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In the news today April 4

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Thursday, April 5———PM TRUDEAU HEADS WEST TO TALK ENERGY, CLEAN TECHPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will address a business audience in Quebec City this morning, then fly west to Vancouver for a roundtable discussion on clean technology. Trudeau will appear at a party fundraiser in Vancouver, where he is expected to greeted by a large crowd of protesters opposed to the Trans-Canada pipeline. On Friday, Trudeau will visit an oilsands facility in Alberta owned by Suncor.———FREELAND IN WASHINGTON TODAY TO TALK TRADEForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be in Washington today to meet with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer as part of the ongoing efforts to complete a renegotiation of the NAFTA. Freeland and Lighthizer met last month in Washington and the minister said they made good progress. Speaking in Winnipeg yesterday, Freeland with a potential China-U.S. trade war gaining strength, the global trading order that Canada helped create faces its greatest threat since 1945.———ALBERTA INFANT DEAD, 14 PEOPLE ILL IN HOSPITALAuthorities are investigating the death of an infant and the hospitalization of 14 people from a rural home west of Calgary due to what officials say was an influenza-like illness. Cpl. Curtis Peters said Mounties went to a home in Morley, on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, to check on a report of a child in medical distress and confirms the four-month old died at the home. Of the 10 children and four young adults rushed to hospital, one young child was in serious condition, while the rest were stable.———FACEBOOK DATA BREACH HITS 620,000 CANADIANSFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has made a public apology for his company’s handling of users’ personal information — including more than 620,000 Canadians — as the social media giant faced a growing uproar over the use of personal data. The company estimates 622,161 users in Canada had their data improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica through apps used by themselves or their friends. Facebook says 87 million of its users worldwide were affected.———ALBERTA TO REQUIRE ‘SAFE ZONES’ AT ABORTION CLINICSThe Alberta government will introduce legislation today to establish no-go zones for anti-abortion protesters around clinics that offer the procedure. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says intimidation of patients is on the rise, and it won’t be tolerated. Alberta’s two main abortion clinics are in Edmonton and Calgary, and both have court orders requiring protesters to keep their distance.———DOUG FORD SCRAPS MEDIA BUS FOR CAMPAIGNA busload of reporters won’t be trailing Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford to his campaign stops ahead of the June 7 election. Media buses are a campaign tradition to make it easier for reporters to cover candidates at multiple daily events in different cities. But Spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman says Ford’s campaign events will be broadcast online since most media outlets have shifted to covering events from their office and relying on live feeds.———WIND STORM LEAVES THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWERHydro repair crews continue working to restore electricity to thousands of homes and businesses affected by a powerful wind storm that raked Ontario and western Quebec on Wednesday. Ontario’s latest utility, Hydro One, said it about 38,000 outages by early Thursday, down from a peak of about 88,000. Environment Canada says some of the strongest wind gusts were along the Lake Erie shoreline, with Port Colborne recording gusts of more than 100 kilometres per hour.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will discuss discrimination in the criminal justice system in a Halifax speech.— Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer participates in a question-and-answer session in Penticton, B.C.— Statistics Canada will release the Canadian international merchandise trade figures for February.— Court date to be set in the case of former news director Stephan Vogelsang, who is accused of robbing banks.— Yukon government officials will present a briefing on what impacts carbon pricing would have on the territory.— BMO Financial Group will hold its annual meeting in Toronto.— Canada Post will celebrate five of Canada’s best illustrators with a stamp issue.last_img read more

Competition Bureau sues Ticketmaster over misleading ticket price advertising

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The mandatory fees imposed by Ticketmaster vary by ticket, and include “service fees”, “facility charges” and “order processing fees”. The Bureau’s investigation found that Ticketmaster’s advertised prices are deceptive because consumers must pay additional fees that are added later in the purchasing process. This practice, which is known as “drip pricing”, results in consumers paying much higher prices than advertised. Ticketmaster’s mandatory fees often inflate the advertised price by more than 20% and, in some cases, by over 65%.This legal action follows a public statement by the Bureau in July 2017, which called on all sporting and entertainment ticket vendors to review their marketing practices and display the real price of tickets upfront. Facebookcenter_img The Bureau has filed an application with the Competition Tribunal seeking, among other things, an end to the alleged deceptive marketing practices and an administrative monetary penalty.Quick FactsTicketmaster has made the alleged deceptive marketing claims on a number of websites, including ticketmaster.ca, ticketsnow.com and ticketweb.ca, and on mobile applications. Ticketmaster sold over 480 million tickets in 2016 worldwide.Quote“In July, we called on ticket vendors to review their marketing practices. Today, we are filing an application with the Tribunal to stop Ticketmaster from making deceptive claims to consumers. Together, these actions send a strong signal to online retailers: consumers must have confidence that advertised prices are the ones they will pay.”John Pecman,Commissioner of CompetitionRelated InformationAdditional information about online advertising in CanadaAssociated LinksCalling all ticket vendors: Be upfront about the true cost of ticketswww.competitionbureau.gc.caEnquiries/ComplaintsStay connectedThe Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace. Login/Register With: OTTAWA – The Competition Bureau took action today against Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, for allegedly making deceptive claims to consumers when advertising prices for sports and entertainment tickets. Twitterlast_img read more

