Man held for planning attack on Muslims in Germany

first_imgGermany has been rocked by a string of extreme-right attacks over the past 12 months.A gunman with apparent far-right beliefs killed nine people at a shisha bar and a cafe in the city of Hanau, near Frankfurt, in February, while two people were killed in an attack targeting a synagogue in Halle, near Leipzig, in October.In June 2019, pro-immigration politician Walter Luebcke was found shot dead at his home in the central state of Hesse, and a far-right sympathizer has been charged with his murder.Interior Minister Horst Seehofer proclaimed in March that right-wing extremism and right-wing terrorism were “the biggest danger for democracy in Germany”, promising a beefed up security response. The suspect referenced the attacker who killed 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch in March 2019, and said he wanted to carry out a similar attack. “His aim was to kill Muslims,” prosecutors said.Police found weapons in the suspect’s home, as well as electronic files containing right-wing extremist content. He was detained on Saturday and faces charges of threatening to commit criminal offences and financing terrorism through the purchase of weapons. Police in Germany have detained a man on suspicion of planning to kill Muslims in an attack inspired by the 2019 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, prosecutors said Monday.The 21-year-old from the northern city of Hildesheim had announced his attack plans “in an anonymous internet chat”, the state prosecutor’s office in the town of Celle said.Initial investigations show the suspect “has for some time been considering the idea of committing an attack in which he wanted to kill numerous people in order to attract worldwide media attention,” prosecutors said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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House Passes Kilmer Coastal Protection Bill

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted to approve a package of bipartisan bills to protect vulnerable coastal and Great Lakes communities impacted by climate change. The package includes bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer that would provide dedicated resources to Native American tribes living in coastal areas to support their efforts to mitigate threats caused by climate change and sea level rise.“Climate change is real and it requires bold action,” said Rep. Kilmer. “Our region has seen severe storms and rising sea levels threaten communities. We’ve seen homes and community centers in Taholah face water damage. We’ve seen the Quileute Tribal School in La Push be in the crosshairs of a rising ocean. We’ve seen coastal challenges threaten public safety, public access, and cultural landmarks for these tribes and others, including the Hoh and Makah Tribes.”Among the key provisions included in the H.R. 729 are:Supporting Resilient CoastsKilmer’s Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act provides federal resources to Native American tribes living in coastal areas to support their efforts to mitigate threats caused by climate change and sea level rise.The bill would modernize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Coastal Zone Management Grant Program to create a dedicated set-aside for tribal communities to secure grant funding to support key projects that will protect their people and landmarks from changing landscapes and weather events.Coastal tribes are increasingly confronting persistent flooding, mold damage, tsunami threats, and erosion.Protecting Living ShorelinesH.R. 729 also include bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Kilmer to establish a grant program to fund the design, implementation, and monitoring of climate resilient living shoreline projects intended to protect coastal communities and ecosystem functions from environmental conditions, particularly those impacted by climate change.Eligible projects include the removal of shoreline armoring and restoration of nearshore habitat for juvenile salmon, which not only improve resilience, but are also are among the top priorities for the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda to protect and restore Puget Sound.last_img read more

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South Africa recalls ‘faulty’ ANC celebration condoms

first_imgSouth Africa has one of the highest HIV infection ratesSouth Africa’s leading HIV group has warned that large numbers of “faulty” condoms are in circulation in the Bloemfontein area, despite a recall.The problem with the condoms was discovered after people complained to the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).Health authorities have recalled more than one million condoms handed out ahead of the recent African National Congress centenary celebrations.They say they are still investigating claims that the condoms are porous.A batch of 8,700 boxes – which all bore the South African Bureau of Standards stamp – were delivered to guesthouses, hotels, restaurants and bars before the ANC celebrations.The Free State Health Department says it is recalling the estimated 1.35 million condoms as a “precautionary measure” – and urged the public not to panic.But TAC’s Sello Mokhalipi told the BBC that condoms “are still out there in large numbers and that is of great concern to us”.“The complaints are that the condoms broke during intercourse,” he said. TAC says it conducted its own investigation using some of the condoms that had been handed out for the centenary celebrations and found them to be porous.“When you poured water in them, the water seeped through,” Mr Mokhalipi said. Free State Health Department spokesperson Jabu Mbalula said the health authority could neither confirm nor deny that the condoms are faulty until it has concluded its own tests on the recovered condoms.This is the first time that Free State province – which has a population of 5.5 million people – has had to recall condoms.The last major recall of condoms in South Africa was in August 2007 when 20 million were recalled after “hundreds of thousands” were found to be faulty. South Africa has one of the highest infection rates of HIV – the virus that causes Aids – in the world.BBC News Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint South Africa recalls ‘faulty’ ANC celebration condoms by: – January 31, 2012 55 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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Kyari’s death, will of God – Peter Obi

