UNESCO chief deplores killing of Nepalese media owner

Mr. Singhaniya was killed on 1 March in the south-eastern city of Janakpur, the second such murder three weeks. According to local media sources, he was shot by four men on motorbikes, and several armed groups have claimed responsibility for the murder.He was chairman of Janakpur Today Publications, which publishes Janakpur Today and operates Radio Today. A journalist from the radio station, Uma Singh, was murdered 12 months ago.“I condemn the murder of Arun Singhaniya, who was fulfilling an important role in the development of a dynamic information service,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stated in a news release.She stressed that in Nepal, as elsewhere in the world, a pluralistic media serves as a vital pillar for freedom of expression, and voiced her conviction that the Nepalese authorities should do everything possible to ensure that this crime does not go unpunished. Yesterday the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) voiced its deep concern over the killing of Mr. Singhaniya, whose death follows the murder of Jamin Shah, head of satellite TV station Channel Nepal and cable TV company Space Time Network, who was killed in similar circumstances in an attack in the capital, Kathmandu, on 7 February.“The protection of journalists is of paramount importance in a democratic society and both State and non-State actors must show full respect for press freedom and support a free and independent media,” said Andrew Palmer, Officer-in-Charge of OHCHR-Nepal. 4 March 2010The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of Nepalese media owner Arun Singhaniya, while reiterating her concerns over the ongoing threats faced by journalists in the South Asian nation. read more

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73 Sri Lankan refugees return home

Another batch of Sri Lankan refugees in India returned home with the assistance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The 73 refugees left the special camps for Sri Lanka to start a new life on the island, The Hindu newspaper reported. Her husband returned to Lanka five months ago to see whether the situation in Mannar was conducive to them to resettle there. “He said jobs in Ceylon are a problem. But we are confident of finding some livelihood as I have learnt tailoring. We will send our children to school there.”For 26-year old M. Prakash of Mandapam camp in Rameswaram, who came to Arichamunai by boat in 2007, concern over his future prompted him to decide to return. “We fled Vavuniya in 1990 fearing for our lives. I was nine years old when we came to Mandapam by boat. We want to go back because all our relatives are there,” says the children’s mother S. Theresamma. Nine-year-old Arunraj and his younger sister Rakshana were excited about their journey. For the first time in their lives, they would be travelling by an airplane and both want to have a window seat. Between 2002 and 2014, UNHCR India has assisted about 12,500 Lankan refugees in voluntary repatriation. Since January, a total of 315 refugees returned home. “I have studied only till Class 10. Though there are schools here, my situation did not allow me to study and so I worked in a fishing company for a daily wage. I have saved some money but I can’t buy any land here as I will be a refugee as long as I live here,” the native of Jaffna points out. He intends to look for jobs in Malaysia or Singapore, once he returns to Sri Lanka.Though the conflict between the government and the rebel forces ended on the island in May 2009, about 1.02 lakh refugees from Sri Lanka still remain in special camps across Tamil Nadu.“We assist Sri Lankan refugees, who voluntarily decide to return to their home country. We help them in their documentation and facilitate and financially support their travel. On their arrival, UNHCR Sri Lanka provides some support to assist them in settling down,” UNHCR India’s spokesperson Shuchita Mehta said. read more

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Jonathan Vilma Walks Out Of Hearing With Roger Goodell

On Monday, the NFL began hearing the appeals of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. But an hour into the process, three players expressed their disenchantment with the way things were handled, and Vilma walked out.Vilma and his attorney Peter Ginsberg cut the linebacker’s appeal short after just about an hour and emerged from the NFL headquarters, calling the process a “sham,” according to CBS Sports.“We got upstairs and the Commissioner has tried to regroup by adjourning today’s hearing after we presented our position with regard to the process and with regard to the merits,” Ginsberg said. “We’re not willing to participate in that kind of sham.“The Commissioner had legal obligations and procedural obligations. He failed in those obligations and as far as we’re concerned these proceedings are over.”According to Ginsberg, it was he and Vilma who decided to shut down the appeals process — the league attempted to adjourn for the day but Vilma and Ginsberge weren’t interested.“He attempted to adjourn it and we closed the record,” Ginsberg said. “The hearing is over as far as we’re concerned.”Asked whether or not he believed Vilma could return to hear more on the appeal later, Ginsberg said that Vilma’s attempts to win in the NFL’s venue for appeals — with the Commissioner — were over.“For more abuse of the process and more abuse of Jonathan’s rights? No, we’ve decided enough is enough,” Ginsberg said.Vilma’s attorney made it quite clear, without explicitly saying so, that moving the venue to an actual courtroom was entirely a possibility moving forward. Vilma himself said that Goodell’s decision and the NFL’s procedure tarnished his reputation and that he felt unable to “get a fair process.”“Roger Goodell has taken three months to tarnish what I built over eight years in my career and it’s tough to swallow that from here on out no matter where I go, I’ll be linked to a BountyGate that’s simply not true,” Vilma said. “Everyone has their opinions on it and everyone will either believe me or not believe me. There’s no in between. It’s unfortunate that this process has been the way it is, and the situation has been the way it is because at the end, it’s just not true.”“I don’t know how you get a fair process when you get [Roger Goodell as] judge, jury and executioner.” read more

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Kosta Karageorge made every day enjoyable for Buckeye teammates

Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsEven as a high school wrestler at Pickerington North, Pat Eflein knew he wanted nothing to do with Kosta Karageorge on the mat.“I remember he was wrestling, like, the district finals match,” Ohio State’s redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman said Monday. “And I was like, ‘Wow, I don’t wanna wrestle that guy.’”Elflein said he was a high school freshman at the time, but six years later, he’s the Buckeyes’ starting right guard. Karageorge, on the other hand, walked on to the football team in August after wrestling for three seasons at OSU.Last Wednesday, Karageorge was reported missing by his family, and on Sunday his body was discovered near his Columbus apartment. Police said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a coroner said Karageorge might have died on Friday.The players learned of their teammate’s death after practice on Sunday, and Elflein said it was hard to believe.“He was a great person, you know, it’s really shocking to hear that news,” he said. “Our prayers are with his family and with him. The kid just, every day, came out with the same attitude. No matter what the circumstance was.”Ahead of coach Urban Meyer’s Monday press conference, an OSU spokesman said the school could not comment on the ongoing investigation surrounding Karageorge’s death or the player’s medical history.During the press conference, Meyer said the loss of life was an “incredible tragedy.”While Elflein said he had only known Karageorge personally since he joined the team, some other OSU players had known him longer. Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said he met Karageorge two years ago through mutual friends, and stressed the important role he played for the team.After hearing the news of his teammate’s death, Decker said he spent Sunday night hoping it wasn’t true.“I know I was thinking about it all night, and you just kind of wake up and hope it was all a nightmare,” Decker said Monday. “Just for somebody that you’ve been with every day for months and months, just, it’s sad, it’s sad.”Decker described Karageorge as a badass, and said the wrestler-turned-defensive lineman knew that.“He’s a badass, definitely. He was a badass,” Decker said. “Heavyweight wrestler, come on the football team, strong as can be. And I think he liked that, he knew he was a badass.”Decker added that Karageorge was a “blue-collar American guy,” and said he was always positive. Decker said the two hit it off because they had a lot in common — like their interest in tattoos — and said Karageorge had talked about wanting to be a WWE wrestler.Decker said he had talked to Karageorge about joining the football team for “a significant amount of time” before the former wrestler decided to try out. He said Karageorge’s fondness for physicality likely drew him to football.“He just likes hitting people,” Decker said. “He always loved coming out to practice because he liked physical sports.”Elflein said Karageorge’s take-what-you-can mentality helped him thrive after he decided to play football this season.“We needed linemen. (Karageorge) saw an opportunity and just, that was his attitude and his mentality is to see an opportunity and go take it,” Elflein said. “And he was taking full advantage of it too while he was here.”While the physicality of the sport likely drew Karageorge to football, Elflein said his wrestling background was what allowed him to be a contributing member of the team in practice.“(Karageorge) was a good player,” Elflein said. “He was big, strong, had leverage form the wrestling background. Knew how to control his body and control other people and he gave a great look, getting me ready to go against guys from different teams.”Decker and Elflein — who both matched up across the line from Karageorge as offensive linemen — both stressed the Thomas Worthington High School product’s positive attitude.Karageorge’s position mate — senior Michael Bennett — said his late teammate always came to practice with a smile on his face, saying “how thankful he is to be a part of the football team and to be able to go practice with us.”Bennett added that Karageorge was a spark plug before practice started, and that he enjoyed some of the perks that come with being a varsity athlete at OSU.“He always loved how much free food we got and stuff like that,” Bennett said Monday during a teleconference. “And he would always just — right before practice — start yelling ‘yeah baby,’ and just be pumped up and it would make everybody else excited for practice.“Even when you just thought, ‘you know, I could be doing something better.’ He made every day enjoyable.”The positive attitude Karageorge possessed might make it that much more surprising that he might have taken his own life.Decker said he last saw Karageorge on Tuesday night, just hours before he disappeared. From what Decker could tell, everything was normal and Karageorge “seemed fine.”“It’s amazing what some people can bottle up inside,” Decker said.With his positive attitude in mind, many might ask why Karageorge went down the path he did.Multiple reports said Karageorge’s family was concerned that he could have been disoriented when he went missing because of a history of concussions. He reportedly sent his mother a text shortly before disappearing saying: “Sorry if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all f—– up.”Bennett said some players were aware that Karageorge had a history of concussions, but added that never seemed to be affecting his mood.“A few of us knew that he had a lot of concussions, but we never knew that he was depressed or anything like that,” Bennett said. “I think he was the most positive out of everybody, which goes to show you can’t tell unless someone speaks up. There’s no way to notice it, and Kosta was always positive, always thankful, so appreciative of everything that football gave him and that everybody in his life gave him.”Bennett said Karageorge didn’t report his concussion symptoms, despite teammates encouraging him to sit out if he needed.Decker said he’s aware of the dangers playing football involves, especially when it comes to head injuries.“It is scary, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about things like that before,” he said. “But it’s real, and you have to realize that when you put that helmet on and go out there and play.”Elflein agreed that he’s aware of the risks, but stressed that the OSU coaching and medical staff do everything necessary to keep players safe.“Coach would always say, ‘take care of your body,’” Elflein said. “And we have different ways of taking care of your body. And you gotta make sure you stay up on all of that, if you have any signs or symptoms our medical staff is the best in the country.”Elflein said he’d never heard Karageorge talk about concussion-related issues.Concussions aside, the Buckeyes will have to move on without one of their friends and teammates. With that in mind, Elflein, Decker and Bennett all said the 2014 team is the tightest group they’d ever been around.“Without a doubt this is like the closest team that I’ve been on,” Decker said. “Closer to a family than any other team I’ve been on. It’s just sad that he — things ended up the way they did.”After the high of beating rival Michigan on Saturday was coupled with the low of learning of a teammate’s death on Sunday, the Buckeyes have a matter of days before they are set to return to the field. And when they do return to the field, a Big Ten Championship will be on the line.OSU is scheduled to play Wisconsin on Saturday in the conference title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m.Even after Karageorge’s death, Elflein stressed that the Buckeyes are looking forward to taking on the Badgers.“Definitely, yeah. Playing for a Big Ten championship, so definitely want to go play that one,” he said.Elflein added that Karageorge’s death puts football in perspective, and adds more focus to what is happening off the field. He said that makes him consider more than he might have before when thinking about the remainder of the season.“It just makes me think of Kosta and what he would want,” Elflein said. “And I already told you what kind of guy he was, and thinking about that he wouldn’t want us to go downhill from this. Kosta wants us to win that game, and beat them and win a ring. And get Kosta a ring, he deserves it because he’s put in the work to deserve that.“I just kind of think of ‘what would Kosta want?’ He wants a championship, so we’re gonna get it.” read more