Metrolinx says recent attack involved malware and had many targets

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario transit agency Metrolinx said Wednesday it doesn’t believe it was specifically targeted in a recently thwarted cyberattack it claims came from North Korea. Anne Marie Aikins, a spokeswoman for the public transportation service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, told the Canadian Press it was hit with malware that circulated the globe with many potential victims.When Metrolinx first revealed the attack Tuesday, it said it was routed through Russia and didn’t compromise personal information Metrolinx stores or its bus or train operations systems.Metrolinx would not reveal how the threat presented itself or whether it was circulated through a link, digital document or download.Ron Diebert, a global security expert and the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, said malware “roams the internet like a common cold or flu virus,” but doesn’t always have a deliberate victim.Because it can easily be stumbled upon, he said, for example, “this could be someone at Metrolinx checking their Facebook Messenger and receiving a link that took them to a malicious system.”In most cases, malware is “very broadly targeted” and people wanting to use it for harm spread it around in hopes of ensnaring as many victims as possible, said Simon Frankel Pratt, an international security lecturer at the University of Toronto.North Korea has been linked to a wave of recent hacks, most prominently the WannaCry ransomware attack.It infiltrated hundreds of thousands of computers and wreaked havoc on Britain’s National Health Service, forcing some hospitals to cancel surgeries, in May.Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration blamed North Korea for WannaCry and said it managed to connect the country to such attacks through evidence and confirmation from the United Kingdom and companies including Microsoft.If the threat is related to WannaCry, then Diebert said it begs the question of why Metrolinx didn’t properly secure their infrastructure last year when patches were widely-circulated.However Pratt said that with the limited information shared about the attack, he doesn’t see any reason to assume the Metrolinx incident is connected to WannaCry.Aikins said Metrolinx uses “ethical hackers” to help it thwart attacks and works closely with the province on cybersecurity issues like the recent incident.Based on what he has heard, Pratt said Metrolinx has “done a fine job” handling the attack, which he considers to be “a routine occurrence.”“Don’t panic,” he stressed.“Our transit system isn’t at risk. Our safety is not threatened.”last_img read more

Substantial drop in child mortality around the globe UN figures reveal

The number of young children who die each day has plunged over the past two decades, new United Nations figures show, but the world is still lagging far behind in efforts to achieve its target for reducing child mortality.The latest estimates, issued by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), indicate that the number of children under the age of five who perish each year fell from more than 12 million in 1990 to about 7.6 million last year.That decrease means about 12,000 fewer children are dying each day than they were two decades earlier.Greater access to health care, particularly in remote areas, broader immunization coverage and higher-quality care in many countries are among the factors being cited for the improvement.Child mortality rates are dropping in every region of the world, including the area with the highest number of under-five fatalities, sub-Saharan Africa, where the rate of the decline has even accelerated in recent years.Success stories include Niger, Malawi, Liberia, Timor-Leste, Sierra Leone, Nepal and Bangladesh, all of which have experienced substantial falls in child mortality rates since 1990.UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said the new figures showed that “we can make progress even in the poorest places, but we cannot for a moment forget the chilling fact of around 21,000 children dying every day from preventable causes.“Focusing greater investment on the most disadvantaged communities will help us save more children’s lives, more quickly and more cost effectively,” he added.In the past two decades the under-five mortality rate dropped by more than a third – from 88 deaths per every 1,000 live births to 57 deaths. Yet that is well short of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), agreed to by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, for child mortality rates to fall by two thirds by 2015.Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, called for increased investment in children’s health in the years ahead, as well as greater efforts to boost nutrition, immunization coverage, water and sanitation.Ian Pett, UNICEF’s chief of health systems and strategic planning, told the UN News Centre that a combination of factors – such as integrated immunization schemes that ensured children received multiple vaccinations – rather than any one single factor had led to the steep improvement.He said many countries had taken different paths to record similar improvements: Sierra Leone, for example, recently cut user fees for child health and maternal health, while Nepal had focused on innovative solutions using village women as volunteer health-care workers in remote areas.Neonatal sepsis, pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria remain the biggest killers, although death rates from malaria have fallen in recent years.Tessa Wardlaw, the chief of the agency’s statistics and monitoring section, noted that about half of all deaths last year of children under the age of five occurred in just five countries: India, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Pakistan and China.Today’s estimates have been prepared by a UN inter-agency group that comprises UNICEF, the WHO, the World Bank and the UN Population Division. 15 September 2011The number of young children who die each day has plunged over the past two decades, new United Nations figures show, but the world is still lagging far behind in efforts to achieve its target for reducing child mortality. read more

Syria UN chief Guterres condemns terrorist attacks in Damascus

“The Secretary-General is appalled by the utter disregard for human life displayed by the perpetrators, and extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, many of whom were pilgrims,” said Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement issued today.“Those responsible for the bombings, and anyone carrying out attacks against civilians, must be held accountable,” he added.According to media reports, twin blasts killed at least 40 people Saturday near holy shrines frequented by Shiites. read more

Ahead of elections UN calls on Kenyan authorities to ensure peaceful polls

“The Secretary-General has been closely following developments pertaining to the electoral process in Kenya, and he has remained in regular contact with the relevant political leaders and other key stakeholders,” said his Spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a statement.“The Secretary-General underlines the importance of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as professional and impartial conduct of law enforcement officials during the elections,” the Spokesman added.Meanwhile, three United Nations human rights experts have urged the Government to ensure that all parties maintain the highest standards of behaviour before, during and after Tuesday’s general elections to avoid a repeat of the violence that took place in 2007.“We call on the Kenyan authorities to do their utmost to ensure peaceful elections, as well as a free and fair voting process tomorrow,” said the Special Rapporteurs on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Annalisa Ciampi, on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, and on summary executions, Agnes Callamard. “Respect for people’s fundamental rights and freedoms – including the right to vote, freedom of expression, association and assembly – are the key to free and fair elections and public participation,” they noted in a joint statement. Since 2007, when the country plunged into bloodshed over disputed election results, “Kenya had made significant progress in strengthening democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” they said, noting it had taken important steps towards peacefully resolving tensions in the context of elections. “However, in the light of recent incidents of political violence, the rise of hate speech and prevailing tensions, we emphasize the importance of all those involved in the process to commit themselves to peaceful conduct during and after elections,” they said. “We also call on their supporters to remain peaceful and refrain from any incitement to violence,” added the experts.The Special Rapporteurs welcomed the Government’s commitment not to shut down the internet, urging the authorities to ensure that media and civil society could report on and scrutinize the poll unhindered. They also highlighted the responsibility of security forces to facilitate the holding of peaceful demonstrations, and to hold constructive dialogue with protesters in an effort to defuse any tensions. read more

