Rain interruptions the worst part of cricket

first_imgGeorgetown (Guyana): India skipper Virat Kohli was left frustrated after the first ODI against West Indies — which turned into a start-stop affair — was eventually called off due to rain. Thursday’s match, which started after a delay of 90 minutes, saw only 13 overs of play with several rain interruptions. First, it was reduced to 43-overs a side game before rain once again played spoilsport. After two interruptions, the match was finally abandoned when West Indies were 54/1. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It’s probably the worst part of cricket. A stop-start is never a good feeling. Either it should rain out or play the full game. The more stops you have, the more you want to be careful to ensure that the players don’t injure themselves,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. When asked about playing in the Caribbean Islands, Kohli said: “A few pitches might have good pace and bounce, while others can be a bit slower and difficult. So you have to assess them and play accordingly.” During the match, the Indian skipper was, however, seen dancing to the DJ’s tunes at the Providence Stadium. While, the Indian skipper danced with his teammates on several occasions, he even managed to rope in Chris Gayle, his former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate. The two teams will now take on each other in the second ODI in Port of Spain on Sunday.last_img read more

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Bravery dignity of Wayanad people truly humbling says Rahul Gandhi

first_imgKozhikode (Ker): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has praised the flood-hit people of his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, saying the bravery and dignity displayed by them in the face of tragedy was “truly humbling.” “I left Wayanad with nothing but pride for the people I represent,” Gandhi wrote on his Facebook page. He left Kerala on Wednesday morning after winding up his two-day visit to Wayanad ravaged by floods and landslides. “The display of bravery and dignity in the face of immense tragedy is truly humbling. It is such an honour and pleasure to be your MP. Thank you Kerala,” he wrote. Gandhi had visited flood-hit areas including worst-hit Puthumala in Wayanad district and Kavalappara near Nilambur in Malappuram district. At Puthumala and Kavalappara, where landslides wrecked havoc last week, many people are still feared to be trapped beneath the debris. The Congress leader has urged the Central and state governments to “aggressively support” the people hit by the national calamity.last_img read more

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Police fire at lorry in Koggala one person killed

Investigations have been launched into the incident. The Police opened fire on a lorry in Koggala killing one person, the Police media unit said.The Police said that shots were fired towards the lorry after it failed to stop when ordered to by the Police at a check point.

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Security Council extends UN political mission in GuineaBissau

The United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Guinea-Bissau to assist in finding solutions to the political and economic crisis being exacerbated by additional challenges posed by transnational crime, in particular drug trafficking and money laundering. The 15-member council voted unanimously to extend through 31 May 2014 the work of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) to support efforts focused on fully restoring constitutional order and medium-term stability in the country recovering from a military coup. This is in line with the suggestions that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made in his latest report. Presenting that report to the Council earlier in the month, Jose Ramos Horta, head of UNIOGBIS, said that if appropriate support is given towards more pro-active preventive diplomacy programmes, “Guinea-Bissau could become a shining example of a success story.”In today’s resolution, the Council requested Mr. Ban to “increase efforts to achieve greater coherence, coordination and efficiency among relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programs in Guinea-Bissau to maximize their collective effectiveness toward combating drug trafficking.”The Council also called on Guinea-Bissau authorities “to review, adopt and implement national legislations and mechanisms” to more effectively stem the flow of drugs and illegal funds in and out of the country, particularly through additional support to the Transnational Crime Unit (TCU) established under the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI).The international community was urged to enhance cooperation with Guinea-Bissau to more effectively ensure control of its air traffic and surveillance of maritime security within its jurisdiction. Among other key points, the Council emphasized the importance of organizing an international pledging conference on the recovery of Guinea-Bissau after the holding of free, fair and transparent elections. According to recommendations in the Secretary-General’s report, the first phase of the restoration of constitutional order and stability would culminate in presidential and legislative elections, and focus on creating “a political environment built on confidence and non-interference in the electoral process.”Mr. Horta has said he expects elections to be held by November. Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau – a West African country with a history of coups, misrule and political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974 – seized power on 12 April 2012.The coup d’etat came ahead of a presidential run-off election that was slated for 22 April between Carlos Gomes Júnior and a former President, Kumba Yala, prompting calls from the international community for a return to civilian rule. read more