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Draegers new mine rescue equipment at MINExpo

first_imgDraeger is showcasing a video of its new milestone in mine rescue, the MRV 9000 mine rescue vehicle, at MINExpo 2016. The company has also unveiled a cost-effective, high quality underground emergency chamber, the MRC 5000 mine refuge chamber.Today’s mines are getting deeper and travel distances are becoming longer for miners, which poses a challenge to mine rescue plans. To help protect miners in increasingly dangerous conditions, Draeger has expanded its portfolio in North America to include emergency shelters and a first-of-its-kind mine rescue vehicle.“The MRV 9000 mine rescue vehicle is a new milestone in mine rescue,” said Kent Armstrong, Global Business Development Manager, Segment Mining for Draeger. “Our mission at Draeger was to design and develop a mine rescue vehicle for mine rescue teams to utilize into the 21st century. This rugged underground vehicle is a total life support system that reduces time to rescue by safely transporting mine rescue teams closer to the incident. In short, it’s a ‘chamber on wheels’ for both the driver and those rescued.”The Draeger MRV 9000 was commissioned by Goldcorp, a leading gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production throughout the Americas.The new MRC 5000 mine refuge chamber represents a total life support system. This cost-effective chamber was designed by Draeger inside and out—from the seal-welded steel structure and redundant air supply system, to the soda lime cartridges and gas detection devices.“Because we design and build most of the individual components, we are able to create a well-integrated, technically advanced life support system,” said Brad Rekuc, National Sales Manager, Mining at Draeger. The MRC can be leased or purchased, and is totally supported by Draeger Service with local maintenance and repair to ensure that the chamber is always operational.”Because every mine is different, Draeger also offers engineered chambers that are designed and built to customer-specific requirements. As a result, Draeger is the single source for all underground emergency chamber needs—regardless of the situation.last_img read more

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The Evening Fix now with added unicorn prancercising

first_imgUploaded by mcpheecom Boys hold candles during a mass for receiving the first communion at catholic church in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Indonesia’s president has accepted a statesmanship award on May 30, 2013 from a US interfaith foundation that says it hopes to encourage him to promote freedom of worship and tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED:#CHILDREN: The Chief-Designate of the Child and Family Agency has apologised for not making creche inspection reports publicly available during his time as National Director of Children and Family Services in the HSE. It is understood that all past inspections will be put online within weeks.#LEE RIGBY: Police in London have charged a second man with the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. Michael Adebolajo, 28, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow in relation to the killing of the 25-year-old solider;  he also faces charges of attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm with intent.#BELFAST: A 62-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of two PSNI officers in Belfast earlier this week. A 27-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man remain in custody in relation to the incident, which forced the officers to dive for cover when two pipe bombs were thrown at them as they answered a 999 call in the early hours of Tuesday morning.#ABORTION: The latest Millward Brown poll for the Sunday Independent has revealed an increase in the number of people stating abortion is unacceptable, regardless of the scenario. The poll showed the number of people who support abortion in cases of rape has dropped from 71 per cent to 68 per cent.#HARRY: A man is being held in custody after admitting threatening to kill Britain’s Prince Harry. Ashraf Islam, 30, was charged on Saturday with threatening to murder the prince, contrary to Section 16 of the 1861 Offences against the Person Act. The British police’s Counter Terrorism Command investigated the case but no terror charges were brought.#QUINTUPLETS: 23-year-old Czech woman Alexandra Kinova gave birth to quintuplets yesterday, becoming the proud mother of four boys and a girl. Kinova who is from Milovice, a town located northeast of Prague, already had a son. She defied odds of around one in 60 million by becoming pregnant with five babies without the use of IVF treatment. Check out photos of the newborns here.(Below) More baby news: newborn twins Isla Rodger (left) and Rowan Rodger (right), who defied the odds by becoming the third set for twins to be born by the same mother, are picture with their brothers left to right Finn, Kyle, Lewis and Jude at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. (Danny Lawson/PA)THINGS WE LOVED:When one 18-year-old US highschool student posted a photo of her classmates who had won ‘cutest couple’ in her senior class, she was shocked to see it shared almost 100.000 times. The caption read: “Two of my best friends won Cutest Couple of our senior class. First time in my school history a same sex couple has even been able to run for this category, not to mention winning it. So proud of them, and my school.”How’s your bank holiday working out? We hope you’re fulfilling some of those things you promise you’ll do every time summer (finally) rolls around…THINGS WE SHARED:In a surprisingly frank interview with the Guardian, actor Michael Douglas has revealed that his throat cancer “was caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.” The actor, 68, was diagnosed with stage four cancer – which is often terminal – in August 2010 but has been clear of cancer for the past two years.The American work ethic is often trumpeted as the reason the nation became a superpower – but is it all it’s cracked up to be?If you know anything about anything, you’ll know pancercising (a fitness programme inspired by horses) is the only way to shed the pounds this summer…. and you’ll be delighted to know you can even practise unicorn prancercising.last_img read more