How Denver Got Way Better On Defense Without Changing Its Roster

Bucks2014-1567-5.2+3.4+8.6 Nuggets2018-1999-2.3+4.7+7.1 Denver didn’t have to change its squad to dominate on DBiggest one-year improvements in defensive efficiency, and the share of minutes played by returning players, since the 1976 NBA-ABA merger TeamSeason% Ret. MPPrevious seasonValueChange Spurs1997-9859%-5.7+5.7+11.4 A lot of that relative improvement2Measured against the league averages in defensive efficiency from both seasons. The Nuggets were 2.3 points per 100 possessions worse than league average on D last season, but so far this season, they are a little more than 4.7 points better than average on defense, coming out to just over 7 points better on that end altogether. stems from a schematic change in how the Nuggets — specifically, Nikola Jokic — defend pick-and-roll scenarios. The team was shredded in screen-roll action last season, ranking third worst in the league in defensive efficiency when facing such plays, according to data from Second Spectrum. Fast-forward to now, though, and Denver is tied for third best against the pick-and-roll,3From 0.97 points allowed per screen and roll defended last season to now just 0.89 points per screen defended. While that difference may seem small, it’s equivalent to a whopping 5.6 points per 100 possessions, since the Nuggets face about 70 screen-and-roll plays per contest. largely because of how Jokic negotiates the plays differently.Jokic is arguably the most well-rounded center in the NBA from an offensive standpoint, but with lackluster quickness, he has often found himself in no-man’s land: playing just far back enough to routinely give ball handlers wide-open jumpers but just far up enough to give speedsters the runway necessary to finish at the basket before he can get in position to block their shots.This season, though, he’s made a concerted effort to play farther up on pick-and-roll ball handlers in hopes of forcing them into making quicker decisions. Yes, guards and forwards will often still be much more explosive than he is and will beat him to the cup at times, but with improved communication and more decisive action on Jokic’s part, Denver is better able to protect the rim when Jokic isn’t in position to make a play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/NugsDefense.mp400:0000:0001:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Nuggets are using “soft” coverage — in which the man guarding the screener doesn’t come up and truly engage the ball handler — on pick and rolls about 13 percent less than last year when Jokic is on the court, according to Second Spectrum. Opposing jump-shooters last season, having plenty of space, overperformed their expected effective field-goal percentage4This is known as qSQ, or quantified Shot Quality, which measures each shot’s likelihood of going in — based on how far the nearest defender is from the shooter, and how quickly that defender is closing in — if an average shooter were to take the same attempt from that location. by more than 4 points when Jokic was the nearest defender — a sign that he may not have been playing up far enough to affect their shots. This season, though, opponents are shooting jumpers more than 5 points worse than their expected effective field-goal rates.Similarly, the Serbian center — who ranked among the NBA’s bottom five rim protectors in both 2016-17 and 2017-185Among those who defended at least five shots per game that were within 6 feet of the basket and who played a minimum of 55 games. — this year ranks smack-dab in the middle of the league’s rim protectors in how often he forces close-range misses when serving as the nearest defender. In other words, he’s been more than serviceable this season.6And depending on what advanced analytics you look at, some would argue that’s been the case before, too.Of course, it’s fair to question the sustainability of this strategy with Jokic and Denver’s torrid defense as a whole. After all, the Nuggets allow a relatively high number of looks from the short corners and have been somewhat unscathed in that their opponents have hit a below-league-average mark from those spots, and on wide-open triples in general, to this point. In fact, if you look back at Denver’s struggles in early November, when it dropped four contests in a row, teams hit better than 54 percent of their completely open looks from deep. (On some level, this has long been one of the things that Denver sacrifices in hopes of aiding Jokic in the paint. Other defenders, often assuming the 7-footer won’t hold up in coverage, provide help away from their defensive assignments, and in doing so, they run the risk of giving up an open jumper.)Still, there are more reasons to believe in Denver than there are reasons not to. Despite having battled one of the NBA’s toughest schedules so far, the club — with Western Conference wins over the second-place Thunder, third-place Clippers, fourth-place Warriors, fifth-place Lakers and seventh-place Blazers — the Nuggets have beaten almost everyone in the West’s crowded playoff race. Denver has also knocked off Toronto, sitting in first in the East, on the road.Other sources of optimism: Paul Millsap, after missing 44 games last year, is logging a career-high true-shooting percentage at age 33. Guard Monte Morris, who played in only three games as a rookie last season but now sees 24 minutes a night, is unbelievably sure-handed and owns the NBA’s best assist-to-turnover ratio by a country mile.7Somewhat separate: It would be unwise — borderline criminal — if Isaiah Thomas’s pending return to health means fewer minutes for Morris. There are too many questions about Thomas’s fit on defense to risk the rhythm that Denver has going right now. If anything, perhaps they can play alongside each other. Malone took the necessary step of inserting Swiss Army knife Juancho Hernangomez into the starting five when it became apparent that opponents were flat-out ignoring Torrey Craig because of his inability to shoot from outside.Denver is one of the youngest teams in the league, but it leads the NBA in rebounding percentage, is tied for second in assist percentage and has managed to stay atop the standings without Will Barton, its top bench scorer, who should be back from injury in the coming weeks. The Nuggets’ defense has been the headline this season, but they still possess a top-10 offense, and Jokic — already one of the better passing bigs of all-time — has only continued to blossom on that end since bursting onto the scene.It’s still somewhat early, yes. But if Denver’s defense is here to stay, the Nuggets have enough things going for them in just about every other facet of the game not only to make the playoffs for the first time under this regime, but also to do some real damage once they get there.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Hawks1993-9471-2.2+4.6+6.8 Positive values mean the defense was better (e.g., allowed fewer points); negative values mean it was worse.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Celtics2007-0850-0.4+8.6+9.0 Bobcats2013-1464-5.7+2.8+8.5 Lakers1999-0069-2.1+5.8+7.9 Nets2001-0241-2.5+5.0+7.5 Raptors2006-0737-6.5+0.5+6.9 Pistons1995-9668-4.7+2.5+7.2 Opp. pts/100 poss. relative to league avg. The signings and trades of the NBA’s entertaining offseason help us figure out how we feel about a team’s chances of contending for a title the following season. But focusing on splashy roster moves — DeMarcus Cousins to Golden State, Kyrie Irving asking to leave a team that made three NBA Finals in a row — can blind us to other improvements a team can make.That’s part of what makes the Denver Nuggets so compelling this year. The team played little to no defense last season and missed the playoffs. A few months later, the Nuggets rank among the stingiest groups in the league, have won seven straight and lead the West standings. And they’ve done this with virtually the same group of players from last year.While a combination of secondary factors helps explain the turnaround, it makes sense to begin with the most eye-popping change in Denver: the Nuggets’ suddenly stifling defense.“It’s our identity,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told reporters last week after his group held LeBron James and the Lakers to just 85 points. “Let’s be honest, our first three years to be in the bottom five of defense every year, for me, it’s embarrassing. When you’re known, ‘Hey, he’s a defensive coach,’ and three years running, you’re bottom five. I have pride. We all have pride.”And they should be proud for the time being. Denver, which was 25th on defense while surrendering 111 points per 100 plays last season, has jumped 21 spots, all the way up to No. 4 on that end, now allowing 105.5 points per 100 plays. And again: This reversal has taken place despite the fact that the vast majority of the Nuggets’ minutes this season — 99 percent, in fact — have been logged by players who were also on Denver’s roster last season.The San Antonio Spurs became a lockdown team after they drafted Tim Duncan. The Boston Celtics were dominant on D after they traded for Kevin Garnett. But no team has ever improved by as much as this Denver defense has while keeping the cast virtually1The players were the same, but obviously certain players — Monte Morris and Juancho Hernangomez in particular — are playing far bigger roles now. the same. read more