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Home Office blocks Canadian from teaching Gaelic in Hebridean primary school

first_imgBunessan Primary School, Isle of Mull A Scottish island’s school finally found a Gaelic teacher after a six month search – only for their efforts to be thwarted by the Home Office denying her a visa.The post at Bunessan Primary, on the Isle of Mull, did not attract any Scottish applicants but a Gaelic-speaking Canadian teacher eventually came forward. Sine Halfpenny, from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, agreed to move continent to take the post, but was barred by Home Office officials on the grounds she “failed to meet the required points” required for a visa.The Scottish Government has pushed for more Gaelic education in schools, but despite the difficulties in recruitment, Gaelic teachers do not feature on the Home Office’s Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List which allows visa applications from overseas to be fast tracked. Bunessan Primary started looking for a teacher in June this year and after waiting half a year for a suitable applicant, staff were delighted when Ms Halfpenny applied for the job.As well as speaking Gaelic, Ms Halfpenny studied in Scotland and was professionally qualified to teach in Scottish schools. Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has said the rejection is “ludicrous”, as he urged officials to review their decision. “The parents have done a lot of hard work to get a Gaelic unit established,” Mr Russell said.  Bunessan Primary School, Isle of Mullcenter_img He blamed an “obsession with keeping migration numbers down” for the rejecting the visa application. “I have asked the Scottish Government to support the council in redoubling its efforts to get this sorted for the good of the children and community on Mull,” Mr Russell said. “I hope the UK Government will show some Christmas spirit and withdraw its objection now.”Jennifer Johnson, who has four children at the schools, said that the Home Office’s rejection of Ms Halfpenny’s visa means that the “very existence of Gaelic medium unit will be called into question”.She said: “It felt like a miracle when we were given approval for Gaelic education at our school and when we received an application from a suitably-qualified teacher. “It seemed as though we’d made it and we just needed to get over this last hurdle.”We can’t see any logical reason why Sine should not be given a visa – she is keen to fill a position that no-one in the country has applied to do.A Home Office spokeswoman said: “All visa applications are considered in line with immigration rules and on the evidence provided.”Ms Halfpenny’s visa was refused as she did not submit a certificate of sponsorship. “Her sponsor’s application, for a restricted certificate of sponsorship, was rejected as it failed to meet the required points.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Sandvik Mining to provide five D25KS drill rigs for Nkomati mine site

first_imgAveng Moolmans, one of Africa’s largest surface mining contractors, has awarded Sandvik the contract to provide five Sandvik D25KS drills to its fleet at Nkomati mine, South Africa,  bringing the total number of Sandvik drills on its various sites to 40. The agreement also includes a service contract, with Sandvik providing on-site training and spare parts.The Sandvik D25KS is a diesel-powered, self-propelled crawler-mounted blasthole drill rig for mining and large-scale quarrying. Known for its compact size and powerful undercarriage, it is a stable and highly-maneuverable surface drill.The D25KS offers a high pressure air compressor for drilling with down-the-hole (DTH) hammers, a two-person cab for training and  operator efficiency, rugged design for durability in continuous drilling operations and an optional external loader that adds flexibility to the hole depth, hole diameter and drilling method.Aveng Moolmans selected Sandvik as its equipment provider based on a 15-year relationship. Additionally, the ease of operation, minimal downtime and ability to transport rigs to other sites attracted Aveng Moolmans to the Sandvik products.Dewald Hatting of Aveng Moolmans said: “We look forward to expanding our Nkomati fleet with Sandvik’s drills. We have trusted Sandvik to provide us with reliable equipment for years, and have successfully used its rigs on our mine sites across Africa.”Sandvik has a wide reach across Africa. It provides drills to all of Aveng Moolmans’ African mines currently in operation, including the Sishen iron ore mine, Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, Klipbankfontein Kolomela iron ore mine, Smaldel coal mine, Sadiola gold mine, Siguiri gold mine, Iduapriem gold mine, Phoenix nickel mine and Langer Heinrich mine.“We are really pleased to have this additional opportunity in South Africa, “ said Ken Stapylton, Vice President for Surface and Exploration Drilling, Sandvik Mining. “It’s a major market with significant mining activity. Our growth in the region depends on great partnerships with customers like Aveng Moolmans.”last_img read more

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Granollers Cup 2015 confirms slogan Fun friends and handball