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Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90 The revolutionary leader shaped Cuba for more than 50 years. Share2933 Tweet Email2 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesFIDEL CASTRO, WHO led Cuba for almost 50 years, has died at the age of 90.The news of his death was confirmed this morning by his brother, current president Raul Castro, on Cuban television.“The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening,” the president said in his televised address.Raul Castro, who took power after his older brother was hospitalised in 2006, said that the revolutionary leader’s remains will be cremated early today, “in compliance with his expressed will”.Raul Castro made the announcement just after 5am Irish time (midnight Cuban time).One of the leading world figures in the second half of the 20th century, Fidel Castro had outsized influence given the size of his small Caribbean island.He was said to have survived countless US assassination attempts.In one of his last public appearances, Castro had called on his successors to keep his ideas alive.During his time, El Comandante, as he was known in Cuba, proved to be a divisive figure who exercised huge control over the Caribbean island.He implemented major economic and social changes in Cuba, which remains one of the few socialist regimes left in the world after the fall of the USSR. Cubans benefited from free education and healthcare and low poverty rates, making Castro a generally popular leader.However his dictatorial style of government and suppression of any kind of opposition began to wear thin among the citizens, years after the same such policies had ended in other socialist countries. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCuba was also repeatedly criticised for its human rights breaches under Castro, and thousands of Cubans have fled from the country.The socialist revolutionary assumed power in 1959 after he and a group of followers overthrew sitting US-backed president Fulgencio Batista.Castro served as prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and as president from 1976 until 2008 when he stood down to allow his brother Raúl to take over as leader.BackgroundFidel Castro was born on 13 August 1926 in rural Cuba and was the son of a successful landowner. He was educated by Jesuit priests and studied law at the University of Havana.Throughout his time in education, he gradually became disillusioned with how Cuba was run and the grinding poverty experienced by so many of his fellow citizens. He had been planning to run for election in 1952 when the government was overthrown by General Fulgencio Batista.The new regime radicalised the young Castro, who began to focus on armed revolution rather than change through the ballot box. He tried to lead an uprising against Batista with his brother Raúl in 1953, but the rebellion failed, and Castro was sentenced to 15 years in jail. Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 6:10 AM http://jrnl.ie/1872981 183 Comments center_img Short URL Castro pictured in 1957 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAfter being released early under an amnesty two years later, he fled to Mexico in 1955 where he met Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, a young Argentine who shared his views on socialist revolution, and the two built up a guerilla force.In 1956, they travelled to Cuba with their group of insurgents and began a guerilla war against the government which lasted for the next two years. In 1958, Batista fled the country and early in 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as leader.In chargeOnce in charge, Castro brought radical communist reforms to Cuba. The economy  was nationalised and he promised to defend the rights of the poor and give the land back to the people. Castro addresses the UN General Assembly in September 1960 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCastro also focused on raising living standards for the poorest people. Under the Batista regima, half of children in Cuba did not go to school. A decade after Castro took over, the UN declared that Cuba had the highest primary and secondary school enrolment in Latin America.However, with the Cold War at its height, the US was predictably unhappy about a socialist country being located right on its doorstep. Washington imposed economic sanctions on Cuba from 1960, which were to last for more than 50 years.In April 1961, the CIA backed an invasion by Cuban exiles into the Bay of Pigs in Cuba, which was a massive and public failure. Many of the exiles were either killed or captured.Just months later, US planes discovered Soviet missiles were on their way to be stored in Cuba, and the prospect of all-out nuclear war became a real threat. The US and the Soviet Union came as close as they have ever come to all-out war in the Cuban Missile Crisis, before both sides backed down. Castro with Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev in 1964 Source: Photas/Tass/Press Association ImagesTensions between the US and Cuba remained high throughout Castro’s tenure, and he survived numerous CIA plots and attempts to assassinate him over the years. As well as trying bombs and snipers, less conventional plots included an exploding cigar and a fungus-filled diving suit.For three decades, the Soviet Union continued to pour money into Cuba, buying the bulk of the island’s sugar harvest. The collapse of the USSR was disastrous for the Cuban economy, which was still suffering under the American blockade. Food supplies dropped and the country’s economy struggled throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCritics said that this exposed how Castro’s dictatorship could not independently support a strong economy; supporters claimed that the social policies had been hugely advantageous for Cubans, with a 98% literacy rate, infant mortality rates which compare favourably with western nations, and good medical care for all.Recent yearsThe end to Castro’s reign began in July 2006 when he underwent emergency intestinal surgery. He officially handed over power to Raúl two years later, having scarcely been seen in public since.In the years since, some of the country’s strict rules have eased. Small SMEs are allowed, Cubans have been permitted to buy houses, private farmers have been given more autonomy to grow and sell their produce, and some political prisoners have been freed. Castro with then-Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in 2001. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCastro lived to see the historic shift in relations between Cuba and the United States announced in December 2014 when Barack Obama said that the long-time foes were to restore diplomatic relations after five decades.Obama visited Cuba in March 2016, becoming the first US leader to visit the country in almost 90 years. In a speech, he called on Cubans to forget the history of hostility between the two countries and to move towards a more normalised relationship.Castro is survived by his second wife, Dalia Soto del Valle, and their five children, as well as his six children from his first marriage.With AFPExplainer: What’s the new deal between the US and Cuba?Read: It’s the dreaded ‘R’ word: A recount has officially been requested in Wisconsin Nov 26th 2016, 6:10 AM 78,167 Views By Christine Bohanlast_img read more