UK weather Snow and ice prompt travel warnings as temperatures plunge to

A man calls for help after his car slides off the A53 near Axe Edge as heavy snow begins to fall between Buxton and Leek in DerbyshireCredit:F Stop Press/Rod Kirckpatrick A man calls for help after his car slides off the A53 near Axe Edge as heavy snow begins to fall between Buxton and Leek in Derbyshire A man walks in snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in North YorkshireCredit:Danny Lawson/PA The scene in Stewarton, East Ayrshire this morningCredit:Jamie Williamson The town of Kelty in Fife is blanketed in snowCredit:SWNS A lorry struggles in the snow on the A6 near the village of Shap in Cumbria It follows a windy weekend which left parts of Wales without electricity on Sunday as overhead cables were felled.Strong northerly winds with gusts of up to 70mph pounded the west and east coasts. The town of Kelty in Fife is blanketed in snow Snow showers could return on Wednesday and there is a risk of further disruptive snow and ice to parts of the country towards the end of the week. “Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.” The scene in Stewarton, East Ayrshire this morning A man walks in snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire The weather warning for Northern Ireland – running from 5.30am until 10.30am on Tuesday – said ice might form causing potential problems on untreated roads.The remaining three are for snow and ice, covering the western side of Scotland and into north west England until 12pm; central regions, Wales and the north east between 12pm and 11am on Wednesday, and the south east, East Anglia and London from 9pm on Tuesday until 12pm on WednesdayForecaster Ellie Creed said: “It’s a case of normal wintry hazards that we would expect – snow, ice, frost are going to be quite prevalent over the next few days.”In Scotland,  Inspector David Hynd said: “Warnings from the Met Office indicate that showers will turn increasingly to snow on higher ground, then to lower levels later tonight and on Tuesday morning.”Between five cm and 10cm of fresh snow is expected above about 200 metres, with a cover of one cm to two cm at lower levels. Drivers should therefore exercise extra caution while this is in force.”If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Up to 10cm of snow could fall in parts of Britain today as the temperature plummets to -7C amid the latest cold snap.  With a deep chill gripping the UK, four separate yellow warnings covered most of the UK, warning of road and rail delays, and hazardous untreated icy paths.Initially, these warnings were scheduled to be lifted on Wednesday. But on Tuesday lunchtime the Met Office extended the warnings for snow and ice to Friday, covering the vast majority of England and Wales. Flurries were reported in Glasgow overnight while around 0.4in to 1.2in (1cm-3cm) could accumulate on lower-lying levels on Tuesday, with the possibility of 2in to 4in (5cm-10cm) falling on higher ground, Marco Petagna from the Met Office said.Mr Petagna said London could see snow showers – but added they were unlikely to settle.Temperatures fell as low as minus 7C (19F) in the Highlands overnight, while the capital was at just about freezing as large parts of the country woke up to frost.During Tuesday morning, a band of rain will push from west to east which could fall as rain, sleet or snow, particularly at peaks in Wales and northern England and Scotland .As the day progresses the wintry weather will move across the Midlands and into the south-east. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A lorry struggles in the snow on the A6 near the village of Shap in CumbriaCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA read more

Devastating Bosnian floods unearths mass grave containing 24 people

first_imgTHE REMAINS OF 24 people, believed to be Muslims killed during Bosnia’s 1990s war, were exhumed from several graves unearthed by May’s devastating floods, an official has said.Floodwaters removed a three-metre layer of ground exposing several small graves on the left bank of the Bosna river in southern Bosnia, Lejla Cengic, spokeswoman for the Institute for Missing People, told AFP.During a month-long operation to exhume bodies uncovered by flooding, the remains of 24 people were found in the area between the towns of Maglaj and Doboj, some of the hardest hit by flooding, she said.“Hands tied”“Most of the victims had their hands tied around their backs, while several were killed by a bullet fired at a close range to the neck,” Cengic added.The remains are thought to belong to Muslim men from the village of Jablanica, near Maglaj, killed by Serb forces in June 1992, at the start of the war.Their identity will be confirmed by DNA analysis.Torrential rains hit Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia in mid-May, killing 77 people in the Balkans’ worst floods and landslides in more than a century.The disaster forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and caused damage estimated at two billion euros.Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war claimed some 100,000 lives. More than 9,000 people are still missing, official data shows.- © AFP, 2014Read: Floods unearth land mines in Bosnia – and wash away warning signs >last_img read more

WATCH These short videos show the many sides to Dublin

first_imgEVERY CITY OR town has its own quirks and interesting corners, with each street telling a new story.We went around Dublin and recorded snapshots of the city using Vine, (an app which lets you record 6-second looping videos) to see what we could capture.Here’s what we found.(Click on the videos to make them play)Dublin city in the morninghttps://vine.co/v/ME5hIPMbBIeNoisy seagulls in Stephen’s Greenhttps://vine.co/v/MEPvYgzaEYDMama swan protecting her younghttps://vine.co/v/MxW5Bl2U2qHAll the Temple Bar colourshttps://vine.co/v/MxWD2MivH6lThe roar of the Vikings (sort of)https://vine.co/v/MxWibW3jhuiStoneybatter’s shopfrontshttps://vine.co/v/M9Bh9XbVdLxDublin’s past – the doors of Henrietta Sthttps://vine.co/v/M9BUOwOJrEwBut what about where you live? We want to see more of Ireland.  Send us your videos to tips@thejournal.ie.last_img read more

