first_imgSituated about 10 kilometres from the main market in Kairana, village Kaserwa Kalaan is Jat-dominated. Villagers put the population of Jats – a dominant caste in western Uttar Pradesh – in the village at about 50%.As one walks around the narrow lanes, with large houses on either side, one sees the title Chaudhari – typical of Jats in the region – prefixed to nameplates in many houses.It is this powerful, agrarian caste that may in some ways hold the key to the May 28 Lok Sabha bypoll in which the BJP locks horns with a combined opposition that has backed the candidature of Tabassum Begum, now with the Rashtriya Lok Dal, a party traditionally associated with Jats in western U.P.Kaserwa Kalaan seems to be veering around to the RLD this time, with Jat villagers strongly backing the RLD.If Jats vote for the RLD in large numbers, the combined strength of Muslims, a numerically powerful community here, Jats and Dalits can make the contest a tough one for the BJP.Playing cards with his friends just outside his house, Bhopal Masterji, an ageing teacher belonging to the Jat caste, says the village is heavily tilted towards the RLD this time.He faults the BJP for the recent Karnataka crisis, and points to rising fuel prices to claim that the party has been unable to fulfil its promises.Communal overtones to the election apart, caste alignments are key to the poll outcome here, with the opposition combine banking on Jats deserting the BJP to vote for the RLD candidate.This is what seems to be happening, if Kaserwa Kalaan is any indicator.However, community stereotypes regarding Muslims remain, despite the shift.Asked if Jats would vote for a Muslim candidate of the RLD – given that Muzaffarnagar had seen Jat-Muslim riots in 2013 – Sanjeev Singh, a resident of the village, says that Jats would vote for any RLD candidate this time.“But if the RLD were to field a Jat candidate, not one Muslim would vote for him,” he adds with a wry smile.‘Muslim votes crucial’“Muslims are large in number here, and their votes are going to be crucial. Add Jats, and the RLD is on a strong wicket,” he says. “The day Muslims cross the 50% population mark in western U.P., only candidates they prefer will be elected.”The BJP also has a caste card in Kairana. They are banking on the Gujjars, with their candidate Mriganka Singh being late Gujjar leader Hukum Singh’s daughter.Apart from Gujjars – an influential caste here – the BJP is counting on upper caste Hindus, particularly Baniyas, to see it through.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City Kompany: Man City can’t be complacent amid special run Sacha Pisani 08:54 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Vincent Kompany Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Newcastle United v Manchester City Newcastle United Premier League Pep Guardiola’s side can move 15 points clear on Wednesday but the defender said his team-mates cannot afford to relax Manchester City are the runaway Premier League leaders amid their record winning streak but captain Vincent Kompany warned against complacency, pointing to the 2011-12 title race.Unbeaten City travel to Newcastle United on Wednesday seeking to extend their lead atop the table to 15 points with an 18th successive Premier League victory.Many believe the title has already been decided before the New Year – rivals Manchester United and defending champions Chelsea battling for second position behind Pep Guardiola’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Kompany insisted City cannot afford to relax as the defender mentioned the club’s successful 2011-12 campaign, when they overturned an eight-point deficit to upstage United on goal difference.”I draw on that, I don’t know if everyone remembers, but with six games left we were eight points behind,” Kompany said. “That’s why I’m probably always the first guy to come in and say, ‘No guys, we can’t really say…'”I really don’t want that, so we push and push and push and no-one has the right to let their performance down and let their guard down.”We have to keep it going. When you are on such a run you want to put it aside straight away and think about the next one, because you know how little it takes to lose that special feeling.”We all have a role to say something [about dangers of complacency] – there are a lot of experienced lads in the team. We do mention it, but the manager will have mentioned it many, many times as well.”But ultimately it’s the same for everyone – we all have that feeling and don’t want it to go away.”It’s too early to draw any conclusions. We don’t need to focus on the league, or anything else other than winning the game and having a performance at the same time.”City are back in action on Wednesday against Newcastle in the Premier League.last_img read more