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Edo poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghana’s President The Peoples Democratic Party Vice Presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Peter Obi, on Saturday condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari on the death of his Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari. Obi, in a statement issued in Abuja by his Media Adviser, Valentine Obienyem, condoled with Buhari and Kyari’s family, urging them to take the loss, though painful, as the will of God. He prayed God, whom he said had called the late chief of staff home, to grant his soul eternal rest. He said: “I pray to God to grant Kyari’s family the needed strength and comfort over the loss of their patriarch. “I also pray God to grant all who had died of Coronavirus eternal rest, and through His divine healing hands, touch and clear the world of the deadly COVID-19 disease.” The former Governor of Anambra State urged Nigerians to continue to abide by all the regulations and protocols stipulated by governmental and global health agencies to stay safe from Coronavirus infection.Tags: Abba KyariMuhammadu BuhariNigeriaPeter Obilast_img read more

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Chadli completes Spurs move

first_img Press Association Tottenham have completed the signing of Belgian winger Nacer Chadli from FC Twente and he could feature in their pre-season friendly against Monaco on August 3. He is the second major summer signing for Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, following the arrival of Brazil midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians earlier this month. Chadli has spent three season with Twente and he scored in both Champions League ties against Spurs during the 2010-11 season. center_img Chadli’s move to White Hart Lane, for a reported £7million, was confirmed by Spurs on Friday after the 23-year-old agreed personal terms and passed a medical. The Belgium international has been training with Tottenham on their tour of Asia. last_img read more

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Most challenging year ahead for Bayern: Robert Lewandowski

first_imgBERLIN: Robert Lewandowski is convinced that Bayern Munich’s players face the most challenging year of their careers going into the 2020/21 season, where they seek to defend last season’s treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League.”Everyone will be desperate to beat Europe’s top team,” the 32-year-old told Xinhua news agency before the Bavarians’ 2020/21 Bundesliga curtain-raiser against Schalke on Friday. “Staying at the top might be much harder than getting to the top. One has to consider all the possible details both on and off the pitch.” The Pole spoke about his side’s determination to repeat last season’s success. “We did something big, but to go on successfully means forgetting about the past,” said Poland’s captain. Having to play every two to three days after only one week of rest “is the biggest challenge all of us have had to face in their career so far”. “We love that challenge.” The Bayern striker indicated his club might use different line-ups and tactical approaches to get through the season. “In the Champions League’s final round, we had many players able to go full tilt all the time for the tournament-like competition. But over an entire season, we have to talk about adjustments and use our heads.” One piece of good news is that the record German champions have “so many young players and all of them are as hungry as the established ones. You can feel it in every training session,” the 2019/20 Champions League’s top scorer said. Every Bayern player has to forget his ego and act smartly as everyone will need a break now, he added. “Success is all about the players’ contribution to the team.” Lewandowski also expects to see Bayern’s new arrival Leroy Sane moving up a gear after joining in from Manchester City. “I always try to push him to do things he didn’t know he can do. His potential is huge,” the Pole said and spoke about sprint duels he has started in training in order to challenge the 25-year-old German international. Despite all the challenges ahead, Bayern can do it again, Lewandowski commented. (IANS) Also Watch: Cyclist Dies in Road Accidentlast_img read more

