APTN National NewsA volunteer group searching the Red River in Winnipeg for missing people has made numerous discoveries.The group found dentures, bones and a carpet possibly stained with blood during the search of the river.Winnipeg police say investigators are now analyzing the finds and will also have a presence on the Red River while the search continues.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.
It almost appeared Max Lowe’s Aberdeen teammates were left with nothing to show for their efforts on Sunday as Celtic lifted the Betfred Cup in the Hampden final.However, reprieve came the way of the Dons on Wednesday night as they recorded a famous 1-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox.The on-loan-full-back who put up an impressive display against Rangers is pleased with the team’s progress and believes they are now focused on their weekend fixture against St. Johnstone.Lowe told Evening times:“After being here a couple of weeks, I felt like I’d improved my game. The gaffer took me to one side and told me the things I needed to improve defensively – I still need to improve in the air.”“He will take me aside in training and do one-v-one stuff. Each game, I’m picking up and learning things as I go on.”Lennon praises Celtic’s fan support Manuel R. Medina – May 5, 2019 According to the team manager, the way the supporters behave this season helped the team achieve an eighth consecutive title.“Rangers and Celtic are great teams and I’m happy we’ve been able to keep them quiet. Hopefully, I can do that for as long as I stay.”“With the games in hand, we’re really confident. The final we lost, but everyone said we played really well.”“Hopefully we can kick on and make a run of it. We’ve had a tough week of away games so hopefully, this can serve us well.”“It could have been a terrible week if we lost the final and had lost on Wednesday.”“It would have been hard to kick on again. To get the win is massive for us and a massive confidence boost.”“It could be a season-changer; we can deal with anyone in this league. We showed that on Sunday, never mind on Wednesday, and I think teams in this league will know what kind of team we are.”
Vijay Sethupathi has two Telugu films in his kitty nowPR HandoutTamil actor Vijay Sethupathi, who is fondly called Makkal Selvan by his fans, is making his Telugu debut with Chiranjeevi starrer Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. This film is the biopic of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who is said to be the first freedom fighter from the Telugu speaking people. Vijay will be seen playing the role of Raaja Paandi, a Tamil-speaking guy who is said to be someone like an assistant to Narasimha Reddy. While this is his first Telugu film, he had signed the second one a few months ago. This film is titled Uppena and marks the debut of Panja Vaishnav Tej, the younger brother of Panja Sai Dharam Tej, and nephew of Megastar Chiranjeevi. Vaishnav will be seen playing a fisherman in this film which is going to be a commercial entertainer. Kriti Shetty, a Mangalore-based damsel, will make her debut as the leading lady.It is learnt that Vijay Sethupathi is going to play the father of the heroine. And this role is said to be an author-backed role which is going to be one of the highlights of the film. Sources have reported that Vijay was impressed with the script and immediately gave his nod to the film which is being bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers. The film is currently in the pre-production stage and is expected to go on floors in the next couple of months.Uppena is being directed by Buchhi Babu Sana, who is a debutante. Babu has assisted director Sukumar for many films and has become popular after writing dialogues for Rangasthalam with three more assistants. Launched a couple of months ago at a star-studded event, Uppena is touted to be a romantic drama.Vijay Sethupathi has bagged consecutive hits like Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, 96, Petta and Super Deluxe in Tamil and now, the 41-year-old actor is looking for content-oriented films in other languages too.
Close Ladakh’s Pangong Lake attracts large number of tourists The move was to encourage tourists to visit India.ReutersTourism Minister Prahlad Patel on Tuesday, August 20, announced that the India government will now offer a 30-day e-tourist visa for a fee of $25 during the peak tourism season between July to March.News agency PTI reported that Patel also announced a 5-year e-tourist visa for a fee of $80 and 1-year visa for a fee of $40. “For Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka lean period visa fee will be $10 and $25 for 30 days, 1 year and 5 years,” the minister said.Patel further went on to say that during the off-season, which is from April to June, tourists will be able to get a 30-day e-visa for $10. Tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel.TwitterThe move was to encourage tourists to visit India. Patel was speaking at the inauguration of a meeting with the state government.Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke about Indian tourism and its stuttering economy. PM Modi said that every Indian should visit at least 15 domestic tourist destinations over the next three years to pump up domestic travel.
Raushan ErshadOfficial opposition leader in parliament Raushon Ershad on Wednesday said the practice of frequent question paper leakage can be stopped right away if the government wants to do so.”If the government wants, it can be done. There’s nothing the government cannot do. Why isn’t the government doing it?” Raushon said in her speech at house on the closing day of the session of parliament.The senior co-chairperson of Jatiya Party, which is also a key component of the Awami League-led government, wondered why the question paper is leaked so frequently. “When will this come to an end?”Raushan Ershad said, “What will be the education minister’s answer if he is asked this question (why is it not coming to an end)?”She feels that those who are involved in preparing question papers are leaking those.”Our meritorious students are getting into trouble due to this …the education system is lagging behind,” the JaPa leader told the house.She, however, mentioned that the present government has been more successful compared to the ones in the past.”In the past, no parliament had been able to complete its tenure peacefully…this government didn’t face any hartal, siege and movement,” she said.Raushan added that the development works carried out under the current government was never seen during other previous governments.