first_img Posted: March 15, 2019 IRS warns public of new phone scam KUSI Newsroom March 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Internal Revenue Service today warned the public about a new phone scam in which criminals are impersonating IRS employees. Similar to other IRS impersonation schemes, thieves make unsolicited phone calls to their intended victims fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.In the recent variation, scammers are making unsolicited phone calls to victims claiming to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service office in Houston or Brooklyn.Calls may be robo-calls that request a call back. Once the taxpayer returns the call, the con artist requests personal information, including a Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification numbers.TAS does not initiate calls to taxpayers out of the blue. Typically, a taxpayer would contact TAS for help first, and only then would TAS reach out to the taxpayer.In other variations of the phone scam, fraudsters demand immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The callers are often hostile and abusive.Alternately, scammers may tell would-be victims that they are entitled to a large refund but must first provide personal information. Other characteristics of these scams include:Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers to identify themselves;Scammers may know the last four digits of the taxpayer’s Social Security number;Scammers spoof caller ID to make the phone number appear as if the IRS or another local law enforcement agency is calling;Scammers may send bogus IRS emails to victims to support their bogus calls;Victims hear background noise of other calls to mimic a call site;After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license or other professional license revocation, scammers hang up. Others soon call back pretending to be from local law enforcement agencies or the Department of Motor Vehicles, and caller ID again supports their claim. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Мистер Старк, м-мне что-то плохо…#ЩелчокТаноса pic.twitter.com/7hguaQX3La— Honeydew melon (@elizavetapm) April 24, 2019 The above tweet quoted Spider-Man’s now-infamous line: “Mister Stark, I … I don’t feel so good,” according to the BBC.The people who avoided Thanos’ wrath were shown how many people were dusted and the number of fellow survivors — it seems 397,795 accounts fell and 397,794 survived.If you want to see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe deals with the fallout of the snap, you’d better see Avengers: Endgame before the events of that movie become the subject of online stunts and memes. 24 hours into the 59-hour Marvel movie marathon Tagscenter_img 3:39 Marvel The Avengers People on VK gambled over the Russian social network’s version of Thanos’ snap. VK/Screenshot by CNET Much like Google’s Thursday Easter egg and Reddit’s 2018 purge, the Russian equivalent of Facebook apparently sought balance as Avengers: Endgame hits theaters.Marvel fans on VK (previously known as VKontakte) signed up to a plug-in that would mirror the impact of villain Thanos’ snap at the end of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, where he wiped out half of all life in the universe, the BBC reported Thursday. Those who fell victim to the snap — which happened at 12 p.m. local time Wednesday — were shown the image of the Infinity Gauntlet hovering over a pile of dust for 15 minutes before being “resurrected” by having their accounts restored. One person was unfortunate enough to have two separate accounts dusted by the snap, the BBC noted. Post a comment TV and Movies Internet Serviceslast_img read more

first_imgTv celebs on HoliPR HandoutAs and when the festival of Holi arrives, there is an incredible zeal of celebration in the hearts of the people. Whole of India gets into a celebratory mood, wishing their near and dear ones. Holi is the festival of color and joy. It is the day when the colors diminish all the discriminations of caste and creed in society.The colors of Holi also bring the spirit of joy, passion and enthusiasm. It is a festival to celebrate the divine love of Radha and Krishna as well as the commemoration of the fact that ‘Goodness always triumphs over evil”.On the occasion of Holi, some television stars expressed their views and emotions associated with the festival of colour. They said this festival sends out a special message of unity. There is an eternal meaning of Holi beyond the ‘color play’ and ‘grand feasts’, they opined.Here is what various TV stars said on the occasion of Holi:Romil Chaudhary: Holi is a time to reach out with the colors of joy. It is the time to love and forgive. It is the time to express the happiness of being loved and to be loved through colors.Tejasswi Prakash : Holi is the apt time to break the ice, renew relationships and link yourself with those that you wanted to with a bit of color.Adnan Khan : Holi is the festival to burn all negativity and bring positivity in life.Helly Shah : Holi is a special day of the year to enjoy and spend time with those who are close to our hearts.Kunal Jaisingh: Enjoy the harmony with colors on Holi and the rest of the days with the colors of love.Shubhangi Atre : Dipped in hues of love and trust, the festival of Holi has come. And that’s why the festival of Holi is very special among other occasions.Pearl V Puri : Holi is not only about colors and sweets. It reminds of the divine and eternal love of Krishna and Radha. It also reminds one of Narashima, Prahlada and Hiranyakashyapa and thus the fact that truth and humanity are invincible forces in the universe.Roop Durgapal : Holi is the day to express love with colors. It is a time to show affection. All the colors that are on you are of love.Manish Goplani : Holi is the day to let