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No. 1 seeds make up Final Four

first_imgIt is only fitting that in a year filled with upsets and surprises, something expected should happen. Well, the Final Four can attest to that, displaying all four No. 1 seeds in the tournament that have overcome those surprises better than any other team. North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas and Memphis have not necessarily shocked the nation, but have certainly turned heads in their quests for the national championship.UCLA has made the Final Four for the third straight year — a remarkable feat for any team. North Carolina opened the season as the top seed and flirted with being No. 1 all year long before ending the season where it began. Kansas was one of the last undefeated teams in the country and stayed atop the strong Big 12 throughout the season. Memphis went undefeated in Conference USA and had only one loss to No. 2 Tennessee on their schedule.Nevertheless, some are surprised at the outcome of the tournament so far, and that is a valid argument — for the first time in NCAA history, all four top seeds reached the Final Four. But is that really surprising? Well, if you look at history, yes. Looking at the pool of teams this year, though, it’s hard to argue that any of the remaining teams do not deserve to be in the Final Four.When you look at all the rosters left, your jaw will simply drop at the level of talent that these teams boast. There were no upsets for any of these teams — they all played as well as they did all season long.UCLA has freshman star Kevin Love leading the way offensively, and the Bruins also have established leaders like Josh Shipp and Darren Collison.Kansas has five players who average more than nine points per game, including sharpshooters Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers.Memphis boasts the best record in the country and has players like Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts to pave the way for the Tigers’ success.Finally, North Carolina has Player of the Year candidate Tyler Hansbrough as a team leader and offensive machine. Beyond that, they have Ty Lawson alongside Hansbrough to add on to the scoring attack.Aside from the players, look at the coaches. John Calipari of Memphis, Ben Howland of UCLA, Bill Self of Kansas and Roy Williams of North Carolina have all established their organizations as among the best in the country.So now that the matchups are set, who will be able to play in the championship game? Every team has talented rosters, and every team is well-coached. So what will push a team over the top?In the Memphis-UCLA match, the game will be decided by the two teams’ post play. With the Bruins’ Kevin Love dominating every team in the tournament so far, Memphis forward Robert Dozier will have to do his best to contain the freshman center. If Love is not contained, then the Bruins will dominate the key on offense and defense, and the Tigers will have no chance to fight back with the strong inside presence.On the other hand, John Calipari’s Tigers are one of the most athletic teams, and everyone in their starting lineup is capable of scoring big. That being said, UCLA will have to play strong team defense against Memphis in order to win the game.When all is said and done, UCLA’s inside presence will be too much for Memphis to handle. Memphis can compete with some of the most athletic teams in the country, but the Bruins’ size and inside presence will be enough for UCLA to make it to the national championship game.When North Carolina takes on Kansas, the Tar Heels will be forced to respect Kansas’ perimeter shooting. Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers will light up the court beyond the 3-point line if the Tar Heels’ defense isn’t preventing Rush and Chalmers from getting open looks. Furthermore, what will make Kansas so difficult for North Carolina to guard is that any one of its starters can get the job done offensively.Kansas will have to deal with a completely healthy Tar Heels team. Now with Lawson at full strength along with Hansbrough, North Carolina boasts a repertoire that features threats from both the inside and outside. Not to mention guard Wayne Ellington averages 16.6 points per game and will have to be guarded tightly as well.With North Carolina completely healthy, it is on paper the best team in the nation. Furthermore, with Roy Williams as their coach, the Tar Heels should be able to stop Kansas in its tracks. UNC dominated nearly every team they have played in the tournament, and though that probably will not be the case with Kansas, North Carolina has a clear advantage over the Jayhawks.Regardless, since all the teams in the Final Four have been the best throughout the course of the season, these picks should be taken with a grain of salt. All at No. 1 seeds, any of these rosters has a good chance to win.last_img read more

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USC professor sues DMV, alleges First amendment violation

