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Cattle movers paraded to police station in M.P., made to say ‘Gau Mata Ki Jai’

first_imgAbout 100 villagers tied 25 people with a rope and paraded them through a 2-km stretch to a police station in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday for allegedly transporting cows to Maharashtra, the police said. A video of the purported incident showed several villagers carrying sticks and forcing the alleged cattle-transporters to do sit-ups holding their ears amid cries of “Gau Mata Ki Jai”. The incident happened in Sanwalikheda village in Khalwas area, about 60 km from the district headquarters, a police officer said. “We have booked the people ferrying the cattle for doing so without requisite permissions. We have also lodged a case against the villagers, including farmers, for ill-treating those booked for unauthorised cattle transport,” Khandwa Superintendent of Police Shiv Dayal Singh said. “Villagers brought the group transporting cows to our police station. We seized 21 trucks used for the purpose. The cows have been shifted to a shelter. They were taking the cows from Harda district in M.P. to Maharashtra,” said Inspector Harishanker Rawat of Khalwas police station. The incident comes a day before the start of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly session in which the Kamal Nath government is likely to table an amendment in a law to curb violence in the name of cow protection.Act amendment The State Cabinet last month approved the proposal to amend the M.P. Cow Progeny Slaughter Prevention Act, 2004. The move to amend the law, cleared during the previous BJP government, came after a Muslim man and woman were beaten up on suspicion of carrying beef in M.P.’s Seoni district in May.last_img read more

Pacquiao’s Friday training called off

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “Yesterday he did like 32, 31 rounds so today he’s a little tired and we have to spar again tomorrow,” Fortune told Friday at Elorde Gym in the Mall of Asia Complex.READ: Roach unbothered by Pacquiao’s sluggish starts in sparring FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMembers of Team Pacquiao including head trainer Freddie Roach were present at the gym.Pacquiao (59-6-2) is set to defend his WBO World welterweight championship against the undefeated Horn (16-0-1) in what would be the Filipino icon’s first defense of the belt since his victory against then champion Jessie Vargas in November. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Paras begins ‘humbling’ journey with Cal State Northridge BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netManny Pacquiao’s training session for Friday was called off as the boxer skipped his afternoon routine to cool down after an intense workout on Thursday.Conditioning coach Justin Fortune said Pacquiao, who is preparing for his July 2 fight against Jeff Horn in Australia, wanted to rest after doing more than 30 rounds of drills the previous day.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Boxing’s only eight-division World champion has been ramping up the ante in his training sessions with the fight just a month away.READ: Roach says it’s on Pacquiao when Horn goes down“Yesterday he did a lot of rounds, nine rounds of sparring, and around 32 altogether,” said Fortune.Fortune, though, downplayed any concerns, saying Pacquiao just needs to cool off in preparation for his training session on Saturday. He is expected to move his training to General Santos before wrapping it up in Australia.“He just needs to fall back a little bit, but he’s all good.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Indian World Cup 2011 squad: Sreesanth, Rohit Sharma, Ojha dropped

first_imgIndia’s bowler Munaf Patel (R), celebrates with fellow team member Suresh Raina (L) after taking the winning run of South Africa’s batsman Wayne Parnell (L) during the 2nd ODI cricket match at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 15, 2011.The BCCI on Monday announced the 15-member Indian squad for the 2011 World Cup beginning from February 19.The team comprises seven batsmen, one all-rounder, four pacers and three specialist spinners.Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have been retained from the present team on a tour of South Africa. Vice-captain Virender Sehwag, who had opted out of the ODI series in South Africa, has made a return for cricket’s biggest event.Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra will take care of pace-bowling while Harbhajan, R. Ashwin and Piyush Chawla form the spinners’ trio.Yusuf Pathan has been handed the all-rounder’s job. Wicket-keeping has been entrusted entirely to captain M.S. Dhoni.Those who failed to find a place in the team include spinner Pragyan Ojha, pacer S. Sreesanth and all-rounder Rohit Sharma.The selection panel, headed by chief selector K. Srikkanth, chose the team out of a list of 30 probables. Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten, who are currently busy with the ODI series in South Africa, were also part of the consultations done through teleconferencing.The 15-member team is:MS Dhoni (C)Sachin TendulkarVirender SehwagGautam GambhirYuvraj SinghSuresh RainaVirat KohliYusuf Pathan (all-rounder)Zaheer KhanAshish NehraMunaf PatelPraveen KumarHarbhajan SinghR. AshwinPiyush ChawlaChief selector K. Srikkanth said a well-balanced team had been picked up keeping in mind the ground and wicket conditions in the sub-continent.advertisement”We have selected the best combination after consultations with the captain and the coach. I am confident the team will win the World Cup for us,” Srikkanth said in Chennai.He brushed aside concerns over fitness of the players, saying: “Every team has injury concerns. Why worry about it?”last_img read more