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OSXOpinionSpy un spyware bien indiscret sur Mac OS X

first_imgOSX/OpinionSpy : un spyware bien indiscret sur Mac OS XÉtats-Unis – Un spyware a été découvert sur le système Mac OS X. Installé suite à des téléchargements, il révèle sur le Web certaines informations personnelles concernant les utilisateurs.Sites visités ou achats, les informations les plus indiscrètes peuvent être révélées à cause d’un spyware se cachant derrière des téléchargements. Ce logiciel espion s’introduit dans l’ordinateur pendant les téléchargements de fonds d’écran ou d’applications proposés par de nombreux sites (Softpedia, MacUpdate ou encore VersionTracker) pour ensuite révéler sur le Net l’activité des utilisateurs. Le programme se fait passer pour une enquête marketing afin de collecter les données. C’est l’éditeur de logiciels de sécurité pour Mac, Intengo, qui a révélé l’existence de ce spyware dont il est encore impossible de se débarrasser.Le 3 juin 2010 à 12:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Bangladesh une loi de ségrégation des lépreux désormais abrogée

first_imgBangladesh : une loi de ségrégation des lépreux désormais abrogéeLe Bangladesh a décidé d’abroger une loi adoptée en 1898 et qui préconisait la ségrégation des lépreux, obligeant une grande partie d’entre eux à trouver refuge dans des centres gouvernementaux. Maladie infectieuse chronique, la lèpre est due à une bactérie connue sous le nom de Mycobacterium leprae et qui s’attaque aux nerfs périphériques, à la peau et aux muqueuses. Très mutilante, la maladie fut longtemps incurable, entrainant les autorités au début du XXe siècle à préconiser officiellement une exclusion systématique des lépreux. En effet, la lèpre est peu contagieuse mais se transmet par des gouttelettes buccales ou nasales venant de patient atteint. À lire aussiCycloclean : un vélo pour purifier l’eauPar crainte des épidémies, la plupart des pays ont donc respecté l’exclusion, obligeant les malades à se regrouper dans des léproseries. En 1898, le Bangladesh qui faisait à l’époque partie de l’empire britannique avait ainsi adopté une loi qui préconisait la ségrégation des lépreux. Loi qui a aujourd’hui été abrogée par le gouvernement du pays.  Elle “a été déclarée nulle et non avenue jeudi dans la nuit par les parlementaires. Le parlement a abrogé la loi au nom de la dignité humaine, des droits de l’homme et pour mettre fin à la discrimination qu’ont subie pendant plus d’un siècle les malades de la lèpre”, a commenté Joynal Abedin, porte-parole du parlement.Faciliter l’accès aux soins Selon Saber Chowhdury, un parlementaire du parti au pouvoir, le pays compte aujourd’hui plus de 50.000 lépreux et la plupart d’entre eux sont toujours mis au ban de la société ou obligés de se rendre dans des centres spécialisés pour se faire soigner, rapporte l’AFP. Désormais, le gouvernement entend donc édifier “une nouvelle loi qui va permettre l’accès gratuit aux soins”, a ajouté Joynal Abedin. Sans traitement, la lèpre peut entraîner des lésions nerveuses aboutissant à une faiblesse et à une atrophie musculaires, ainsi qu’à des incapacités irréversibles.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 13:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The First Trailer for Captain Marvel More MCU News