Aubameyang reveals top speeds of Arsenal squad

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has leaked details regarding the top speeds of the Arsenal teamOn Wednesday’s training session, manager Unai Emery put his players through their paces and made them complete a number of speed tests.The fastest player of them all turned out to be Aubameyang with an impressive “Max Speed” time of 10.01 and a percentage “Max Speed” of 97%.Fellow speedster Hector Bellerin finished in a close second place.A surprise name near the top of the list was Aubameyang’s former Borussia Dortmund teammate Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who joined the Gunners this summer.The Greek defender clocked in at a “Max Speed” of 9.59.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Bottom of the list was newcomer Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria with fellow new arrival French teenager Matteo Guendouzi finishing just above.34-year-old Stephan Lichtsteiner showed no signs of slowing down by beating his teenage teammate and also finishing above Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Nacho Monreal.Arsenal are aiming to collect their first points of the Premier League season tomorrow when they host West Ham United.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaks Arsenal’s speed test, with him dominating at the top and new boy Lucas Torreira at the bottom ? pic.twitter.com/D83jbsMNUN— UNILAD Sport (@UNILADFooty) August 23, 2018last_img read more

Turin is my home Paul Pogba

first_imgThe French Manchester United footballer has the best memories of his former home: where he scored his first professional goalFrench midfielder Paul Pogba started his professional career with Manchester United in 2011.But it was until he played for Juventus in 2012 when he was able to score his first professional goal.This is why he has the best memories of his time in Italy with the Bianconeri.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“For me, it’s a pleasure. Turin is my home – that’s where I scored my first professional goal,” he told RMC Sport.“[Juan] Cuadrado, [Paolo] Dybala, [Leonardo] Bonucci, I hear from them, we speak from time to time. We were a family, so of course, we stay in contact.”“When you’re alongside players like Pirlo, Gigi [Buffon] or [Giorgio] Chiellini, you can only learn. Every day, in training, you try to observe them. Even as an established player, you can always learn from those sorts of men,” he added.last_img read more

Wenger Zidane should go to the Premier League

first_imgFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Zinedine Zidane should go to the Premier League as the next step in his coaching careerThe Frenchman has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season after leading them to an unprecedented third straight Champions League title.Zidane’s been frequently linked with Manchester United as a potential replacement for Jose Mourinho, who continues to come under scrutiny for the club’s poor start this term.And Wenger reckons that the Premier League is the only place that will give Zidane the challenge he needs.“If you want to work at the top level, you have to go to England,” Wenger told beIN Sports on Twitter.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“England is the only country where six clubs can battle for the title. In other countries, you can generally say who’ll be champion by December.“Zinedine is in a complicated situation because he was at the biggest club in the world, and he can only go to the second biggest club. That means he’s at a crossroads.“Either he goes into a long-term project and he contributes to the construction of a club, or he goes back to a club capable of winning the Champions League.”Wenger himself is on the lookout for a new managerial job after ending his 22-year reign in charge of Arsenal last season.The Frenchman won 707 of his 1,235 games in charge of the Gunners and left with three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.last_img read more

Gay couple claims discrimination during Southwest plane boarding

first_imgMorse, who was traveling with his husband, three children and elderly mother, said they were stopped and told that only families could board at the time.Despite explaining that he and his family were a family, Morse said the agent continued to deny them entry and emphasized that “This is for families only.”“I just feel as though if I was a man and my spouse was a woman with our three children we would not have been profiled,” he said.Morse and his family were eventually able to board the plane. However, he said, his family was not able to sit together. Morse’s family was told to stand aside while a supervisor was called and the plane was filled with other passengers.“As parents we can’t board with our children, but yet she’s letting a man and a woman board with their one child,” said Morse. “Even her supervisor defended this horrific discrimination.”Southwest’s website states, “An adult traveling with a child six years old or younger may board during Family Boarding, which occurs after the ‘A’ group has boarded and before the ‘B’ group begins boarding.”The airline said the dispute had nothing to do with discrimination of the parents but was focused on Morse’s mother, who Southwest said was ineligible for family boarding.Morse’s children were all under the age of 6.According to Fox News, Morse said he understood that the language of the policy could indicate only one adult per child who meets the age restriction is allowed to board during the select window, but he still maintains that the employee did not treat his family respectfully.“You know, their headline is love, L-U-V, or their logo or trademark. I wasn’t feeling the love. I was feeling hate,” he said. Morse has filed a formal complaint with Southwest. And late Tuesday afternoon, the airline responded saying the dispute had nothing to do with discrimination of the parents but was focused on Morse’s mother who was ineligible for family boarding.Morse is looking at the possibility of taking legal action.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A Naples couple is claiming that Southwest Airlines discriminated against them after they were reportedly denied access while boarding a plane.In a Facebook post, Naples resident Grant Morse said he and his husband were flying into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from Buffalo, New York, when he and his family were not allowed to board during family boarding.“Southwest Airlines yesterday did not recognize us as a family and shame on them,” said Morse.last_img read more

Made in India Renault Kwid to be launched in Zambia in 2016

first_imgRenault KwidRenault IndiaAfter the runaway success of new small car Kwid in India, the French auto maker is now looking to explore the market for the small hatch in the southern African county of Zambia.A report of The Post of Zambia reveals that the F-One Hazida, the sole distributor of Renault cars in Zambia, is planning to bring the new Renault Kwid to the country in early 2016. Renault Kwid, which is expected to challenge the used car market in Zambia with its affordable price tag, will go on sale in the country with prices starting at USD 15,900 (Rs 10.53 lakh) inclusive of all taxes and VAT.According to the report, the Kwid is expected to be launched in Zambia in January, 2016. The F-One Hazida has already started taking pre-orders for the upcoming Kwid in the country and is said to have got few bookings already. The company hopes to sell 60-70 units of Kwid in Zambia in 2016.The Kwid, the first car to be built on the CMF-A platform, offers the best-in-class mileage at 25.17kmpl. In India, Kwid is offered in four variants — Standard, RxE, RxL and RxT. Under the hood, Kwid gets 799cc 3-cylinder petrol motor, which is tuned to churn out 53bhp and a peak torque of 72Nm with a 5-speed manual gearbox.last_img read more