Mithali Raj rises to top spot in ICC batswomen ranking

first_imgIndian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj moves up one place to occupy the number one spot. File Photo   –  PTI COMMENTS Virat Kohli claims back ICC top spot cricket October 30, 2017 Published on accomplishment RELATED center_img × SHARE India captain Mithali Raj today moved up one place to occupy the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batswomen.Ellyse Perry of Australia and Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand also jumped one place each to be at second and third spots while Meg Lanning of Australia has dropped from first to fourth after missing the series against England due to injury.Mithali has 753 points, while Perry and Satterthwaite are on 725 and 720 points respectively.Among women bowlers, Jhulan Goswami remained on second spot with 652 rating points, behind Marizanne Kapp (656) of South Africa.Meanwhile, defending champion Australia’s 2-1 victory over England in the ICC Women’s Championship series has not only helped them garner four useful points but also regain the top spot in the women’s team rankings.England had displaced Australia from the top spot for the first time after the annual update earlier this month,Starting the series ahead on decimal points with both teams on 128 points, Australia made the most of the home conditions to prevail despite the absence of first-choice captain and leading batter Meg Lanning, going up to 129 points and ensuring a two-point lead in the process.Teams get two points for each win, one point for a tie or no-result and no points for a loss in the ICC Women’s Championship, which will see ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 hosts New Zealand and the three other top teams gain direct qualification to the pinnacle women’s 50-over event.The remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier event. India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies are the other sides in the ICC Women’s Championship, which runs till 2020. COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj moves up one place to occupy the number one spot. File Photo   –  PTIlast_img read more

Jepkosgei wins NYC in 1st marathon, Kamworor takes men’s

first_imgJoyciline Jepkosgei, of Kenya, crosses the finish line to win the Pro Women’s Division of the New York City Marathon, in New York’s Central Park, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK — Joyciline Jepkosgei arrived in New York with a modest goal for her first marathon ever.“My focus was to finish the race,” she said, a gold medal hanging around her neck.ADVERTISEMENT Unbeaten no more, Patriots fall to Lamar Jackson and Ravens “I didn’t actually know that I can win,” she said. “But I was trying my best to do it and to make it and to finish strong.”The 25-year-old Jepkosgei holds the world record in the half-marathon but had never run a 26.2-mile race before. She looked pained climbing the final hill but strode confidently over the finish line.It was too much for Keitany, a 37-year-old who collapsed after finishing 53 seconds later. She had won four of the previous five NYC Marathons.“Sometimes a race is a race,” Keitany said. “Anything can happen.”Jepkosgei is the youngest New York winner since 25-year-old Margaret Okayo in 2001. She also won the New York City Half-Marathon in March and is the first runner to win both events.ADVERTISEMENT Kamworor made it a Kenyan sweep moments later with a final time of 2:08:13 on the course that traverses through the city’s five boroughs.He kicked away from countryman Albert Korir in the 24th mile. Korir finished second, and Ethiopian non-elite runner Girma Bekele Gebre was third.Desisa, who is from Ethiopia, was in 17th place at the seven-mile mark before leaving with pain in one of his hamstrings. He was attempting to defend his title 29 days after winning worlds in Doha, Qatar, in boiling conditions he described this week as “dangerous.” With a temperature of 84 degrees F (29 degrees C) for the midnight start, 18 of 73 men didn’t finish that race.Sunday’s run started at an ideal 45 degrees F (7 degrees C).The 26-year-old Kamworor finished third last year after winning in 2017. He was greeted at the finish line by mentor and training partner Eliud Kipchoge, who completed the first sub-2 hour marathon last month — a feat accomplished under conditions so tightly controlled it didn’t qualify for the record books.“I didn’t want to disappoint him,” Kamworor said. “That gave me a lot of motivation. He inspired me to win that race.”Kamworor, also the world record holder in the half-marathon, is the 10th multi-time winner in New York.He was followed closely by Gebre, a former New York resident who returned to Ethiopia recently to train at altitude. He shaved about five minutes off his personal best to finish in 2:08:38.The 26-year-old Gebre has no sponsor and no agent. He’s hoping this breakthrough will change that.“I would like someone to arrange some races for me,” he said through a translator. American Desiree Linden set the pace for the women early and was the top U.S. finisher at sixth. The 2018 Boston Marathon winner hasn’t decided whether she will go to the Olympic team trials in Atlanta on Feb. 29.The 36-year-old wants to gauge her recovery before deciding whether to pursue a third Olympics.“Right now’s not the time, just based on how my calves and my feet feel,” Linden said jokingly.Kellyn Taylor, an American putting her firefighting career on hold to pursue the Olympics, finished seventh.Sara Hall, another U.S. Olympic hopeful who has taken on an unusually heavy race schedule, dropped out in mile 18 after running the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 29.Jared Ward was the top American finisher among the men at sixth place. He hoped the hilly New York terrain would prepare him for the rolling course in Atlanta.“I hope that does set me up well,” he said. “I think I have some confidence.”American 42-year-old Abdi Abdirahman bested his own over-40 record by finishing in 2:11:34. Australia’s Sinead Diver posted the second-fasted women’s time by an over-40 runner. The 42-year-old finished fifth overall in 2:26:23.Manuela Schär of Switzerland won her third straight women’s wheelchair title, giving her eight consecutive marathon major victories. After rolling ahead of the record pace for much of the race, Schär crossed the finish about a minute off the mark at 1:44:20.Daniel Romanchuk of the United States repeated as men’s wheelchair champion in another tight finish over Switzerland’s Marcel Hug. Romanchuk held off Hug by one second for the second straight year, crossing the finish line 1:37:24 England’s David Weir and American Aaron Pike were also within 10 seconds. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Priority legislation in the 18th Congresscenter_img MOST READ Last year, Romanchuk became the first American and youngest competitor to win the men’s division as a 20-year-old. He followed with victories this year at the Boston and London marathons. Hug took the New York title in 2016 and 2017.Organizers were expecting around 52,000 runners to complete the marathon a year after a world record 52,813 crossed the finish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Not bad for a novice.Jepkosgei upset four-time champion Mary Keitany to win the New York City Marathon on Sunday with a historic debut seven seconds off the course record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceGeoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won the men’s event for the second time in three years. He pounced when defending champion Lelisa Desisa dropped out after seven miles following a grueling victory at the sweltering world championships last month.After pulling away from Kenyan countrymate Keitany with about three miles left, Jepkosgei crossed the finish in Central Park in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 38 seconds, the second-best run in course history. View comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?last_img read more