← Previous Story Manolo Cadenas to complete Wisla Plock squad before EHF CL start Next Story → HP counts 210.000 unique visitors in 2015 – Germany takes the lead Granollers Cup 2015 Amazing handball experience for the youth players worldwide – Granollers Cup 2015 coming to the end with the last day of June. Dozens of handball teams from 19 countries, over 4.200 participants who were the stars in over 1.000 matches during five days of the tournament were the biggest promotion of our sport in Spain and Catalunya.Fun, friends and handball. This was a promise of people from Granollers and they did it again.Here are the results of the final matches:U13 Men: BM La Roca 20 – 15 KH-7 BM GranollersU13 Women: KH-7 BM Granollers 13 – 9 Handbol Puig de’n VallsU15 Men: KH-7 BM Granollers 24 – 21 BM La RocaU15 Women: KH-7 BM Granollers 22 – 12 BM La RocaU17 Men: BM La Roca 16 – 12 Selecció LyonU17 Women: Sarpsborg 9 – 12 San Sebastián de los ReyesU19 Men: Handbol Gavà 19 – 22 Ystad IFU19 Women: Handbol Sant Vicenç 15 – 10 KH-7 BM GranollersJunior Male: KH-7 BM Granollers 15 – 18 Aso Rock KingsJunior Female: Skanela 11 – 9 KH-7 BM GranollersThe Award VII Pep Blanchart to the sporting career has been awarded to Miguel Ángel López Martínez, better known as “VILLO”, which is a school teacher and coordinator in the Sagrado Corazón de Madrid and has participated every year in the Cup (the first 8 years with Corazonistas Zaragoza, and the last nine with Corazonistas Madrid). read more

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Hormone de croissance le procès en appel vient de souvrir

first_imgHormone de croissance : le procès en appel vient de s’ouvrirFrance – L’affaire dite de l’hormone de croissance est née après la mort de nombreux jeunes. Le procès en appel vient de s’ouvrir à Paris, causant une vive émotion auprès des familles des victimes. L’affaire de l’hormone de croissance concerne un drame sanitaire qui a ému et émeut encore les Français. Plusieurs dizaines de jeunes personnes sont mortes, touchées par la maladie de Creutzfeldt-Jacob. Les familles des victimes accusent Fernand Dray et Elisabeth Mugnier d’homicide involontaire, d’imprudence et de négligence. Les enfants décédés auraient selon elles reçu un traitement élaboré à base d’une hormone inadaptée ou infectée.Plusieurs autres acteurs de ce drame ne seront pas jugés puisque décédés depuis la relaxe en première instance. Aujourd’hui, les familles veulent faire entendre leur cause auprès du tribunal, tandis que les accusés tenteront de s’expliquer sur les zones d’ombre de cette affaire et les risques pris à l’époque.Le 4 octobre 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Tick pilot on Amazon wont tick off fans of the blue superhero

first_img Arthur1/11Arthur is still a meek tech geek, but now he’s obsessed after being traumatized as a child when his father was killed. Arthur knows that the villain responsible is still somewhere in the world, terrorizing, and needs to find him. The show is actually Arthur’s story.<><> The pilot episode of The Tick is up on Amazon right now, as part of their pilot program that selects what shows they choose to order for full seasons. Fans of the cult-classic comic book and cartoon already got their chance at a live action TV show back in 2001 when Patrick Warburton donned the goofy blue superhero’s duds, but it was a mere nine episodes aired before it was canceled. That show itself has become something of a cult classic itself, as more people found it after it got unceremoniously dumped.Now it’s been revived with the one and only Peter Serafinowicz in the lead role, Griffin Newman as his sidekick (and true main character of the show?) Arthur, and Jackie Earle Haley as the villain The Terror. We took a look at it and found many changes to the series- some of which will be welcome for fans, and some which are a bit puzzling. But either way this is a really solid pilot and we can’t wait to see more adventures of the mismatched pair, which will hopefully happen if enough people watch it and rate it. So definitely check it out here if you’re interested and you can help the world have more Tick in it.For now let’s take a look at all the ways that this new Tick is different. Click the gallery below to start!Spooooon!last_img read more

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4 transported to hospital after major highway crash