Cardin Van Hollen and Cummings Announce 150000 for Morgan State University

first_imgFor Immediate ReleaseAugust 14, 2019WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) have announced $150,000 in federal funding for Morgan State University. The funding will create a one-year pilot program that will help increase students’ proficiency and success in programming skills with the goal to retain them as computer science majors. It is a part of a continued focus on STEM education in Maryland and across the country, and it was awarded through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) – Undergraduate Program. This funding is in addition to the $1.5 million the lawmakers announced for Morgan State in July.“Increasing diversity is critical to the long term strength of our STEM workforce,” said Senator Cardin. “I am pleased by the NSF’s continuing recognition of Morgan State’s value as an HBCU with high-quality, job-market informed STEM programs.”U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) have announced $150,000 in federal funding for Morgan State University. (Courtesy Photos)“Encouraging students to pursue careers in technology and other STEM disciplines is vital to our economic growth and international competitiveness. HBCUs like Morgan State are committed to making that goal a reality and increasing diversity in this important field. I will continue working in Congress to make sure that our students receive the best education and are prepared for future success in the workplace,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees.“STEM education is crucial to ensuring that the next generation is at the forefront of scientific and technological research and development, and is ready to innovate solutions to the problems of the present and future.  As a member of the Morgan State University Board of Regents, I have witnessed how Morgan, and other HBCUs, prepare today’s leaders for tomorrow’s challenges and I am pleased that this grant will provide the foundation for students’ future successes,” said Congressman Cummings.NSF supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.CONTACT: Francesca Amodeo (Van Hollen) | (202)-228-0672Tim Zink (Cardin) | (202)-224-4524Andy Eichar (Cummings) | (202)-225-4741last_img read more

GhostBuster remove ghosted devices on Windows

first_imgGhostBuster: remove ghosted devices on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on February 14, 2018 in Software – Last Update: February 14, 2018 – 12 commentsGhostBuster is a free portable open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to enumerate and remove so-called ghosted devices on the operating system. We reviewed GhostBuster back in 2012 for the first time.A ghost device refers to a device that was connected to a Windows machine in the past but is no longer connected to it. Whenever you connect a new device to a Windows PC, Windows stores records of it in the Registry.This can be a mouse or keyboard, a hard drive, computer monitor, or any other device.These records remain on the system when you disconnect the device again and they are not removed automatically. While you can use the Windows Device Manager to remove individual items, programs like GhostBuster provide you with a better, easier to use interface.GhostBusterYou can run a portable version of GhostBuster or install it. The program enumerates all devices and highlights ghosted devices so that you can distinguish them from active devices right away.Devices are grouped which improves accessibility. You can hide all active devices with a right-click and the selection of “hide unfiltered devices” from the context menu.This makes it a lot easier to go through the list of ghosted devices before you decided what to do about them.The right-click menu offers interesting options that help you analyze individual devices. You may use it to open the device properties which you may find useful as it reveals detailed information on the selected device which you may need to identify it properly.Another option is to open the device’s entries in the Windows Registry.The right-click menu lists options to add the selected device to the removal list. Other options include adding devices by class or wildcard.GhostBuster lists the selected action under “match type” in the table. It is recommended that you check the “create System Restore checkpoint” option before you hit the “remove Ghosts” button. The action requires elevation but should complete without issues.GhostBuster’s latest version supports additional features like the option to create a system restore point prior to removing devices from the system.Closing WordsGhostBuster is a useful administrative tool for Windows to remove records of devices that you won’t connect to Windows again, to remove records of device connections, and to remove device information to start anew when you connect the device the next time to the Windows machine.Related articlesFind out which devices have been connected to your pcManage non-present devices on Windows with Device Cleanup ToolRemove Old Windows Device DriversSummary12345 Author Rating4 based on 6 votes Software Name GhostBusterOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://bitbucket.org/wvd-vegt/ghostbuster Advertisementlast_img read more