PBA: Magnolia spoils TNT’s twice-to-beat bid

first_imgMagnolia import Romeo Travis. PBA IMAGESMANILA— Magnolia ran every chance to bring TNT to its knees for a 100-93 victory Saturday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at University of Southeastern Philippines Gym in Davao.Import Romeo Travis had 21 points for the Hotshots, who effectively denied the KaTropa a chance at tabbing the last twice-to-beat incentive for the Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue TNT, for its part, is still in the running for that win-once perk but will have its last crack in a rematch with Commissioner’s Cup Finals tormentor and Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer this Wednesday at Antipolo City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE: Jeremy Miado flying knee KOs Miao Li Tao for lone PH win Chris Banchero and Paul Lee each tossed in 13 points while Magnolia’s other pair of guards in Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon combined for 18 points in the stand for a 6-5 record in the race.KJ McDaniels had 33 points, while Bobby Ray Parks Jr. chipped in 21 more, giving TNT a fighting chance to arrest their slide in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceRoger Pogoy added 13 in the effort but was unable to complete a comeback from what was at one point a 23-point rut.Magnolia, the reigning conference champion, has long secured its place for the next round, but it missed out on catching the coveted playoff bonus after its loss to NLEX last week. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentslast_img read more

Top Indian athletes in action at Patiala for Federation Cup

first_imgPatiala, May 31 (PTI) Indias top track and field athletes will be in action during the 21st Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships which will kick-off at the National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) here tomorrow. The championships which will provide an opportunity to Indian athletes to qualify for the upcoming Asian Athletics Championships to be held in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9 will begin with the Women and Men 5000m finals. More than 700 athletes from around the country have registered for the prestigious athletics event organised by Athletics Federation of India (AFI) every year. Adille J Sumariwalla, AFI President, said, “I wish all the athletes a great competition. I hope some records will be broken in Patiala. AFI is glad to receive such a large number of entries even though we had to change the venue from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi to Patiala at the last moment. “We were compelled to take this decision as throwing events were not allowed inside JLN due to preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by India later this year. “AFI is thankful to Punjab Athletics Association and Sports Authority of India for their support and making the last-minute arrangements for the competition,” said AFI President. Some of the top athletes who will be in action during the four-day meet are Neeraj Chopra (Javelin Throw), Ankit Sharma (Long Jump), Tintu Luka (800m), Sudha Singh (3000m SC) and Irfan K T (20km Race Walk) to name a few. PT Usha, former Olympian and coach of top Indian runners such as Olympian Tintu Luka and Jisna Mathew, said, “Weather is hot in Patiala but it is not an issue as athletes are used to perform in such conditions. We are ready for the competition.” Neeraj Chopra, current Youth World Champion in javelin throw, said, “I have already qualified for the IAAF World Championships 2017 but I am participating in this prestigious competition to improve my performance. “In javelin throw, the standard is continuously going up in India so it will be a good competition for all athletes. I will try to do my best in this competition.” Besides, Men and Women 5000m, the other medal events on the opening day of the competition are 400m hurdles (Men & Women) and Women Shot put, High Jump and Hammer Throw. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Report: Bournemouth 2 West Ham 0

first_imgCallum Wilson’s 10th league goal of the season and Josh King’s late tap-in earned Bournemouth their first win in five Premier League matches as West Ham were beaten 2-0 at Vitality Stadium.England international Wilson announced his return to action after recovering from a hamstring injury with a stunning second-half strike and King made sure in stoppage time to give Bournemouth their reward for a tireless performance against a Hammers side in good form.The defeat was only West Ham’s third in their last 10 league games, but Manuel Pellegrini will have been disappointed to miss the opportunity to rise above mid-table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bournemouth, meanwhile, were left just 10 short of the magic 40-point mark that often ensures Premier League safety after a well-deserved— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 19, 2019Jefferson Lerma was Bournemouth’s liveliest player in the early stages, firing over the crossbar from 20 yards in the opening exchanges and then getting caught offside when King’s cross almost put him clean through on goal.The Cherries had the ball in the net when Nathan Ake bundled in Ryan Fraser’s whipped cross at the far post, but the referee ruled it out for offside against Wilson, moments before Samir Nasri drilled a low shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box at the other end.Adam Smith unleashed from 20 yards shortly before the interval, but his aim was wayward and the sides went in level at the break.Lukasz Fabianski made a superb double save early in the second half, diving low to his right to parry Steve Cook’s header away from goal before he stopped Pablo Zabaleta from putting through his own net moments later.Artur Boruc made a good low block to deny Andy Carroll at point-blank range as West Ham countered and Michail Antonio curled a shot over the crossbar following good work by Nasri.But West Ham’s momentum was halted when Fraser burst down the left flank and sent the ball bouncing to the edge of the box where Wilson swung a hammer of a shot that bulged the net to the right of Fabianski, who stood rooted to the spot as it flashed past him.Noble dispossessed King as the forward danced into the box, but Bournemouth poured forwards again and Wilson saw his drilled effort come back off the post. The hosts had Boruc to thank for preserving their lead with a save from Javier Hernandez late in the game.And on the stroke of 90 minutes, Junior Stanislas broke down the right and fed David Brooks who strode into the box before squaring to King and the striker side-footed into an empty net with Fabianski stranded to make sure of the win.What does it mean? Relief for Bournemouth – and HoweA run of only one win in their previous seven Premier League games saw Bournemouth slide down the table, but taking three points against a West Ham team who beat Arsenal a week earlier will have delighted Cherries boss Eddie Howe.Ake impressive at either endWhile Wilson’s strike will grab the headlines, Ake almost opened the scoring when his first-half effort was disallowed and he was superb at the back all afternoon to frustrate Hammers forward Carroll.Nasri is no ArnautovicAside from his low shot in the first half, Nasri offered precious little in attack and was hauled off after 65 minutes having failed to provide West Ham with the creativity and guile that Marko Arnautovic normally delivers.Key Opta Facts- Bournemouth have enjoyed four Premier League wins against West Ham; against no other side have they registered more victories.- West Ham failed to score for the first time in their 13 meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions.- Wilson is only the second player to hit double figures for goals in a single Premier League season for the Cherries (10 goals), following Josh King’s haul of 16 in 2016-17.- King has scored four and assisted one in his three home Premier League appearances against West Ham.What’s next?Bournemouth have a 10-day rest period before they entertain Chelsea in the Premier League while West Ham will hope to avoid an upset when they travel to AFC Wimbledon in the fourth round of the FA Cup. read morelast_img read more