first_img We’ve been wondering when it would drop, and it turns out we didn’t have long to wait at all. The first trailer for Captain Marvel is finally here. We now have a clear picture of what this movie will look like, and it looks good! Brie Larson is already amazing as the mysterious superhero who falls from the sky, young Samuel L. Jackson is looking… a little freaky to be honest, and we get a very brief glimpse of the movie’s villainous shape-shifting Skrulls. It’s exactly the trailer you were hoping for this week.I appreciate that the trailer clearly communicates that it takes place in the 1990s without going over the top in its references. It’s easy to lay on the nostalgia too thick when setting a story in that era and end up with clever references taking the place of actual world building. Marvel appears to have restrained itself to things that would naturally show up in a story like this. She crashes into a running Blockbuster Video. She carries a pager. She uses a pay phone. That, plus a two-eyed Nick Fury with a full head of hair, is all you need.The movie itself, doesn’t look like it’s following the typical Marvel origin movie formula either, which is promising. This isn’t about Captain Marvel getting her powers or learning how to define herself. She falls out of the sky already a superhero, wearing the Kree-colored uniform she probably got from Mar-Vell (played by Jude Law, who shows up in this trailer for about one second). She already has a sense of who she is and what war she’s fighting. What she has to discover is who she was before all that. And it looks like she’ll find a reason to fight for Earth in the process. It’s a different take on the superhero origin story, which is refreshing to see from Marvel Studios after so many movies. Also, I love the inclusion of a shot that will make some amount of sense to Marvel fans, but will entirely confuse non-comics readers. We know that the Skrulls are shape-shifters, and that was probably one of them on the bus. The rest of the world is wondering why the newest hero of the Marvel Cinematic universe just punched an old lady. That’s hilarious.What we still don’t know is where Carol Danvers was for Avengers: Infinity War, and why Fury had to page her only when half the universe was disintegrating. Hopefull,y we’ll get some answers when Captain Marvel premieres March 8, 2019.Jeremy Renner in Captain America: Civil War (Photo via Marvel)Speaking of characters who were strangely missing from Avengers: Infinity War, we still don’t know where Hawkeye was in all of that. He probably would have been incredibly useful too, as evidenced by this fan-made super-cut. Marvel fan and YouTuber Matt Solazzo put together every perfect strike from Marvel’s least obviously super superhero in the first two Avengers movies. As the video proves, he might be the best member of the whole team. Like we didn’t know that already.His kills-to-arrows-used ratio in the first movie is impressive as well, especially considering he recovers most of them. He probably has to. As good as he is at developing the perfect arrow for every situation, he doesn’t have Tony Stark money. He can’t afford to let expensive prototypes go 20 times in a single movie. Watching this video, it’s clear why Hawkeye wasn’t included in Avengers: Infinity War. He would have ended the fight with Thanos way too early. Where was he in your calculations, Doctor Strange?Charlie Cox, Mike Colter and Krysten Ritter in The Defenders (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Netflix)Some sad news over on the TV side of the MCU. As Luke Cage and Iron Fist greatly improved in their sophomore seasons, it’s looking likely one fan-favorite Marvel-Netflix series isn’t returning for another go. Netflix announced a new brand called NX, which is intended to be their geek-centric section of content. It’s where we’ll find all the superheroes, anime, sci-fi, fantasy and anything else that falls into the “geek” category. There’s nothing wrong with this on its face, but the problem comes when you check the new brand’s social media page. Followers of the “Defenders” Facebook account noticed it changed to an NX page.That pretty much puts the last nail in the coffin containing fans’ hopes for a Defenders season 2. Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb has previously said there were no current plans to do a second Marvel Netflix team-up, and Jessica Jones actress Krysten Ritter has also said that, while she’d love to do it again, there hasn’t been any talks of getting the four heroes together. It’s sad because, while Defenders wasn’t perfect, the four heroes played off each other so well. It was fun to watch them bicker with each other while fighting hoards of bad guys. It also had a great villain in Sigourney Weaver. Plus, it turned Iron Fist into a superhero you wanted to watch, something its entire first season couldn’t accomplish.As Comic Book points out though, there could be a good reason for Netflix moving away from Defenders as a show. The second seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist all came with their own spinoff and team-up potential. Netflix could be moving away from The Defenders in favor of a Luke Cage-Jessica Jones-Iron Fist season of Heroes for Hire. Or we could get that Daughters of the Dragon show we’ve been wanting since Misty Knight and Colleen Wing beat up some bad guys in a bar on Luke Cage. There’s tons of potential for great spinoffs in the Netflix MCU. If they end up happening, it would take away the sting of The Defenders apparently being no more.Sacha Dhawan, Finn Jones (Photo via Netflix)Finally, also in the Netflix corner of the MCU, some fans noticed a fun Easter egg hidden in the most recent season of Iron Fist. Now that the deal for Disney to buy Fox has been approved, fans are wondering when we’ll start seeing the X-Men or The Fantastic Four make their first appearance. We’re still a long way from that happening, but Iron Fist was able to sneak in a subtle reference to Marvel’s First Family, Comic Book reports.The scene occurs in the sixth episode of the new season, when Davos leaves Danny with a broken leg. Unfortunately for him, his temporary partner Mary Walker, an assassin with dissociative identity disorder, reverts back to her meeker, unassuming artist persona at the worst time. Instead of capturing Davos, she calls an ambulance for Danny. That’s when we learn the address of the building they’re fighting in: 42 Baxter.That definitely perked the ears of some long-time Marvel readers. The Baxter Building is where the Fantastic Four sets up shop in the comics. It’s also said to be on 42nd street. Danny Rand and Davos were fighting below the (probably future) home of Reed Richards, Sue and Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm. When they do appear in an MCU property, it’s probably not going to be on a Netflix TV show. They’re too big for anything less than a theatrical release. But it’s still cool that the first mention of anything Fantastic Four-related happened on a TV show like this. Now we can add “42 Baxter” to the list of Netflix MCU movie references, along with “the incident” and “the big green guy.”We’ve got a list of every comic book TV show that’s in production, including all the Marvel Netflix shows. Learn how the Guardians story arc could change Avengers 4. Catch the Captain Marvel preview that will lead into the upcoming film. Stay on top of all things MCU here. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Jayne With tax cut benefits pour on a few trickle on rest

first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor Let’s take a look at how those tax cuts are working out. You know, the ones that are supposed to rain prosperity upon us even though independent analysis says those cuts will increase the federal debt by more than $1 trillion over the next couple years.Ah, here’s an item. According to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, the downpour has started. The congresswoman was happy to share news last week that Premera Blue Cross will use $200 million of its $390 million tax cut to stabilize health insurance in Washington in 2019, particularly in rural counties.This is, indeed, good news. It is self-evident that adequate health care strengthens our communities, and Herrera Beutler said, “Multiple counties in the region I represent were told there would be no affordable health care options last year, so this is welcome and potentially life-saving news and it’s also why I voted to let individuals and communities keep more of their money.”But what is missing from the rhetoric is why Premera Blue Cross needed to keep more of its money in the first place. After all, CEO Jeff Roe received a salary of $882,000 and a bonus of nearly $3 million in 2017, according to financial records. When the head of a not-for-profit company is receiving a bonus large enough to purchase a small island nation, suggestions that oppressive taxes were hampering business are nothing more than a sham.Yet Herrera Beutler keeps clinging to that trope, embracing the same philosophy that had Speaker of the House Paul Ryan boasting about a secretary who was “pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week.” Yes, while secretaries are gaining $78 a year, Premera reaps an extra $390 million from a one-time tax cut. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department announced last month that it expects to borrow $955 billion during this fiscal year, nearly double the amount from the previous year.last_img read more