Cosmetic company Lush dedicates new bath bomb to trans rights

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsAmerican Airlines celebrates inclusion and diversity during PRIDE monthLGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lush-bath-bomb-trans-rights/ 100% of proceeds (minus taxes) are going to the National Center For Transgender Equality and The Canadian Centre For Gender & Sexual Diversity.Our new Inner Truth Bath Melt is full of cocoa butter and Sicilian orange oil, but that’s not all: 100% of the sales minus the tax goes directly to the National Center For Transgender Equality and The Canadian Centre For Gender & Sexual Diversity. https://t.co/rLgnDH3nYw pic.twitter.com/6FgTrgSRxA— Lush North America (@lushcosmetics) February 16, 2018While the storefronts will last for two weeks, it’s not clear how long the bath bomb will be available.‘At Lush, it’s important for us to listen to our staff and find out what issues they are most passionate about,’ Carleen Pickard, Lush’s ethical campaigns specialist, told HuffPost.‘Transgender rights has consistently been at the top of the list. As an inclusive employer who champions equality, we simply couldn’t stand by knowing our co-workers fear for their lives because of who they are. So we felt it was our duty to to shed light on these daily discriminations and work to advance and secure their basic rights.’Pickard further told GSN: ‘This campaign comes at a time when the rights of those in the trans community in the United States are being attacked. Our campaign aims to shed light on these daily discriminations and provide impactful tips individuals can use to make all spaces safer.‘RuPaul is also loving the campaign.FABULOUS @lushcosmetics is supporting trans rights with a limited-edition product, 100% of the sales going to @transequality and @ccgsd_ccdgs. #TransRightsAreHumanRights https://t.co/jWE681TUre pic.twitter.com/Upae4eq6QD— RuPaul (@RuPaul) February 16, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Cosmetic company Lush launched their two week campaign #TransRightsAreHumanRights on Thursday (15 February).They’re highlighting trans rights with a store makeover and a new bath bomb.All 250 North American storefronts are replacing their products with quotes and stories from transgender employees.For the next two weeks, we’re stripping all product from our shop windows to take a deep dive into the discrimination faced by transgender people in North America while discussing how cisgender people can be good allies. #TransRightsAreHumanRights – RT if you stand with us. pic.twitter.com/M3K1Ihdiy8— Lush North America (@lushcosmetics) February 15, 2018They also have decorations around their stores proclaiming that trans rights are human rights.Plus, customers are also able to pick up a beginner’s guide to being a trans ally when they swing by.YAY LUSH pic.twitter.com/5P3V5Ss0GL— emi (@plantblogger) February 15, 2018On their website, they also have a page dedicated to trans stories. These include how-to guides for joining the movement, being an ally, and a trans glossary.Our transgender and non-binary Lush staff share their voices about identity and how we can all come together for trans rights. #TransRightsAreHumanRights https://t.co/aKTOElp3tX pic.twitter.com/dSkYUrgnxp— Lush North America (@lushcosmetics) February 15, 2018Enjoy the feel of that bath bombTheir new bath bomb is the Inner Truth Bath Melt.A pink and blue heart, the product contains cocoa butter and Sicilian orange oil, and that’s only the beginning. The Inner Truth bath bomb. | Photo: Twitter @lushcosmetics Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Bath bombs are all the rage. After all, following a long, hard day, what’s better than me time, soaking in a hot bath? The answer — doing just that and donating to a good cause.last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The running game has been no friend of the Arizona Cardinals.Prior to LaRod Stephens-Howling picking up 104 yards on 20 carries in Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings, no Cardinal had reached triple-digit rushing yards in a single game this year. “I’d say the second series,” Stephens-Howling said of when he felt he was going to have a good game Sunday. “I ran to the outside and I just felt like our offensive line, they did a great job of getting me to the second level. “I would say if we can continue to run the ball that will open up some play-action opportunities for us,” Whisenhunt said.As important as the running game can be, what’s maybe even more important is winning the turnover battle. Thet Cardinals coughed the ball up twice in Minnesota, including an interception that was returned for a touchdown. “What we can’t do is make the mistakes,” Whisenhunt said. “Turnovers and those kind of things.” – / 21 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories “Once we can do that it doesn’t matter what back is in the game, we have backs that can make people miss after we get through the second level.”Stephens-Howling’s effort follows a solid game from William Powell, and suddenly the Cardinals are showing signs of life on the ground.“He was a warrior [Sunday], he was tough, ran the ball well,” Whisenhunt said of Stephens-Howling. “You know, William ran it well the week before and LaRod kind of got back in the groove.”That “groove” led to the team’s best individual rushing effort of the season. It was the most yards any Arizona back has tallied in a single game were the 83 Ryan Williams gained against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3.“We ran the football against a very good run defense this past week and we ran it effectively,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. “LaRod did a good job, the offensive line blocked in the run game well.”Still, the Cardinals scored just 14 points on the afternoon, a number that won’t be good enough to win most weeks. But the hope is a stronger running game will make things easier for the rest of the offense.last_img read more