the colors shower love, which dewells in our hearts.Devoleena Bhattacharya : A true and caring relation doesn’t have to speak loud, a soft message is just enough to express the heartiest feelings. Enjoy the festival of Holi with lot of fun.Zebby Singh : Holi is a great time for celebrating the colors of our beautiful relationships, and all the bright hues of life with colors.Mahika Sharma : God gifted us all the colors of life, colors of joy, colors of happiness, colors of friendship, colors of love and all other colors we want to paint our life with as the occasion of Holi.Anuj Kohli : Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs are the ingredients of perfect Holi. It also reminds us to share positivity and avoid negativity.Arshi Khan : The colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness. Hence, the festival is reminds of humanity.last_img read more

first_imgMap of Kabul locating the international airport, site of deadly suicide bomb attack on Sunday. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a suicide attack near Kabul international airport has risen to 23, the health ministry said Monday, with an AFP driver among the dead.At least 107 others were wounded in Sunday’s powerful explosion, which happened as scores of people were leaving the airport after welcoming home Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum from exile.The health ministry warned the latest toll, which initially had been 14 dead and 60 wounded, could change.AFP driver Mohammad Akhtar, 31, was among those killed when the suicide bomber blew himself up.The father of four had been on his way to work the night shift.The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group through its official Amaq news agency, according to the SITE intelligence monitoring group.Senior Afghan government officials, political leaders and supporters had gone to the airport to greet Dostum, a powerful ethnic Uzbek leader and former warlord.Despite being linked to a catalogue of human rights abuses in Afghanistan, Dostum was mobbed like a celebrity as he arrived in Afghanistan after more than a year in exile.He was travelling in an armoured vehicle and narrowly escaped the attack.Dostum fled to Turkey in May 2017 after being accused of organising the rape and torture of a political rival.He had denied the allegations and said his departure was for medical check-ups and family reasons.Seven of Dostum’s bodyguards have been convicted of the sexual assault and illegal imprisonment of Ahmad Ishchi, a former governor of the northern province of Jowzjan, in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgA police officer patrols outside Masjid Al Noor mosque after Friday`s mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: ReutersThe massacre of Muslims at New Zealand mosques on Friday demonstrated the global reach of a white nationalist movement that preaches an imagined “European” ideal, rejects immigration and shares often vicious threats over the internet.It’s leaderless, fragmented, and relies for attention on lone-wolf type attackers like the 28-year-old Australian loner who allegedly killed 49 people Friday in Christchurch, explaining in a manifesto that he wants to “crush immigration” and revenge terror attacks on Europe.But experts say it is a cohesive movement bound together online that stretches across Europe into Russia, has a deep following in the US and Canada, and as Friday’s attack showed, is present in Australia and New Zealand.They say it poses as much of an international threat as Islamic extremism, and even more so in the United States where white nationalist attacks have outpaced those by jihadists for years.Flowers and signs are seen at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: Reuters“White nationalism and far-right extremism is the most prominent extremist threat facing the United States today, and indeed it is a worldwide phenomenon,” said Brian Levin, director of the Centre for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.”These folks fear demographic change. They use the term white genocide,” he said.Roots in 1930s, 1940sThe white nationalist movement has roots in concepts espoused decades ago by European and American fascists and neo-Nazis.French historian Nicolas Lebourg noted that the Christchurch suspect’s manifesto cited British 1930s fascist Oswald Mosley, who developed the idea of a planet organised by race.His use of the word “Europeans” for whites was first promoted in the late 1940s by American neo-Nazi Francis Parker Yockey.”White genocide” is an idea that appeared around 1972 in the United States, Lebourg noted, and was then popularised in Europe by French writer Renaud Camus.Indeed, the suspect’s manifesto was titled “The Great Replacement,” the title of a 2011 book by Camus, popular in white nationalist circles, that argued that non-white immigrants are supplanting white Europeans.People write on a sign at a memorial as a tribute to victims of the mosque attacks, near a police line outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: ReutersBut their ideas are not uniform — some white nationalists are anti-Muslim, some anti-Jewish, some capitalist, others socialist.What unites them today, analysts say, is their fundamental opposition to immigration.Vanderbilt University professor Sophie