first_img“Kotler is someone who wants to stand up for his constitutional rights, his First amendments of free speech,” Wa said. “And frankly, he doesn’t think that the department should falsely accuse him of being a racist just because he wants to support a soccer team.” “Kotler applied for a license plate … and the Department of Motor Vehicles denied the license plate because it was offensive and had racial connotations,” Wa said. “Kotler submitted a bunch of documents that showed the slogan was a commonly used slogan by NBC, by the team, and had no racial connotations whatsoever.” Kotler is getting represented by attorney Wen Fa of the Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit that defends and promotes civil liberties, according to its website. According to the complaint obtained by the Daily Trojan, Kotler, an associate professor of journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, applied for a vanity plate with the acronym “COYW,” which stands for “Come on You Whites.” He said the phrase is a reference to his favorite British soccer team Fulham FC, which is nicknamed the Whites. According to UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, in an interview with LA Magazine, the DMV decision discriminates against speech based on viewpoint. Volokh said banning vulgarities is viewpoint neutral, but banning offensive material is viewpoint based. California DMV director Kathleen Webb is named as a defendant in the complaint, which alleges the department violated Kotler’s civil rights and that the decision was “absurd,” “unfair” and “biased.” “I think this case highlights arbitrary government action, and when you give the government broad authority to ban things it deems offensive, it is going to make decisions that are arbitrary, biased and wrong,” Wa said. Attorney and USC professor Jonathan Kotler filed a suit Tuesday against the California Department of Motor Vehicles after his personalized license plate application was denied over fears that the acronym could carry racist connotations. According to the complaint, California law allows individuals to submit applications for “special interest” license plates. However, the DMV may refuse to issue a license plate that may carry connotations that are offensive or indecent. Kotler, a trial and appellate attorney who argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the City of Riverside v. Rivera case, believes the DMV’s decision is a violation of the First amendment, Wa said. “Those criteria include a configuration containing ‘an insulting or degrading term,’ a configuration with a term considered ‘repulsive,’ or a configuration with ‘a negative connotation to a specific group,’ the complaint read.last_img read more

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Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 66-62 upset over No. 9 Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the second time in as many home games, Syracuse fans stormed the court. Jim Boeheim unofficially earned the 1,000th win of his career, as SU (15-9, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 9 Virginia (17-5, 7-3), 66-62 on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Here’s three takeaways from the game.Closing timeIn a string of close games against Wake Forest, Florida State and NC State, Boeheim has lauded his team’s ability to make plays in the final minutes. Against FSU, Gillon converted 11-of-12 free throws to put the game away. It was Gillon again against the Wolfpack, who kept SU alive with a deep 3 that tied the game with 1.1 left on the clock.In the final three minutes of Saturday’s game, there was no prolonged free-throw contest or heroic 43-point games. The Orange and Cavaliers exchanged blows in the final three minutes, with SU getting to the basket like it hadn’t been able to all game. London Perrantes cut under Syracuse’s zone to make it 64-62 with under 20 seconds to go.Andrew White was then fouled with 15.7 remaining, and sunk both free throws to make it 66-62 and put the game away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textToe-to-toeFor all the credit Virginia gets on the defensive end, Syracuse did its part to match up evenly with the Cavaliers. SU was able to catapult itself ahead of UVA in the second half by forcing five turnovers in the first 10 minutes. Highlighting those was a tipped a pass out of Jarred Reuter’s hands and into Tyler Lydon’s. The sophomore sprinted down the court to the top of the key, and Carrier Dome crowd hit a crescendo as Lydon buried a 3 to give Syracuse a 39-36 lead, its first of the game.Lydon forced another turnover on the next possession, smothering a pass destined for London Perrantes. Lydon fed the ball ahead to John Gillon, who dropped in a fast-break layup. The Orange scored 20 points off turnovers in total, nine in the second half.Traffic jamIn the first 20 minutes against Virginia, Gillon looked like a shadow of the player who had scored 43 points just a day prior. The speedy point guard, who’s found immense success against defenses that allow him to drive the paint, had no such benefit against the Cavaliers’ top-ranked defense.The result was a scoreless first half for Gillon, and a Syracuse offense that had to funnel through uncomfortable shots around the arc. SU has proven this year that 3-point shooters like Andrew White and Tyus Battle are only as productive as the Orange’s point guards allow them to be. It’s been a struggle throughout Atlantic Coast Conference play for Syracuse to create its own shot around the arc, and that was a byproduct of SU’s inability to dribble drive against the Cavaliers.After Syracuse’s lowest-scoring first half of the season, the Orange streaked on a 19-2 run to start the second. That vaulted SU ahead, 39-36, in a run punctuated by four 3s. SU never did find much success in the paint, but it did around the arc. Comments Published on February 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

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