8 Have a beer in Berlins microbreweries Bavaria

first_img8. Have a beer in Berlin’s microbreweriesBavaria may have Germany’s most famous beer brands, but Berlin has a long tradition of brewing too. In recent years several exciting new brewers have set up shop. Hidden in a Wedding student housing complex, Eschenbraeu is well worth visiting for its home-brewed beers and flammekuchen pies. In the Friedrichshain district, the Hops & Barley bar attracts a young crowd. Closer to the centre, Brauhaus Lemke is an original Berlin brewpub, pulling pints since 1999. But two of the best places for a beer are the Prater Garten, the oldest Biergarten in town, serving its own Prater Pils, and the relaxing Cafe am Neuen See which serves Bavarian beers and overlooks a beautiful boating lake in Tiergarten Park.Read more: UK’s top 10 craft beer pubs 5. Markthalle 9Only two of Berlin’s thirteen market halls survive, and the beautiful ‘number 9’ hall in Kreuzberg, dating back to 1891, has been revived with a lively weekly farmers’ market. Wander around the many enticing stalls on a Friday or Saturday (10am to 6pm) – it’s a great place for fresh regional food and a cheap way to dine out. But there’s more; the Kantine restaurant serves excellent organic lunches every day, there’s a popular street food market every Thursday evening (6pm to 10pm) and there are often special markets on Sundays, dedicated to local crafts or sweets. If that isn’t enough reason to drop by, the new Heidenpeters microbrewery sells its ales on market days. By the Puecklerstrasse exit, the famous Weltrestaurant Markthalle is a lovely place for a schnitzel, or a beer on the terrace. 7. Tempelhofer Freiheit ParkVisiting a former airfield may not sound very exciting, but step out onto the runways of the now abandoned Tempelhof Airport and there’s two kilometres of wide empty track stretchng out before you, then you’ll get the appeal of such an afternoon. Tempelhof was built in the 1930s and was meant to be the world’s most advanced airport and one of the world’s largest buildings. Later, the Americans used it as a military airport, and it played a key role in saving West Berlin during the 1949 Soviet blockade. The 1200-metre-long terminal building is used for tours and events, while the airfield has been converted into a park for lying in the sun, kite boarding, jogging, cycling, roller-blading, dog-walking and barbecuing. The most convenient entrances are S/U-Bahn Tempelhof and U-Bahn Boddinstrasse but it’s best to arrive by bike (yuccie single-speed of course) to make the most of it. Admission to the park is free. 6. Clärchens BallhausGenerations of Berliners have danced the nights away at Clärchens since it opened in September 1913. Here, Berliners could have fun and perhaps dance with the man or woman of their dreams. The photos at the entrance show that very little has changed over the last 100 years, though the front of the building, now a terrace, was bombed in the war. Nowadays, Clärchens is Berlin’s last real dance hall, with great pizza and German dishes and themed dance nights (tango, salsa, foxtrot, etc – free admission) on weekdays. The legendary schwoof parties (€5) take place at weekends, when there’s live music and you’re welcomed at the coat-room by Günter, who has worked here since he was a nipper in the mid-1960s. It’s the place to dance ’til dawn (4am) on the weekends! 10. Party on at a festivalBerliners like to celebrate outside during the warm summer. But the festival season starts off each year in the midst of winter with the Berlinale Film Festival in February, which sees thousands of Berliners and foreigners retreat to warm cinema halls to watch the best new film releases. The outdoor season kicks off on May 1 with the MyFest street festival in the Kreuzberg district. Berlin’s main street party is the multicultural Karnaval der Kulturen parade in late May. Listen to live music at stages all over town during Fete de la Musique, on 21 June, while late June sees the huge Christopher Street Day gay parade. Finally, the city’s main landmarks and buildings are majestically lit up during the Festival of Lights in October.Read more: 13 of the best music festivals for 2015 4. Take a tour with a differenceThere are dozens of tours around Berlin’s tourist sights, but perhaps the most interesting is to join small tours around the outlying districts. The history here is no less interesting than in the city centre, and you’ll get insights into normal daily life. Slow Travel Berlin, a website written by Berlin-lovers, organises district walking tours that really take the time for in-depth exploration of Prenzlauer Berg, western Kreuzberg or Wedding. Finding Berlin is another website by Berlin enthusiasts that run tours; join their ‘Little Istanbul’ walk that includes chats with Turkish bakers and shop owners in Neukoelln, or the ‘Life & Styles’ tour, exploring eastern Kreuzberg using vintage fixed-gear bicycles. If you prefer to sight-see solo then they also rent out cool vintage (what else in this hipsterville?!) bikes. Related10 best free things to do in BerlinIn Berlin on a tight budget? Our local expert shares her top insider tips for the best free things to do on a Berlin break.10 incredible places to visit in GermanyGermany isn’t all about swigging beer and the Berlin Wall (although both should be on your holiday hitlist!). From cutting-edge art collections to fairytale castles, feast your eyes on these 10 must-visit German destinations and the top things to do when you get there.17 amazing abandoned airports around the worldEmpty airports in warzones, little known airfields and airplane boneyards: welcome to the strange world of abandoned airports. For whatever reason, these 17 airports, some suggested by you in places like Spain and the US were left to wither, leaving little-known military bases and wasted aircraft debris behind.center_img From beer gardens to abandoned airports and amusement parks, we reveal 10 of the best alternative things to see and do in Berlin.It’s a well known hipster hangout, but Berlin is not just about style – although there’s plenty of it, from fashion to architecture. Learn about the city’s turbulent history, see some world-class live music and shop for low-cost gourmet grub at the markets. Oh, and of course, taste test some of the world’s best beer (just don’t tell Bavaria). Here’s a selection of must-sees in the German capital:1. The Berlin Wall MemorialThe best place to learn more about the Berlin Wall and the division of Germany is the official Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse, north of the centre. The border ran right along the façades of the houses here, and after residents were evacuated and the lower floors were bricked up, people still managed to flee the GDR by jumping out from the top floors. The information centre shows films of the construction of the wall, and there’s a view tower overlooking a short stretch of wall that has been restored to the original, brutal look. The centre is open 9:30am to 7pm, and from November to March 9:30am-6pm, but closed Mondays. Walk around the back for a peek at the ‘death strip’ through the gaps in the rear wall. Today artists have claimed large swathes of the wall as a canvas for their work, and a tour of these bright and creative murals is a moving reminder that from dark times beauty can still flourish – but visit soon, as much of the wall is falling into a state of disrepair and the artworks which adorn it are unfortunately disappearing with it. This outdoor exhibition is open 24hrs and is completely free. 3. Three panoramic placesBerlin may be a relatively flat city with only a handful of high-rise buildings, but there are several places to get great panoramic views across town. The Panoramapunkt at the top of the brick Kollhoff tower on Potsdamer Platz is a terrific city centre viewpoint., open daily 10am – 8pm. Europe’s fastest elevator it zips you 100 metres up for views of Berlin’s new and old centre, and it also features a café and exhibition centre. Just south of the centre, the monument at the top of the Kreuzberg hill in Viktoriapark is Berlin’s highest natural point; get off the U-Bahn at Mehringdamm, buy some beers at a Spaeti shop and walk up along the romantic waterfall at sunset. In the Neukoelln district, the new Klunkerkranich ‘cultural rooftop garden’ on top of a shopping centre car park has a bar, DJs, live music and parties with fabulous views over Berlin – the party starts at 4pm on a Friday, 2pm on the weekend, and lasts until the wee hours. 9. Go urban exploringPhotographers, graffiti-artists and the plain curious are all drawn to Berlin’s many abandoned and ruined places, and several websites are dedicated to ‘urban exploration’ self-guided tours. Southeast of the city centre in the Treptow district, the former Spreepark amusement park is one of the most spectacular examples; the Ferris wheel and many rides are slowly being swallowed by the forest, and can be visited on a tour or just by wandering in. On the western side of the city, there’s the former CIA listening post on Teufelsberg hill. Further afield, explorers can look for the Olympic Village and the Beelitz Heilstätten hospital and several Nazi or Soviet military areas. {% widgets %}{“type”: “widget”, “id”: “newsletter”}{% endwidgets %}2. Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraThe Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is without doubt one of the best in the world. Directed by Englishman Sir Simon Rattle, it performs regularly in Berlin, and tours the world extensively. The orchestra’s home is the striking yellow tent-shaped Philharmonie near Potsdamer Platz. Its interior with seating terraces all around the stage was revolutionary when it opened 50 years ago. Don’t miss the free Tuesday lunchtime concerts by upcoming and renowned musicians; arrive 30-45 minutes early and bring something soft to sit on, as the audience sits on the lobby floor! These performances start at 1pm and run daily from September 3rd to June 14th. Get more tips for your next trip to Berlin:10 best free things to do in BerlinIn Berlin on a tight budget? Our local expert shares her top insider tips for the best free things to do on a Berlin break.Top 10 most beautiful hotels in BerlinFrom ultra-modern to classic chic: stay in one of these stunning hotels and enjoy a room with plenty of view!Find flights to Berlin_Tripbod Jeroen is a travel writer and editor for InYourPocket.com who loves cycling around Berlin and exploring the city’s quirkier sights._Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more