The Best Snowboarding Brands and Our Top Men’s Gear Picks from Each

first_imgWhether you’re an old school ripper or a weekend warrior just looking to the shred the gnar, the one thing that binds veterans and newbies alike is the allure of gear. While we may all have that signature piece that remains a part of our seasonal kit, not a single shredder can avoid scanning the endless sites and magazines touting the latest and greatest.Here are some of the best snowboarding brands shredding fresh pow (or groomed slopes) in style this season. We’ve also included our top men’s gear picks for boards, bindings, goggles, apparel, and everything in between.BurtonDeep Thinker Snowboard, BurtonFounded in 1977, Burton has become synonymous with innovation, sustainability, and the sport itself. The brand is also one of the few that can outfit a rider from head-to-toe. Considered by most to be the godfather of snowboarding, Jake Burton founded the iconic brand in Vermont where it remains headquartered today.Best Burton Gear:Deep Thinker SnowboardPhoton Boa Snowboard BootPortal JacketReserve Bib PantTribute Pullover FleeceTribute Fleece PantWeston BackcountryBackwoods Snowboard. Weston BackcountryHeadquartered in Minturn, Colorado, Weston Backcountry is no stranger to making award-winning boards. While it’s a relative newcomer to the industry, the brand committed to creating unique designs that have racked up numerous accolades in recent years.Best Weston Backcountry gear:Backwoods SnowboardLogger SnowboardMervin ManufacturingWhile only the most die-hard riders might recognize the Mervin name, the brands of Lib Tech, Gnu, Bent Metal Binding Works, and Roxy Snowboards (women’s boards) are all manufactured under this umbrella. Snowboarders Pete Saari and Mike Olson founded Mervin Manufacturing in 1977 and continue to design and produce all of their products in the United States.Best Mervin Manufacturing gear:Lib Tech T.Rice Orca SnowboardGnu Super Progressive Air Machine SnowboardBent Metal Transfer BindingsRIDERIDE Snowboards/FacebookBeginning with just four models in 1992, RIDE emerged on the scene with a vision to create a company and a brand “for the people.” Since its inception, the brand has expanded to include outerwear, bindings, boots, and bags. Having recently relocated to Seattle, Washington, and expanded to a new facility in Asia, RIDE has remained true to its original vision while becoming an industry leader.Best RIDE gear:Berzerker SnowboardRodeo BindingsLasso BootsSpyderSpyder Active Sports/FacebookIn 1978, David Jacobs, former member of the Canadian National Ski Team, began a small mail-order business in his Colorado home. Fast forward 40 years and the brand still possesses one of the most iconic logos on the slopes. What began as a ski sweater company has now evolved to include all forms of ski apparel and accessories, including race suits.Featured Spyder apparel:Eiger GTX Shell JacketThe North FaceCeptor Jacket. The North FaceFor more than 50 years, The North Face has been a staple in the expedition and lifestyle space. Named after the coldest and most unforgiving side of a mountain, the brand began adding skiwear to its offerings during the early 1980s. The “Never Stop Exploring” slogan personifies the company’s commitment to pushing the limits of innovation and design.Best The North Face apparel:Ceptor JacketCeptor Bib PantsPatagoniaThis industry-leading brand is no stranger to making quality gear and its commitment to the environment is unparalleled. No winter snow sports roundup would be complete without Patagonia and the environmentally friendly story behind this season’s lineup: Approximately 80-percent of the collection is made with recycled fabrics, thus diverting 215,000 pounds of factory scraps and plastic bottles from the waste stream.Best Patagonia apparel:Powder Bowl JacketPowder Bowl PantsQuiksilverAustin Sweetin. Quiksilver/FacebookFounded in 1969, Quiksilver has become a staple of both surf and snow around the globe. In addition to its well-loved boardshorts, the brand crafts premium lifestyle apparel, wetsuits, and snowsports outerwear. Since 2012, the company has recycled more than 100 million plastic bottles that have been reused within its product lines.Best Quiksilver gear:Axis HelmetTravis Natural GORE-TEX GlovesSpinDye Snow JacketStratus Snow BibHubble TR GogglesDakineTeam Mission Pro 32L Backpack. DakineFounded in 1979 in Hawaii and now located at the base of Mount Hood in Oregon, Dakine provides a diverse offering in the way of backpacks, travel bags, outerwear, apparel, and accessories. While it has enjoyed success as an alternative sporting brand, Dakine caters to a wide range of activities, including surfing, skateboarding, skiing, and of course, snowboarding.Best Dakine gear:Team Mission Pro 32L BackpackContinental GORE-TEX MittClark Anorak JacketStoker GORE-TEX 3L Bib PantsSweet ProtectionSweet Protection/FacebookSweet Protection was born in 1988 in the country of Norway which, at the time, still prohibited the sport of skateboarding as it was thought to be too dangerous by the government. As kids, its founders created their own boards to skirt the ban. Today, the ban has been lifted but the brand still stands behind the same mantra that was first conceived for a school paper — “stronger, lighter, better” — to create the best protection available.Best Sweet Protection gear:Switcher MIPS HelmetSMITH OpticsIn 1965, orthodontist Dr. Bob Smith created the first sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam goggles. For more than 50 years, SMITH has been pushing the envelope of innovation in eyewear and helmets. With other innovative firsts, like interchangeable lenses and improved helmet technology, the company remains committed to creating the best products possible.Best SMITH Optic gear:I/O MAG GogglesCode MIPS HelmetSPYFounded in Southern California in 1994, SPY is one of the oldest independent action sports eyewear manufacturers. The brand celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019 and continues to lead the market in producing the highest quality goggles, sunglasses, and prescription frames. Best SPY goggles:ACE EC Snow GogglesPOCPOC/FacebookSince its founding in 2005, POC has become a world leader in head protection. The Swedish company first began with the quest of reducing the force transmitted to the brain and body in ski accidents. The company has since expanded its offerings to include helmets, goggles, sunglasses, and body armor for snowsports and cycling. Best POC gear:Obex Spin HelmetFovea Clarity GogglesGoProIf you don’t have proof that you nailed that rail or pushed your limits on a challenging new run, did it really happen? The GoPro HERO7 features HyperSmooth image stabilization and live streaming capabilities. Don’t miss a single second of the action this season whether it’s mounted to your helmet, board, wrist, or chest.Best GoPro product:GoPro HERO7 Black The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Editors’ Recommendations 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United Stateslast_img read more