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Onelegged swimmer is happiest in the water

first_imgIn the late Tuesday afternoon hours, the Mountain View High School swim team gathers at the outdoor pool of a private athletic club. The boys, in their skin-tight jammers, have a meet Wednesday and so they must conserve some energy during this practice.But senior Ryker Phillips is in the last weeks of his high school swimming career. He has a group record in sight, districts in mind, and time to shave.Plus, he’s already missed one practice earlier this week — why’d that upset stomach haveto hit now? — so Phillips must jump into the water. Sickness be damned.Phillips walks into the dome-covered pool, the bottom of his flesh-colored right foot blemished with scuff marks. He grabs one of the lawn chairs on the deck, and uses it to steady himself. He first whips off his towel; next goes his right leg.Phillips releases the locking mechanism inside the 10-pound prosthetic and takes it off. Underneath his swimsuit, his ankle — which appears as a shape of a cone — matches up to his left lower thigh. Phillips props his black carbon fiber prosthetic leg against the chair and hops towards lane four.Phillips grew up in the water. He was in the pool several weeks after he was born and was winning first-place prizes as a second-grader. In spite of having one leg, he performs as one of the top 100-yard butterfly swimmers among his Mountain View group and even placed in the event at the district meet last season.last_img read more

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Crews rescue 5 cats from burning Miami home

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Firefighters helped five cats escape a home in Miami after a fire broke out, Tuesday afternoon.Flames caused significant damage to the house along Southwest 22nd Street and 21st Avenue.Two adults managed to make it out safely.One of the cats needed medical attention but is expected to be OK.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.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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Training camp held for tech team of cops

first_imgVikarabad: Additional SP R Bhaskar conducted a training camp with the vertical officers of tech team here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the officers should enter the details of all cases online and CCTN. He told them to utilise the technology to the maximum benefit. He also directed them to update the details of gun licences and history sheets from time to time. Vertical officers from all police stations were present.last_img

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Hindustan Aeronautics IPO to open on March 16 raise Rs 4200 crore

first_imgHindustan Aeronautics IPO to open on March 16Wikimedia CommonsState-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will open its Initial Public Offer (IPO) worth Rs 4,200 crore on March 16. The subscription will close on March 20 and the government is going to divest 10 percent of its shares.HAL had initiated the process of IPO in 2017 by filing the draft red-herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI. For managing the sale of stakes, the Union government had appointed four merchant bankers — SBI Cap, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Axis Capital in 2013.The company, which is into aircraft manufacturing for the armed forced, will not receive any proceeds from the IPO, and all the proceeds will go to the selling shareholder.By entering the primary market, the company aims to avail the benefits of listing the equity shares in the stock exchanges. HAL aims to carry out the disinvestment of 36,150,000 equity shares by the selling shareholder (the president of India).The face value of the share is fixed at Rs 10 per share, and the issue price band will be Rs 1,215 to Rs 1,240 per share.The Bengaluru-based Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) Company was incorporated in 1963. In July 2007, HAL had received the “Navratna” status. HAL is the 39th largest aerospace company in the world in terms of revenue.Like HAL, government-run Bharat Dynamics and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) are also gearing up for IPO. The two firms had received market regulator SEBI’s approval for going public on February 24.last_img read more

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Increase in interest rates for small saving schemes investors breathe a sigh

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:42Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … We’ll have to talk to Finance Minister regarding GST: Nitin Gadkari Closecenter_img The Union Finance Ministry has increased the interest rates of small saving schemes by 30 to 40 bps (basis points). This is for the third quarter from October 1 to December 31.A hundred basis points is equivalent to one percentage point.The Finance Ministry made this announcement through a circular released on Wednesday. Circular released by the Finance MinistryPIBThe circular explains that the one-year, two-year and three-year time deposits have been increased by 30 basis points. The five-year time plan, five-year deposit scheme, and others have increased by 40 basis points.This is a huge relief for small-time investors since it was reported earlier in July that there would not be an interest hike for the second quarter.According to The Economic Times, a hike has been expected since the government had linked the schemes to the yields of government bonds of the same maturity.The Reserve Bank of India had also increased the repo rates by 50 basis points in its last two bi-monthly monetary policies.last_img read more