Bjork-James said a common fear was that white Christians could become minorities in societies they have dominated for centuries.This has given rise to movements like the France-rooted “Identitarians,” and Identity Evropa in the United States.White nationalists have been further emboldened by the rise of politicians espousing traditionalist views and a tough line on immigration — from Marine Le Pen in France and Viktor Orban in Hungary to Russian president Vladimir Putin; and the UKIP party in Britain.The same holds true in the United States where president Donald Trump campaigned for the White House on an anti-immigration platform, backed by an overwhelmingly white voter base.Trump notoriously appeared to sanction the march by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, and has avoided condemning violence from the far-right.Bjork-James said, “They see him as an incredible opportunity to broaden their influence.”The Christchurch suspect called Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”While he was swift to condemn the massacre, Trump courted controversy once again on Friday by saying he did not think it showed white nationalism to be a growing problem worldwide.”I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people,” he told reporters in the Oval Office.’Lone wolf strategy’Bjork-James said the internet, especially sites like GAB and Stormfront, have helped build a global community for the otherwise disparate white nationalists.”Stormfront is a global clearinghouse for white nationalism,” she said.It was filled with comments early Friday on the Christchurch attack, with some questioning the murder of women and children.One commenter rejected the debate, she noted, by saying chillingly: “Invaders are not innocent people.”People react after placing flowers at a memorial as a tribute to victims of the mosque attacks, near a police line outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: ReutersShe said overall the movement operates consciously as a “leaderless resistance,” whose members aimed to inspire each other into action.”The lone-wolf attack is actually a part of a global strategy,” said Bjork-James.The Christchurch suspect wrote that he took inspiration from other white nationalists who undertook mass killings.He cited Anders Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in Norway in 2011; Dylann Roof, who killed nine African-Americans in a US church in 2015; Alexandre Bissonnette, who murdered six in a 2017 attack on a Canadian mosque; and others like them.But Lebourg said that attacks more recently appear to have become part of a cycle of revenge, especially since the jihadist bombings that targeted France in 2015.The suspect’s manifesto supports that: he cites revenge for historical events and recent Islamic extremist attacks multiple times.The 2015 attacks were “a tipping point for all the supremacists,” Lebourg said. “Now revenge is in people’s heads.”last_img

first_img Listen Now Though it may be slightly later to the set-top box party, Amazon is looking to differentiate itself from competitors with a video streamer you can talk to.The ecommerce giant unveiled its long-anticipated Fire TV during a press event in New York this morning — on the very day that the $99 box will be available to ship.And Amazon vice president Peter Larsen took the opportunity to knock the clunky navigation, laggy buffering and closed content ecosystems of competing boxes, as he described them — including those of Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.Related: Amazon Is Now Accepting Returns Through its LockersTo address these issues, Amazon has amped up Fire TV’s specs with a quad-core processor for “three times the processing power of Apple TV and Roku” as well as four times as much memory.To avoid excessive buffering, an Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) feature “dynamically adapts to your viewing habits,” Amazon said.Perhaps most markedly, quipped Jeff Bezos in a letter on Amazon’s website, “Fire TV has voice search that actually works” — as well as a zany commercial starring Gary Busey to illustrate how viewers can speak the names of titles, actors or genres into their remotes.Related: Aereo to Supreme Court: Our Streaming TV Service ‘Falls Squarely Within the Law’The thin, black, square, 4-inch box represents the latest foray by Amazon into the hardware space following the launch of its revolutionary Kindle family of devices (which also tout a fire-themed name.)While Amazon already offers its own video-streaming service, Amazon Prime — and develops proprietary content via Amazon Studios — Fire TV’s content partners at launch time will include Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Showtime Anytime and many more, though notably not HBO GO.In addition to 200,000 TV episodes and movies, Fire TV is also throwing over 100 games into the mix. A Fire Game Controller will be sold separately for $39.99, and both free and paid games will be available for an average price of $1.85.Users can also stream “millions” of songs from services like Pandora, iHeartRadio and more.Related: Apple and Comcast in Talks to Create Priority TV Streaming Service 2 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.center_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer April 2, 2014last_img read more