Your Ward News hate case put over to Aug 22 judge delays

first_imgTORONTO — The case involving a Toronto editor found guilty of promoting hatred against women and Jews has been put over until Aug. 22.The delay is to allow James Sears to provide written material on why he believes his lawyer “threw the case.”Sears wants to have his trial reopened, claiming his lawyer failed to call a defence.The editor of Your Ward News must also come up with a list of proposed witnesses.Sentencing for publisher LeRoy St. Germaine was also put on hold.The judge wants to see if St. Germaine will agree to some kind of mediation.St. Germaine, 77, and Sears, 55, were found guilty of hate promotion in January.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars To Play God For Charity

first_imgCelebrity actors will be appearing as God in Monty Python’s Spamalot this summer at The Playhouse Theatre to raise money for charity.
Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Windsor, Larry Lamb, Bradley Walsh, Simon Callow and Christopher Biggins will all be appearing this summer at The Playhouse Theatre to raise money for charity.
’The Summer of Spamalot Charity Gods’ has been created to raise-a-lot of shillings for several charities including Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Scene & Heard, Stage For Age and Keats Community Library which are supported by the actors who will be playing God.
The actors took time out of their busy schedule to film the part of God, which will be shown during each performance of Spamalot, with their portrayal running for a week at a time from 15th July onwards.
Hugh Bonneville’s performance as God kicks off the season, with a special night to celebrate the start of his week on Monday 15th July from 8pm. Barbara Windsor will then be at the theatre on Monday 5th August for her first night as God and Simon Callow will be in the audience on Monday 12th August to mark the start of his week as God. Other Gods opening nights will be announced soon.
The role of God is currently played by Python legend Eric Idle, and features in Spamalot when King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table are given their quest to find The Holy Grail.
Sir Howard Panter (says he’s a real Knight! as if), Producer of Spamalot for Ambassador Theatre Group, said; “It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to bring friends of the show in to the role of God in this way, so that we can help such deserving causes while making audiences laugh at the same time.”
Downton Abbey star, Hugh Bonneville, will kick off the ‘Summer of Spamalot Gods’ on 15th July and he said: “I wanted to play God in Spamalot in order to support Scene & Heard, a North London charity, which gives local young people living in challenging circumstances the opportunity to work with arts professionals and create theatre scripted entirely by the children. I’m grateful to the producers of Spamalot for this novel way of bringing attention to Scene & Heard’s inspirational work. I’m also delighted to be involved with the show because an ancestor on my mother’s side was in fact one of the Knights who say Ni.”
Legendary British actress, Barbara Windsor, who plays Spamalot’s first female God, said; “I wanted to play God in Spamalot because having been 4ft 10.5 inches tall (four feet, ten and a half inches) all my life, this would be the first and only time people would look up to me…..”. Describing his portrayal as God in Spamalot, stage and screen actor, Simon Callow said; “I wanted to play God because it’s such a challenging role for a mere mortal. Spamalot is a work of genius and God is the climax. So it was irresistible. The charity to whom I’ve donated my fee is the Keats Grove Library, scandalously closed by the Local Authority and re-opened by a group of local people headed by my friend, the wonderful actor Lee Montague. I used to live round the corner as a young actor and used the library all the time. Don’t know what I would have done without it.”To find out more, click here.last_img read more