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Four people were transported to the hospital, Thursday, after a major collision.7 Skyforce HD hovered over the scene on Interstate 95 going southbound, just before the Miami Gardens Drive exit. A woman was seen being taken away by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue on a stretcher after being taken out of the taxi she was riding in.The taxi cab driver was thrown into the passenger seat due to the impact of the crash, which occurred just before 8:30 a.m. The driver had to be removed from the vehicle.Two other victims were also transported to area hospitals.All of the southbound lanes were closed and motorists were forced to get by on the shoulder while officials investigated. However, all lanes have since been reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Florida City grocery store catches fire no injuries

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FLORIDA CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – – Officials are investigating after fire broke out inside a Florida City business.Florida City Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to Moreno’s Tortilla Shop, just before 8:45 a.m., Saturday.Cameras captured light smoke coming from the roof of the grocery store and restaurant located near Southwest Fourth Avenue and West Palm Drive.Investigators said the fire started in the attic.No one was hurt.Crews were able to put out the flames and remained at the scene to ventilate the structure.The cause if the fire remains under investigation. last_img read more

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Chennakeshava temple in Appojiguda to be renovated soon

first_imgMoinabad: Sri Tridandi Devanatha Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji visited Chennakeshava temple in Appojiguda on Friday. Renovation of the temple would start in a short time. The 200 years old temple is said to be encroached. Lakshya Sadhana Foundation Founder Sriman Pragna Raju, elders of the village Bathula Anjaneyulu, Bathula Balaraju Goud, Bathula Bikshapathi Goud, Bathula Shekar Goud, Bathula Mallesh Goud, Venkatesh Goud, Nalam Chevalla Ramesh Goud and others were present.last_img

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Fortis Healthcare Standard Chartered PE sells 73 million shares

first_imgEmployees sit on the helpdesk reception of the Fortis Memorial Hospital at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, May 20, 2015.Reuters fileShares of hospital chain Fortis Healthcare gained 9.29 percent on Monday to close at Rs 203 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) apparently on a bulk deal involving 73 lakh shares. Standard Chartered Private Equity (Mauritius) sold 73,04,455 shares at Rs 190.66 apiece, valuing the deal at about Rs 139 crore.As of March 31, 2017, Standard Chartered Private Equity (Mauritius) held 1,58,13,042 shares, or 3.05 percent, of the total equity capital of Fortis Healthcare.Fortis has 45 healthcare facilities (including those under development) in India, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 45 healthcare facilities with about 10,000 potential beds, in addition to 314 diagnostic centres.In an earnings preview, ICICI Securities said that Fortis Healthcare is likely to report 2.4 percent sequential growth in net profit to Rs 34.7 crore while revenues are expected to rise 4.3 percent to Rs 1,182 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2017. On Monday, the BSE Sensex closed 0.16 percent lower at 29,413 and the NSE Nifty ended at 9,139. Shares that hit 52-week high included Natco Pharma, DLF, Century Textiles, Petronet LNG, Piramal Enterprises and LIC Housing Finance.The weak trade was attributed to global cues, especially the rising geo-political tension in the Korean peninsula after North Korea started flexing its military muscle last week.”Weak global markets on account of geo-political tensions had negative impact in the market. However, there was stocks specific action in the market. Broader market was positive as Mid-cap and small-cap stocks were in limelight,” Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.The Indian rupee closed at 64.52 to the US dollar on Monday, down 11 paise from Friday closing.India’s gems and jewellery exports rose in 2016-17 in comparison to the preceding fiscal.last_img read more

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Man killed in biketruck collision on Jessore Road