A Facebook sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China on 5 November 2018. Reuters File PhotoFacebook has blacklisted four more of Myanmar’s ethnic rebel groups, the platform announced Tuesday as it struggles to control rampant hate speech, misinformation and incitement on its platform.For years the social media giant has been lambasted for its slow and ineffectual response to incendiary posts, particularly against the country’s Rohingya Muslims.The company has embarked on a huge PR campaign over the last year to prove it is taking action in a country with an estimated 20 million Facebook accounts.The latest rebel organisations to have been banned are the Arakan Army (AA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Taaung National Liberation Army (TNLA).”These armed groups are now banned from Facebook and all related praise, support and representation will be removed as soon as we become aware of it,” Facebook’s news page said.”There is clear evidence that these organisations have been responsible for attacks against civilians and have engaged in violence in Myanmar, and we want to prevent them from using our services to further inflame tensions on the ground.”Hard line nationalist monks and even top military generals — who UN investigators say should face prosecution for genocide for their crackdown against the Rohingya — were kicked off the site last year.Hundreds of pages and accounts with hidden links to the armed forces were also removed in December.Likewise, the Rohingya militant group, whose August 2017 attacks were used by the military as a justification for its brutal campaign, is already blacklisted.The newest rebel groups to be kicked off the site are among some two dozen ethnic armed organisations fighting decades-old conflicts over autonomy, identity, territory and natural resources.Since 2016, the four have clubbed together in an alliance, refusing to enter bilateral peace talks with the government.In December, the military announced a temporary ceasefire in the troubled northeast of the country but has continued to pound AA rebels in Myanmar’s beleaguered Rakhine state in violence that has seen several thousand displaced.Facebook told AFP that the government had flagged up content posted by the rebel groups several times but said the decision to blacklist them had been internal.The platform has tried to repair its battered reputation, improving the speed with which hate speech is taken down and boosting the number of Myanmar-language reviewers.It confirmed it now employs more than 100 staff who speak Myanmar — including some who can also review content in Shan and Chin languages.Critics say, however, that the number is still insufficient to monitor the volume of accounts in the country, many in a patchwork of regional languages.After decades of isolating military rule, most people in Myanmar have only came online in the last few years as the country opened up and smartphone usage soared.
By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFRORecently Mayor Catherine Pugh cited a lack of creativity within the Baltimore Police Department as one of her reasons for firing Commissioner Kevin Davis and replacing him with Darryl De Sousa.But, if there is one theme that has emerged from the trial of two of the officers of the now notorious Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), underway at the federal courthouse this week, is when it comes to stealing overtime, robbing residents and dealing drugs the officers of this once elite specialized unit exhibited boundless creativity.The Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). (Courtesy Photos)During hours of testimony from DEA agents, victims and the officers themselves, a picture is emerging of a unit of cops constantly applying new and ingenious ways to rip off taxpayers, shakedown innocent residents and enrich themselves without showing up to work.For example during testimony Jan. 29, GTTF member Jemell Rayam related how the unit, unsatisfied with robbing drug dealers during warrant searches turned to seeking out victims outside the scope of the police work. To make it happen, Rayam and another member of the unit Momodu Gondo obtained a vehicle tracker from an unnamed Sergeant in the police department and affixed it to the car of a man who a friend told them had thousands of dollars of cash stashed in his apartment.When the tracking device pegged the victim far from home, the officers broke into the residence.The only problem, the victim’s girlfriend was lying in bed inside the apartment. Startled, officer Rayam said he pointed his gun, and gave an account of what he said to the terrified woman before stealing $12,000 in cash from a dresser drawer.“I could have told her I would kill her,” he said, adding that he also stole a Rolex watch and cocaine.The anecdote was one of many stories told on the stand by former GTTF members who have since pled guilty during the trial of their counterparts Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor.Both are charged with robbing residents, filing false reports, and extortion. The pair is also facing multiple counts of fraudulently obtaining overtime, which according to the testimony, was not just unfathomably easy, but accomplished with at the least tacit approval of command.Both Evodio Hendrix and Rayam told jurors that overtime was there for taking, even for days they didn’t work at all. In fact, Hendrix testified that Hersl didn’t show up to work for nearly a month.“I was told Hersl took off for a whole month when he was working on his house,” Rayam told the jurors.“Was he getting paid?” Prosecutors asked.“I believe so, yes” Rayam replied.In fact, both he and Hendrix and another member of the unit who has pled guilty, Maurice Ward, said that if an officer confiscated a gun, the entire unit would receive up to eight hours of overtime. And if one of their colleagues had to work late processing a suspect, the entire unit would go home but, would not clock out.“We came into work whenever we wanted to,” Rayam told the jury. “We got away with a lot of things.”One question that has continued to loomed over the scandal-plagued department, that was in part answered during the proceedings, was just how this group officers broke the law regularly without intervention from their superiors.According to testimony from Hendrix, the unit’s supervisor Sergeant Wayne Jenkins met with then police Commissioner Kevin Davis in 2016 and recounted his conversation to him later. During the talk, Davis asked Jenkins how he was keeping the Task Force motivated.“He said he gave them overtime and slash days and the commissioner said, ‘good job.” Hendrix recalled. “He told the commissioner he was giving overtime for guns.”But if there was any concern about the actions of the Task Force or attempts to rein them in, it wasn’t evident in their behavior.In fact, DEA agent Todd Edwards testified about a strange encounter he had with Jenkins in September 2016.During a stakeout of a suspected cocaine dealer in Upper Marlboro, Md., a D.C. suburb, someone knocked on the window of his vehicle. When he opened the door, he was greeted by Jenkins, who told him he was pursuing the same target.“I said, why are you here? And he said, why are you here?” Edwards testified, noting that a Baltimore police officer does not have jurisdiction in Prince George’s county.When asked by prosecutors if it was unusual to encounter a city cop so far outside the city, he was unequivocal.“I found it unusual,” he said. Asked if he’d ever experienced anything like it in his 25 years of drug enforcement, he equally emphatic tell the jury he had not.