Reaching climate deal will boost private sector – UN

Nations are expected to conclude negotiations on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol – the legally binding emissions reduction regime whose first commitment period ends in 2012 – at December’s UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.Over 400 delegates at a Business for the Environment (B4E) summit in Paris, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Global Compact, underscored in a closing manifesto that agreement on a new climate regime is crucial, with recovering from the current economic turmoil requiring investments in clean technologies and sustainable infrastructure systems.“Combating climate change represents perhaps the biggest stimulus package of the first decade of the 21st century – one that can assist in delivering a resource-efficient, innovation-savvy, employment-generating global Green Economy,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director.Participants at the Paris meeting emphasized the need for increased transparency and a new risk paradigm that takes into account extra-financial issues in the realms of environment and governance.“We need to shift to a longer-term orientation of value creation, one that accommodates the understanding that the sustainability of business and societies are inextricably linked,” said George Kell, Executive Head of the office of the Global Compact, a UN alliance for responsible businesses. 23 April 2009Global business leaders at a United Nations-backed gathering today stressed the importance of reaching an ambitious climate change deal later this year, noting that such a pact will spur the growth of a ‘green’ economy. read more

Afghanistan needs financial support to prevent rights abuses UN expert

Establishing the rule of law in Afghanistan is a “formidable challenge because the country’s capacity to be able to gather the guns, to be able to silence the guns, to neutralize them and to replace them with forces that can secure the lives and security of persons, secure women’s rights against assaults and abuse, and the positive rights – access to education and health – all of these require that the capacity of the nascent institutions be built and strengthened,” said Kamal Hossain, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan.International funding must be provided to achieve these goals, he told a press briefing in New York. “If you are to…support the programme for change from a devastated economy, from a society in which people have been deprived of their rights, security of persons, security of life, women’s rights – if you are to restore those rights, there have to be resources made available.”He welcomed the fact that women – banned from working under the Taliban – are now back on the job, but voiced concern that teacher’s salaries have not been paid in six months. This “underlines the magnitude of the problem of restoring rights,” he said, noting that there were attacks on girls’ schools throughout the country, while some elements were distributing leaflets opposing education for young women.The local communities had responded by seeking to rebuild the educational facilities, demonstrating that “the urge for girls to go to school is there and is widely shared, and resources should therefore be made available to make those opportunities available,” Mr. Hossain said.Noting that there were many deserving causes across the globe seeking resources, he said, “I do like to make an earnest plea for Afghanistan because of the long period of deprivation and the devastation they have suffered.” read more

Kony 2012 One year later Invisible Children still focused on ending violence

first_imgTHE KONY 2012 campaign exploded across social media one year ago this week. The charity behind the viral video has said that while the international response was massive, it has not been enough to bring an end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).Invisible Children, which produced the Kony 2012 documentary that called for the capture and arrest of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, released an anniversary film on Tuesday.In a statement to mark the anniversary, Invisible Children said the aim of the Kony campaign was to make the alleged Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony “famous” in order to bring him to the International Criminal Court by the end of 2012. However, while they admit he is “the most wanted man in the world” he has not yet been apprehended.It is believed Kony fled to Sudan for safe haven.The organisation said they are still focused on bringing down the African warlord adding that the viral YouTube video had brought about significant achievements and progressions in the hunt for Joseph Kony, such as a drop in civilian killings by the LRA of 67 per cent from 2011 to 2012.Invisible Children also welcome President Obama committing the American special forces to the effort to track down and arrest Kony, as well as the US Congress passing new legislation in January 2013 authorising a reward of up to $5 million for information that leads to Kony’s arrest.Ugandan responseSpeaking to about behind the scenes of the Ugandan government at that time, Kevin McPartlan, who was part of a team of Irish consultants advising the government of Uganda how to manage its international reputation, said that the Kony 2012 viral campaign was something the government had to address quickly. “It was just an explosion, it happened very very quickly. We did capture it before the likes of Oprah Winfrey getting involved, so we had a day or two head start before the international media picked it up. It was very clear that this was going to get very big, very quickly.”Having looked at the film he said they believed that some aspects of the film were just untrue as far as they were concerned. He said: The initial video impression was that Kony was operational in Uganda. The Ugandan government had turfed him out in 2006. There are plenty that the Ugandans aren’t blameless for, but on this they were exemplary. It was the current prime minister of Uganda who went to the International Criminal Court and asked that Kony be indicted, so we felt it was unfair.Mr McPartlan said the Ugandan Government needed to respond to the video. “We went to the ministers and explained that this is a social media phenomenon and we need to respond through social media, that was a tough sale,” he said, adding that the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who is relatively social media savvy, was reluctant. He later agreed to put out a statement via YouTube.Over the past year, Invisible Children said their fight to ending the LRA conflict has continued. With increased funding the organisation have expanded their protection programmes, which encourage LRA fighters to safely surrender, established five safe reporting sites which give designated areas where LRA combatants can surrender and expanded their early warning radio network, which alerts communities of LRA activity in their area.They state that in 2013 they will continue to focus on bringing an end to LRA violence.(Via YouTube/invisiblechildreninc)Read: Tánaiste is ‘greatly concerned’ that Joseph Kony remains at large>Video: Invisible Children release sequel video to Kony 2012>last_img read more

