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  1. 16-year old Syrian Mohamad Al Jounde (R) celebrates after receiving the International Children´s Peace Prize, given to him by Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai on December 4, 2017 at the Ridderzaal in the Hague. Netherlands/ AFP HAGUE: A Syrian teenager made a strong plea Monday for the world to give refugees fleeing his country´s war an opportunity, as he received the prestigious International Children´s Peace Prize in The Hague. "We just want people to give us a chance to prove ourselves," Mohamad al-Jounde told AFP. "I can promise you, we are people just like them, we live in the same world," Jounde said, as he was handed the award at a gala ceremony in a medieval hall in the Dutch capital. The 16-year-old´s words came after yet another wave of Syrian air strikes killed at least 25 civilians and wounded dozens across the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Sunday, a Britain-based monitor said. More than 340,000 people have died in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 and more than five million people have fled, according to the UN refugee agency. Many refugees, including 2.5 million children, are now in camps in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and elsewhere. "Mohamad receives the award for his tireless efforts to ensure the rights of Syrian refugee children," the KidsRights Foundation, which organises the prize, said. Despite being a refugee himself, the energetic boy and his family built a school now housing 200 children in a refugee camp in Lebanon where he taught maths, English and his passion, photography. "As Mohamad knows, Syria´s future depends on its children and their future depends on education," said Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who presented Jounde with the KidsRights prize. "Despite all they have personally suffered, Mohamad and his family have helped many children to go to school," she said. Jounde said it was especially photography that helped children deal with the terrible experiences they had endured. "It´s often only through their pictures that we can really see who these children really are, as they don´t trust anybody," he told AFP. After the worst migrant crisis in Europe since World War II peaked in 2015, as well as a string of jihadist attacks, refugees and migrants have faced a growing backlash in recent months. "My message to people who don´t want refugees to be there is we didn´t want to come either. But that´s what war does," said Jounde, who now lives in Sweden with his mother and father but has an older sister still trapped in Lebanon. "Start dealing with us as normal people, not as refugees or immigrants," he said. KidsRights has awarded the prize annually for the past 13 years "to a child who fights courageously for children´s rights." It also includes a 100,000 euro ($118,000) investment for projects in the winner´s home country. Past winners include Yousafzai, a Pakistani education campaigner and the prize´s first recipient, and Nkosi Johnson, a South African boy who shone a light on the plight of children with HIV/AIDS.
  2. Justin Bieber/File photo Getty Images LONDON: A British teenager was found guilty on Monday of planning to drive a car into a crowd in the Welsh capital Cardiff, with a Justin Bieber concert and a shopping center among the list of possible targets for his Daesh-inspired attack. The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wrote a letter in which he said he was ?a soldier of [Daesh]?. Police found the letter in a rucksack in his bedroom which also contained a large knife and a hammer. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he was planning an attack of a similar type to one near Britain?s parliament in March, where a man in a van drove into pedestrians on London?s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a policeman. ?This teenager?s behavior over many months leaves no doubt that he intended to kill and maim as many people as possible in an attack reminiscent of the incident on Westminster Bridge,? said Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter terrorism division at the CPS. ?He was also posting extremist content online that could have encouraged others to commit terrorist acts and downloading instructions on how to carry out ?lone wolf? attacks.? The Westminster attack was one of five major attacks this year that British authorities are treating as terrorism incidents. Five people including the policeman and the attacker, Khalid Masood, died in the Westminster incident. The CPS said the Welsh schoolboy had posted Daesh propaganda on his Instagram account, and his Instagram password was ?Truck Attack?. He researched possible targets including Cardiff Castle, a theater, a library and a shopping center, as well as the Bieber gig, which took place in June. The teenager admitted that he owned the knife and hammer and had written the letter, but denied intending to harm anyone. He will be sentenced in January.