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Wife paramour kill man

first_imgKolkata: A man was allegedly murdered by his wife and her lover at Salua near Chinar Park on Sunday night. Reportedly, when the woman tried to bury the body with a distant relative’s help, the marks caused by the injuries inflicted on the man by the woman and her lover came to fore.Later, the cops were informed and the woman and her alleged lover were arrested. Police arrested the duo and sent the body for autopsy. According to sources, the deceased identified as Tazaffar Hossain was a labourer. He lived with his wife Arzina Bibi at Salua. They recently rented a room at Atghara Tarafdarpara. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata A few months ago Hossain came to know that wife was involved in an illicit relation with a youth identified as Shaikh Ilias. His relationship with his wife hit a rough patch as he objected to her involvement with the youth. To get rid of Hossain, Arzina and Ilias hatched a plan. According to the plan, on Sunday night, Bibi mixed something poisonous in Hossain’s food. When he fell unconscious, she allegedly called Ilias. Hossain was tied to the bed but at that moment he regained consciousness and tried to stop them. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIlias and Arzina hit Hossain on his head and body multiple times and later he was strangulated to death using a pillow by Ilias.After killing Hossain, Arzina went to a distant relative’s house identified as Razia Bibi in Salua to seek help pretending as if Hossain died due to illness. When she reached Razia’s house she found that the woman was not at her house. Arzina went to Razia’s son Shaikh Nazrul, who lives near Salua. Arzina cried and said Hossain died due to a cardiac arrest. She said she lived in a Hindu area therefore local residents were not aware about the last rites of Muslims and there was no burial ground in and around Atghara. Believing her, Nazrul went to Atghara and brought Hossain’s body to Salua and kept it at his mother’s house. All of a sudden he asked Arzina when Hossain’s other family members will come. Arzina tried to bypass the question and tried to convince Nazrul to bury the body as soon as possible. Nazrul grew suspicious. When he removed the cloth covering Hossain’s body, he saw multiple injury marks. He called his neighbours and detained Arzina and Airport police station was informed. After cops reached Salua they interrogated Arzina. During interrogation, she broke down and admitted that she along with her lover killed Hossain at her home in Atghara. Since the case place falls under the jurisdiction of Baguiati police station, Arzina was handed over to the officers of Baguiati police station. She was immediately arrested. Later in the afternoon, Ilias was also arrested. The duo was produced before the Barasat Court on Tuesday and was remanded to seven days police custody. Sources informed that cops may reconstruct the murder case soon.last_img read more

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FBI to Apple Google Your New Privacy Policies Are Making People Less

first_imgSeptember 26, 2014 3 min read The FBI has not taken kindly to new smartphone security measures enacted by Apple and Google, which will encrypt data deeply beyond the reach of law enforcement officials — even those in possession of a legal search warrant.In tapping the vast pool of emails, messages, call logs, photos and more that reside on most smartphones, police are able to resolve life-threatening crimes — including murder, child pornography and potential terrorist attacks — that would likely otherwise go unresolved, said FBI director James Comey in a briefing with reporters yesterday.Nevertheless, Apple’s new version of iOS 8 and Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android L, will prevent anyone other than a device’s owner from accessing this potentially fertile trove.Related: Texting and Driving? Not So Fast — General Motors is Watching You“Apple will become the phone of choice for the pedophile,” John Escalante, chief of detectives for Chicago’s police department, told The Washington Post. “The average pedophile at this point is probably thinking, I’ve got to get an Apple phone.””What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law,” Comey added.Though Apple says its new encryption policies aim to protect victims of iPhone theft and not thwart investigations, the FBI has reached out to both companies to make its concerns known, according to the Post.Related: John McAfee: You Should Care That Your Privacy Is DisappearingThe new operating systems call into question the evolving notion of privacy in a digital age. Amid widespread repudiation of mass NSA surveillance and outrage over incessant data breaches and hack attacks, some say that the new smartphone encryption measures are shortsighted.“The outrage is directed at warrantless mass surveillance, and this is a very different context,” Orin Kerr, a former Justice Department computer crimes lawyer told the Post. “It’s searching a device with a warrant.”Despite being barred from smartphones themselves, the FBI will still have access to certain data, notes the Post. Officials can still obtain call and text records from cellphone carriers, listen in on live conversations and determine suspect location based on cell towers. They can also access an array of information through the cloud, where smartphone users frequently back up the data from their devices.Related: OkCupid Founder: ‘If You Use the Internet, You’re the Subject of Hundreds of Experiments’ Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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UN civilian death toll in Yemen rises above 1600

first_img Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. human rights office, said in Geneva that at least 142 civilians were killed in Yemen between July 3 and Monday and another 224 were injured. That included a total of 76 deaths and 38 injuries in a pair of airstrikes on markets July 6.The latest numbers bring the total killed since March 26 to 1,670, while 3,829 civilians have been injured, Colville said.Separately, the U.N. refugee agency said that some 10,500 people have arrived in Yemen by sea since March 26 — bringing to over 37,000 the total so far this year, among them Ethiopians, Somalis and others. Many have been tricked into making the crossing by smugglers who told them the conflict in Yemen is over, it said.Information campaigns are planned in the Somali regions of Puntland and Somaliland and other areas to discourage people from crossing, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said.The agency added that nearly 1.27 million Yemenis are now displaced within their own country, while more than 51,000 people have fled Yemen for Djibouti, Somalia, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous ofcenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BERLIN (AP) — At least 142 civilians have been killed in Yemen over the past 10 days, bringing the civilian death toll in more than three months of violence to 1,670, the United Nations said Tuesday.Air strikes and ground fighting have continued despite a U.N.-brokered truce between Shiite rebels known as Houthis and Yemen’s internationally backed exiled government and its allies. A Saudi-led coalition that in March began launching airstrikes against the rebels has said it isn’t bound by the truce because of a lack of commitment by the Houthis.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 6 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, right, talks with general manager Steve Keim during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Arizona Cardinals have signed tight end Anthony Denham Jr. and linebacker Earl Okine to their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.Steve Keim said in an interview with Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station that the team would look for ways to upgrade their roster this week. The move also comes just a day after the Green Bay Packers reportedly signed a player off of the Cardinals’ practice squad, tackle Ulrick John. Denham, 26, played college football at Utah but went undrafted. He played as a rookie with the Texans but missed 2015 due to injury and spent last season on the Eagles’ practice squad. He most recently was with the Eagles in the preseason.Okine, 27, is a Florida alumnus who had five tackles and a tackle for loss with the Colts in 2015. He was on the Lions’ practice squad most recently until his release on Friday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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