first_imgKolkata: A middle-aged man, whose identity is yet to be confirmed by the police, was killed in a road accident on Jessore Road near Doltala in North 24-Parganas on Tuesday morning.The incident led to traffic congestion on the busy Jessore road. Police said that the victim was riding a motorcycle on his way to the airport when a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction knocked him down. Due to the intensity of the accident the victim fell at a distance. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThough the victim was wearing a helmet it fell off from his head when he was hit by the truck. The person received critical head injuries on his head and also on other parts of his body. Local residents rushed to the spot immediately after the accident. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. Onlookers gathered in the area, which led to traffic congestion. The vehicular movement resumed after the police removed the truck from the accident site almost 40 minutes after the accident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter being informed police reached the spot and dispersed the mob. The truck driver fled from the spot immediately after the accident leaving the vehicle at the accident site. An eyewitnesses told the police that the truck was moving at a high speed as a result of which the driver could not control it when the motor cycle came on its way. The driver applied a sudden emergency brake but failed to avert the collision. The incident triggered tension among the local residents as well. According to the hospital sources the victim died due to excessive bleeding. The police are trying to ascertain the identity of the victim. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident. They have seized the truck and examining if the vehicle had developed any technical problem. The motor cycle that the victim had been riding was also damaged in the accident. The police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver. In another incident, a bike rider was killed and the pillion was injured after the bike rammed in to a roadside wall on Zeerut Bridge at Alipore. Samrat Chakraborty (27) a resident of Chetla were riding his bike towards Babughat with a Light Goods Vehicle (LGV). Amit Mondal, the pillion rider, stated that a truck hit them and as a result Chakraborty almost got beheaded.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories – It didn’t appear to be the offense’s best day. Rashad Johnson and Deone Bucannon each picked off a pass, and overall the Cardinals struggled to move the ball on a consistent basis.– Jay Feely, who will handle the kicking duties Saturday in Minnesota, converted seven of his eight field goal attempts, including two from 50 yards out. His lone miss came from 43 yards. – Ryan Lindley once again got all of the third team reps at quarterback. It will be he, not Logan Thomas, who will play Saturday in Minnesota.– Receiver Dan Buckner had himself quite a day. The former UA Wildcat had at least one touchdown catch. Another one he seemed to bobble some before trapping it against his helmet, and a final reception may have had him out of bounds just shy of the goal line. Regardless, it was easily one of his best practices of camp. – Tight end John Carlson caught a touchdown pass from Carson Palmer during red zone work. He was wide open — like, nobody was near him.– Running back-fullback-something back Robert Hughes scored a touchdown on a run during 11-on-11 red zone work. He basically went into the end zone untouched by the first team defense. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — A sparse crowd was on hand to watch the Arizona Cardinals practice Tuesday. If anything, it was probably just another sign of how this time of year can kind of drag — for everyone. The Cards were in shorts Tuesday, meaning there was hitting involved, but it was not exactly a full-contact session.Of Note– Jonathan Cooper (toe), Kevin Minter (pectoral), Nate Potter (back), Max Starks (ankle) and Anthony Steen (neck) did not practice for a second straight day; Michael Floyd (groin), Ted Ginn, Jr. (knee) and Lyle Sendlein remain out, while John Abraham (personal) has yet to report. Cooper was, however, sans walking boot. Comments   Share   Stat of the DayJay Feely’s 127 points last season was the second-best single-season total in franchise history, trailing only the 140 points Neil Rackers racked up in 2005.Quotes of the Day“Until practice is over. You get ejected from the game, so you get ejected from practice. We practice like it’s a game every day. You play by the rules. You play the game. (If) you lose your temper and punch a guy in the game, you get ejected.” – Coach Bruce Arians on kicking Darnell Dockett and Bradley Sowell out of the previous day’s practice after they scuffled“There’s always room for improvement. We’re not satisfied with anything we did because we haven’t arrived yet.” – Defensive lineman Frostee Rucker on if the run defense could be even better in 2014 than it was in 2013, when it was the best in the NFL“You’ve just got to come out and compete every day. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Camp’s long and you’ve got to stack them. We talk about stacking practices as a team, and you’ve got to stack them as an individual. I had a good day today, but that means I’ve got to come out and have another good one tomorrow.” – Buckner on what was a good day of practice Tuesdaycenter_img – / 37 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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This combination photo shows Sacha Baron Cohen at