Science says playing StarCraft makes you smarter so stop wasting your time

first_imgA new study suggests that you have been wasting your time getting a “proper” education, doing homework, and taking tests, when you should’ve been playing real-time strategy games instead. Researchers at Queen Mary University and University College London have performed a study that found playing real-time strategy games — as opposed to other genres of video games — improved the cognitive flexibility of gamers.Cognitive flexibility is more or less your ability to think on the fly, as well as entertain different thoughts at once. Researchers collected 72 female participants and split the overall group into thirds. Two of the groups played StarCraft, while the other third played The Sims. The groups played their respective games for a total of 40 hours over six to eight weeks. The participants took psychological tests before and after the play period.The results showed that the groups playing StarCraft scored better at the post-gaming cognitive flexibility tests than the group that played The Sims. Any gamer will attest that different types of games boost certain skills; shooters will boost your twitch skills, while music games will boost your rhythm.It has been shown time and again that brain-training games don’t actually make you smarter, but instead simply train you to do well at the specific tests provided in the game. This is the same gripe people have with standardized testing; you aren’t becoming smarter, you’re just learning how to be good at a specific test.This research proved that games like StarCraft, where the critical thinking problems are fluid and you have to manage a lot of separate parts all at once, do bolster an important skill set. You won’t learn history (unless you read the Civilopedia, of course) or complicated math, but you’ll essentially learn how to better think. Another interesting tidbit from the study, is that people who played The Sims — a life simulator — scored lower on the tests when they were faced with a game that makes you perform menial, everyday tasks. Basically, science just said you should quit school and stop doing chores, for the benefit of your brain.Now read: Portal 2 will be used to teach in schoolslast_img read more

Lawmakers report Boeing money arrived after vote

first_imgSEATTLE — Some lawmakers say they didn’t receive campaign contributions from Boeing until after voting on a tax break for the company.Boeing’s political committee had reported in records to the state Public Disclosure Commission that it gave the maximum donation of $900 to seven lawmakers a few days before the Legislature approved tax incentives valued at some $9 billion.Some of the lawmakers reported that the donations were actually received days later. Republican Sen. John Braun reported receiving it nearly a month after Boeing says it was provided. Others who reported receiving the donations later were Sens. Sharon Brown and John Braun along with Reps. Norm Johnson, Charles Ross, Shelly Short and Dave Upthegrove.Brent Ludeman with the Senate Republican Campaign Committee says he doesn’t think any lawmaker on either side of the aisle was influenced by Boeing’s contributions.last_img read more

Heavy Traffic Expected On Seward Highway This Weekend

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers are expecting traffic to be heavy on the Kenai Peninsula due to multiple events drawing visitors here and increasing traffic this weekend. Taylor: “We are asking motorists  to please be patient and use extreme caution while sharing the road with bicycles, pedestrians, and slow-moving vehicles.” Jonathon Taylor, Communications Director: “This weekend is the second weekend of the Kenai River Dipnet Fishery Opening and historically is the busiest weekend for the fishery.  Over the last 10 years, the Kenai Fishery has averaged a harvest of about 350,000 sockeye salmon among about 30,000 permit holders according to data from the Department of Fish and Game.” In addition, there may be sections of the highway where motorists will encounter road construction. Traffic fines are doubled in safety corridors and construction zones. For road construction information, visit 511.Alaska.Gov or The Seward Highway will also be the race course for portions of the Alaskaman Triathlon that takes place on Saturday, July 21.  Portions of the biking segment of the race will require racers and their support vehicles to be on the highway in places where narrow or no shoulders are present.last_img read more

How David Holthouse Decided to Name the Bogeyman

first_imgA high profile case about an alleged child rape from 1978 is at an impasse because of Alaska’s old statute of limitations.When David Holthouse retold his story of being raped as a child to lawmakers in February, he had no idea it would set off a chain of events that would lead to filing a police report and publicly naming his rapist in the Anchorage Press last week.Download AudioDavid Holthouse’s talk in the Capitol in February set off a chain of events that led him to publicly name his rapist. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Writer David Holthouse had never publicly identified the person who raped him in Eagle River when he was 7 years old.“I did not want to destroy his life by naming him,” he says.But Holthouse’s 2004 article “Stalking the Bogeyman” gives clues, including one to throw people off. According to Holthouse, the perpetrator was a star athlete at Chugiak High School and was profiled in the Anchorage Daily News. As an adult, he moved to Broomfield, Colo., a Denver-area suburb. Holthouse also wrote that his rapist was about 17-years-old. Now, Holthouse says he deliberately misrepresented the age and his perpetrator was 14 at the time.In the story Holthouse describes the traumatic experience, his plans to kill his rapist and finally confronting him as an adult.“After meeting him in person and hearing him swear to me that he had never raped a child before or after he perpetrated the crime on me, I decided that it was possible that he was telling the truth,” Holthouse says.There was a caveat though. Holthouse followed up with a letter, which said,“If any other victims come forward at any point in the future, I’m going to write a second article and this one will name you,” Holthouse says.Nearly 11 years after writing that letter, Holthouse was in the Alaska State Capitol Building sharing his story. He spoke in support of a law that would require public schools to teach sexual abuse prevention.After the talk, Holthouse says two people in the Capitol told him they might know other victims of his rapist.“I was very careful about the way I dealt with the situation,” Holthouse says. “I sort of heard them out. In both conversations, it got to the point where they said, ‘I’m going to say the name and you tell me if it’s the same person.’”It was. Holthouse says he felt relieved.“I guess the relief was just in finally knowing. The question of whether or not he was telling me the truth – it haunted me for more than a decade and I felt like I finally know,” Holthouse says.Since that day in the Capitol, Holthouse says he’s wanted to write the story naming him, but “I needed to meet one on one with people and have them tell me their stories for me to feel like I had the information to go through with it.”He tracked them down.“Eagle River in the late 1970s and the 1980s was an even smaller town than it is now, so once I had a couple of leads and a couple of names of kids, now adults, but kids who ran in the same social circle, it took me a couple months but I could sort of gently reach out to them and point them to my original piece and say, ‘Is this something that you would like to sit down and talk to me about by any chance?’”Holthouse says he’s convinced his rapist sexually assaulted two other boys and a girl. He’s heard about other suspicious incidents as well.KTOO could not reach the man for comment. According to property records, he owns a home in Broomfield, Colo. Holthouse says he still lives there. Phone numbers listed for the man were out of service. He’s not listed in sex offender registries in Alaska or Colorado.Holthouse wrote “Outing the Bogeyman” in the Anchorage Press for himself “to just finally tell on him, just to finally  give that 7-year-old a voice and tell on him.”And to let other survivors know “no matter how much time has passed, when someone rapes you when you’re a kid, they give you the power to avenge yourself and that power is you know their name and you can use it,” Holthouse says.It could be online, it could be in a letter, it could be confronting the person, it could be reporting them to the police.Holthouse has done all of these things.He recently reported the rape to the Anchorage Police Department.“My report alone is not going to prompt a criminal investigation let alone an arrest or prosecution, but they said reports like this are still important because if other victims were to come forward it would help corroborate their accounts,” Holthouse says.In 1978, the year Holthouse says he was sexually abused, the statute of limitation on child rape was ten years. Lawmakers eliminated that time constraint in September of 1992. There’s currently no statute of limitation for child rape cases.Holthouse’s case may not be viable for prosecution. But if someone comes forward with an incident that occurred after 1982, that’s fair game.last_img read more