first_img This combination photo shows Sacha Baron Cohen at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 15, 2007, left, and Cohen portraying retired Israeli Colonel Erran Morad in a still from the Showtime series, “Who Is America?” After crafting previous eccentric personas such as Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen has created his most stereotypical character yet in Col. Erran Morad. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, left, and Showtime) by Aron Heller, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2018 11:05 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JERUSALEM – Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again. After tapping into his familiarity with Israel and his fluency in Hebrew to shape previous eccentric personas such as Borat and Bruno, the Jewish comedian has created his most stereotypical Israeli character yet — a grotesque, faux counterterrorism instructor in his new Showtime series “Who is America?”Retired Col. Erran Morad has already managed to dupe former Vice-President Dick Cheney into signing a waterboarding kit, convinced former Senate majority leader Trent Lott to endorse a plan to arm kindergartners and caused a Georgia state representative to resign after he shouted racial slurs and exposed his rear end in a supposed self-defence drill against homophobic jihadis.Another of those pranked, disgraced Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused Baron Cohen of preying on Israel’s friends in America and seeking to “embarrass, humiliate, and mock” the Jewish state. But in Israel — where Baron Cohen’s mother was born and where he spent much time in his youth — people seem to be in on the joke.“The reaction has mostly been astonishment about the accuracy of the portrayal. He really got some of our traits down,” Einav Schiff, a TV critic for the Yediot Ahronot newspaper, said with a chuckle. “Everyone here knows an ‘Erran Morad’ but I haven’t recognized any outrage or embarrassment about the character. It’s mostly been ridicule for these Americans who have fallen for him.”Typically donning black boots, fatigues and a military-type sweatshirt with inverse Hebrew writing on it, Baron Cohen’s Morad character sports a scar in his bushy unibrow and speaks in heavily-accented, broken English peppered with Hebrew expressions and in a choppy cadence typical of Israel’s gruff military types. Though he is said to be a colonel, he sometimes refers to himself as a general, major or captain, or alternately someone who served in the shadowy Mossad spy agency. With Cheney, the alleged retired operative showed up in a full olive-green military uniform and the insignia of a staff sergeant, none of which seemed to set off any alarm bells with the former U.S. secretary of defence.It’s that type of lunacy that has mostly tickled Israelis. Besides exposing the prejudices of his targets, Baron Cohen’s humour has also uncovered the fetishized version of Israel that many of its supposed staunch supporters on the religious right believe exists. Nearly all were drawn to the interviews under the guise of a fake pro-Israel award for their support, when in fact all it did was expose their ignorance.In practice, most Israelis are secular, gay-friendly and, even with the country’s mandatory military service, have little interest in firearms as recreation. Israeli gun laws are in fact quite stiff and most look at America’s obsession with weapons incredulously.Nowhere is that more evident than in Morad’s “kinder-guardian” program segment, in which a string of gun-loving conservatives are fooled into believing Israel arms preschoolers to counter school shootings. More astoundingly, they go on to endorse such child-friendly products like “Puppy Pistol,” ”Gunny Rabbit” and the magical “Uzi-corn.”“The intensive three-week Kinderguardian course introduces specially selected children from 12 to 4 years old to pistols, rifles, semi-automatics, and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars,” former republican congressman Joe Walsh says in one segment. “In less than a month — less than a month — a first-grader can become a first-grenade-er.”In a subsequent CNN interview, Walsh admitted he was duped by a program that struck him as fishy. “I’m thinking to myself ‘well this is kind of crazy, but it is Israel and Israel is strong on defence,’” he explained.Such reasoning has raised some concern in Israel that others may be naive enough to take Baron Cohen’s spoof literally.“Yes, your satire was outrageously on point and Col. Erran Morad was spot on. Still, bad enough that Israel gets demonized for the things it actually does, you have to go and make horrifying fake stuff up?” wrote Allison Kaplan Sommer, an English-language columnist for the Haaretz daily. “Satire or not, I’m afraid the American public is going to be left with the impression, that we are, in fact, gun fans when the truth is our gun control is a million times stricter than in the U.S.”Baron Cohen, 46, no doubt, knows his material. He is an observant Jew who belonged to a Zionist Jewish youth group while in high school in England. Upon graduation he spent a year working and studying on a kibbutz in northern Israel and has since returned for several visits. His fluency in Hebrew and grasp of Israeli politics and culture has found its way into his comedic acts before.In Borat, the fake Kazakh that his wacky, misogynist and anti-Semitic character speaks is actually Hebrew — a twist that made the 2006 movie a fan-favourite in Israel. The film is filled with Hebrew vulgarities and in one scene Borat sings the lyrics of the legendary Hebrew folk song “Koom Bachur Atzel,” meaning “get up lazy boy.” Borat’s signature catch phrase — “Wa wa wee wa,” an expression for wow — derives from a skit on a popular Israeli comedy show.Three years later, Baron Cohen portrayed Bruno — a flamboyant Austrian fashionista with a Nazi streak — and visited Israel, nearly sparking a riot in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood in Jerusalem after strutting down the street in a sexed-up Hassidic outfit. He also comically referred to the chickpea dish “hummus” and the Islamic militant group “Hamas” interchangeably.Showtime said Baron Cohen was not available for interviews about his new character.With Moore, who has denied multiple allegations he pursued romantic or sexual relationships toward teenage girls while he was in his 30s, Morad taps into Israel’s image as a high-tech nation to introduce its newest gadget — a “pedophile detector” that naturally beeps every time he swipes the wand in front of Moore.But even that pales in comparison to the humiliation heaped on Jason Spencer, the Georgia state representative. Egged on by Morad, Spencer proceeds to repeatedly shout a racial slur for black people, derogatorily imitates Asian tourists while slipping a selfie-stick between the legs of someone in traditional female Muslim garb and then caps it off by charging at Morad with bared buttocks to incite fear in his homophobic assailant.Dor Hillel, a 26-year-old former Israeli soldier, said he found the gullibility so astounding it took him a while to figure out what he was watching.“Apparently these people are so naive that they really think we are like that,” he said. “These Americans will believe anything.”___Follow Heller at www.twitter.com/aronhellerapcenter_img Israelis tickled by Sacha Baron Cohen’s grotesque caricaturelast_img read more