Mahindra Launches Verito Vibe in India for ₹563 Lakh

first_imgMahindra and Mahindra’s (M&M) much anticipated Verito Vibe Hatchback made its India debut on Wednesday with price tag starting at ₹5.63 lakh.The vehicle, which looks like the revamped version of M&M’s Verito sedan, was launched in three variants – Verito Vibe D2 ,Verito Vibe D4 and Verito Vibe D6. The all new hatchback from India’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer is powered by a 1.5 litre Renault K9K diesel engine which churns out 65PS pf power and peak torque of 160Nm. Currently, the car is launched only with a diesel engine and will be an upper B segment vehicle.”Verito Vibe gives us the opportunity to play in the large and highly competitive compact car segment,” said Pravin Shah, head of Mahindra’s automotive division.The top-end model of Verito Vibe comes with safety features like ABS+EBD, dual front airbags, computerized driver information system and electrically adjustable ORVMs. The other features of the model include aircon, cabin heater, front door map pockets and 2 DIN music system.With the launch of Verito Vibe hatchback, M&M forayed into a new segment and hopes to be a success. The company’s entry in the small car segment comes at a time when competition in the SUV market is getting stiff with the upcoming launches from Ford and Nissan.”Mahindra will continue to lose market share in the overall passenger vehicle industry, because of lack of new launches (by Mahindra) in the SUV segment and an extremely competitive environment thanks to launches by their competitors,” said Yaresh Kothari, an auto analyst with Mumbai-based Angel Broking, reported Reuters.The newly launched Verito Vibe is priced as follows:Verito Vibe D2 – ₹5.63 lakhVerito Vibe D4 – ₹5.89 lakhVerito Vibe D6  – ₹6.49 lakhlast_img read more

White House was warned Flynn a blackmail risk

first_imgMichael Flynn (R). AFP file photoThe White House was warned in January that Donald Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, a top former official told lawmakers Monday, as the issue of the president’s ties to Moscow returned to the spotlight.Trump hit back by dismissing suggestions that his team colluded with Russia as a “hoax,” and calling the congressional investigations into Russia’s interference in the US election a taxpayer-funded “charade.”Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, a Barack Obama appointee sacked by Trump early in his presidency, took the stand alongside former director of national intelligence James Clapper during Monday’s hotly-anticipated three-hour hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.Yates confirmed reports that she had told the White House, six days into Trump’s administration, that Flynn, a former military intelligence chief, had not been honest with Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with the Russian ambassador to Washington, leaving him vulnerable to leverage from Moscow.It nevertheless took 18 days before the president, pressed by Pence and others, dismissed the retired army lieutenant general, who had advised him on security issues throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.“We believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians,” Yates told the hearing in her first public comments on the scandal which has dogged the opening months of Trump’s presidency.“This was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this but that they likely had proof of this information. And that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security advisor essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians.”Yates, who was fired on January 30 after defying Trump over his contested travel ban, did not say what Flynn discussed with ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a number of December 2016 phone calls, which were secretly monitored by US intelligence.Pence said in January that Flynn denied those calls involved sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration in response to its election meddling.Obama warned TrumpTrump has repeatedly branded the issue of Russian interference “fake news” despite the US intelligence community’s conclusion that President Vladimir Putin himself was behind the meddling.In a series of tweets Monday evening, Trump doubled down on that stance.“The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?” fumed one post, while in a second the president targeted Yates—claiming she had “said nothing but old news!” after earlier assailing her for allegedly leaking classified information.Known as a tough and independent prosecutor, Yates has been a target of Trump’s ire since her refusal in January to support his controversial immigration ban on nationals from several Muslim-majority nations—for which he fired her.Yates’ comments came after former Obama officials revealed that the outgoing president himself firmly warned Trump against naming Flynn as national security advisor, just two days after the November 8 election.Obama had cautioned against Flynn, whom he fired in 2014 as head of the defense intelligence agency, due to his poor record in administration and personnel management.In separate testimony Monday, Clapper called Russia’s interference in last year’s election “a clarion call for vigilance and action against a threat to the very foundations of our democratic political system.”“I believe they’re now emboldened to continue such activities in the future, both here and around the world, and to do so even more intensely,” he said.The dual testimony by Yates and Clapper returned the spotlight to the simmering controversy over Russia’s meddling in last year’s US election.Probes by several congressional committees into Russian election meddling have been bogged down for weeks amid accusations by Democrats that Republicans have stalled progress to protect the White House.last_img read more