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Eide to hold contacts in Athens Monday Ankara Wednesday

first_imgUN Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will hold contacts in Athens on Monday and on Wednesday with the Turkish Foreign Ministry.UN spokesperson in Cyprus Aleem Siddique told CNA that Eide will be in Turkey on Tuesday, where the following day he will hold contacts at the Foreign Ministry.On Monday Eide will be received in Athens by Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias, at the initiative of the Greek minister.Their meeting will focus on recent developments regarding the Cyprus issue.On Friday Eide issued a written statement saying that despite serious efforts to overcome their differences regarding the modalities for meeting in Geneva, the two Cyprus leaders were unable to find common ground.“Without a prospect for common ground, there is no basis for continuing this shuttle diplomacy,” he said.On the same day President Nicos Anastasiades expressed regret over the Turkish Cypriot leader’s decision not to accept his proposal for a joint meeting to be held Monday.“It is with great regret that I was informed by Mr Espen Barth Eide about the decision of the Turkish Cypriot leader not to accept the compromised proposal I made through him, but also his refusal to accept the invitation addressed by Mr Eide for a joint meeting to be held next Monday,” Anastasiades said on Friday.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Two people injured in road crash

first_imgTwo people were seriously injured in a road accident in Paralimni late on Monday evening, police said.At around 11.10pm, a 38-year-old man from Sotira was driving from Pernera to Paralimni when his car collided with a motorbike heading from Cape Greco to Paralimni.The two people on the bike, the 34-year-old rider and his passenger, 26, were thrown from the motorbike and seriously injured.They were taken to Paralimni hospital where the 34-year-old man was diagnosed with arm and shoulder fractures and his passenger, a woman, with a fractured pelvis.Both underwent surgery while the driver of the car was not injured.A breathalyser determined none of them were under the influence of alcohol.The two persons on the motorbike were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Son of double murder victims identified main suspect in lineup

first_imgConstantinos Hadigeorgiou, the son of the couple murdered during a botched robbery in Strovolos in April last year, had identified the main defendant in a police line-up, Nicosia criminal court heard on Tuesday.CID officer Natasa Anastasiadou, testifying for the prosecution, said that during the investigation of the crime she had personally escorted the 15-year-old to a police line-up held behind one-way glass.There, the boy identified Loizos Tzionis, the main defendant, as the person who had entered his room holding a knife.Earlier in the trial, the boy’s statement to the police was read out in court. In it, the youngster recounts how on the night a man entered his room, put his hand on his mouth and told him he just killed his parents.The man then asked the boy about money. Wielding a knife, he led him downstairs to the kitchen. According to Constantinos, the man told him not to be afraid; he would not harm him, as he himself had a son.The boy was led downstairs and locked in the basement, from where he later managed to escape.His parents – the victims – were 60-year-old Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou and Dina Sergiou, 59.Also on Tuesday, police officer Andreas Alexandrou testified about the findings of a report he prepared into fingerprints recovered from the crime scene.The trial continues on July 15 when Sarah Shams, Tzionis’ ex-girlfriend, will take the stand.Back in February Shams was sentenced to four years in jail on a single charge of conspiracy to commit robbery. She had agreed to cooperate with the state in prosecuting the other defendants.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsLuxury Senior Apartments in Rowland HeightsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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