  3. David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the ?The Partridge Family? television show, died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said. Cassidy, who was diagnosed with dementia in his 60s, entered a Florida hospital over the weekend and succumbed to organ failure. He died in the hospital?s intensive care unit, his publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, said in a telephone interview. Geffen released a statement from his family that said Cassidy died surrounded by loved ones ?with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long.? With dark hair cascading over his shoulders, hazel eyes and a look that emulated many rock stars of the day, Cassidy was cast at 19 in ?The Partridge Family? for his *** appeal to girls, not his singing. When the show?s producers discovered Cassidy?s melodious voice, he became lead singer in the family band. He played the teenager Keith Partridge whose widowed mother - portrayed by his stepmother, Shirley Jones - formed a touring pop band with her offspring, traveling to gigs in a multi-colored bus. The sitcom produced a number of hit songs, including ?I Think I Love You,? which reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1970, the year the show debuted. The Oscar-winning Jones was his mentor as well as his co-star, and the two remained friends and collaborators long after the show ended in 1974. ?At first, David was overwhelmed with the whole thing and his ego blew way up,? Jones told Life magazine in 1971. ?And I think he hoped that some of those adoring fans would come a little closer to his own age.? On his own, as a performer who played guitar and piano in addition to singing, Cassidy sold millions of copies of his debut album, ?Cherish,? in 1972. He drew large crowds of mostly teen and pre-teen girls at concerts around the world. Girls tried to pierce security perimeters to touch the star and spent their allowances on merchandise emblazoned with his image, including lunch boxes and 3-D postcards. His fan club was one of the largest of its kind. The fandom surrounding Cassidy approached the hysteria of Beatlemania a decade earlier and culminated in a stampede at a 1974 show in London. Hundreds were injured, and a 14-year-old girl caught in the crush died days later. Cassidy announced soon afterward he would not stage another global concert tour. TROUBLED LIFE, STALLED CAREER Cassidy was born in New York City in 1950 to actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward, and he announced his interest in show business at age 3, when he was coming home in a taxi from seeing his father in a stage show. After his parents divorced, Cassidy lived with his father and his new wife, Jones. Cassidy appeared in a short-lived Broadway show and had guest roles on television before his breakthrough in ?The Partridge Family.? It would give him the best years, by far, of his career. Cassidy had an acclaimed guest role on the television show ?Police Story? in 1978 and continued to record albums in the decades that followed, with sporadic success on the charts. He also performed in musical theater on Broadway, in London?s West End and in Las Vegas. But he struggled financially for years and declared bankruptcy in 2015. Cassidy also confessed to abusing drugs and alcohol and was arrested multiple times for driving under the influence. He said on the talk show ?Dr. Phil? in 2017 that he had to get drunk to visit his mother when she was in the hospital. She died of dementia, as did his grandfather. Cassidy told People magazine that he was in denial for a time about his own dementia. ?But a part of me always knew this was coming,? he said. Cassidy, who lived in Florida late in life, was married three times and is survived by his son, Beau, and his daughter, Katie, who have both had their own careers in show business.
  4. GENEVA: The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday. Childhood and teen obesity rates have levelled off in the United States, north-western Europe and other rich countries, but remain ?unacceptably high? there, researchers at Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) said. ?Over 40 years we have gone from about 11 million to a more than tenfold increase to over 120 million obese children and adolescents throughout the world,? lead author Majid Ezzati of Imperial?s School of Public Health, told a news conference. This means that nearly 8 percent of boys and nearly 6 percent of girls worldwide were obese in 2016, against less than one percent for both sexes in 1975. An additional 213 million children aged 5-19 were overweight last year, but fell below the threshold for obesity, according to the largest ever study, based on height and weight measurements of 129 million people. The researchers called for better nutrition at home and at school, and more physical exercise to prevent a generation from becoming adults at greater risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancers due to excessive weight. Clear food labels on salt, sugar and fat content are needed to help consumers make ?healthy choices?, the study said. Taxation and tough restrictions on marketing of junk food should be considered, it said. WHO has already recommended a 20 percent tax on sugary drinks to reduce consumption. RAPID TRANSITION South Africa, Egypt and Mexico which had ?very low levels of obesity four decades ago? now have among the high rates of obesity in girls, between 20-25 percent, Ezzati said. ?The experience of east Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean show that the transition from underweight to overweight and obesity can be rapid,? the study said. If current trends continue, in 2022 there will be more obese children and teenagers worldwide than underweight ones, who now number 192 million, half of them in India, the study said. Polynesia and Micronesia had the highest rates of child obesity last year, 25.4 percent in girls and 22.4 percent in boys, followed by ?the high-income English-speaking region? that includes the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Britain. Among high-income countries, the United States had ?the highest obesity rates for girls and boys?, 19.5 percent and 23.3 percent, respectively. ?Children are not getting physical activity in the school days, there is poor food opportunities in many schools, walking and cycling to school is going down in many countries, unsafe in many other countries, and parents are not being given the right, sufficient advice on nutrition,? said Fiona Bull of WHO?s department of non-communicable diseases. ?It?s the changing environments, food, behaviours, portions, consumption patterns have completely changed over the last 40 years. Highly processed food is more available, more marketed and it?s cheaper,? she said.
  5. Zander Venezia WASHINGTON: A promising young professional surfer has died at the age of 16 while catching a wave in Barbados during Hurricane Irma, the World Surf League said. Zander Venezia, a native of Barbados, reportedly fell off his board and hit a shallow reef at a beach called Box by Box, it said. He and other surfers were riding a swell generated by the Category Five hurricane. Speaking to the magazine Surfline, fellow surfer named Alan Burke said: "Zander was bleeding, and he wasn´t moving. They tried to get him to the beach quickly, which was very difficult. "Box by Box is a tough place to get in and out of, even if you have the ability." The son of a surfer, Venezia won the Rip Curl Grom Search in the Outer Banks in North Carolina in mid-August, and in April he won the National Scholastic Surfing Association regional championships. The Barbados newspaper Nation News called Venezia one of the island´s most promising junior surfers.
  6. Andrey Rublev is the youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2001 NEW YORK: Russian teen Andrey Rublev, inspired by other young stars of Russian parentage, is the youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2001 and on a collision course with his idol -- Rafael Nadal. The 53rd-ranked 19-year-old dispatched Belgian ninth seed David Goffin 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 Monday to book a last-eight date Wednesday with 15-time Grand Slam champion and world number one Nadal. "I´m just going to try to enjoy," Rublev said. "This is going to be good challenge for me to see how far I am from the top players and how much more I need to work. "He has amazing legs. He has amazing defense. And me, I have good shots. I can play really fast, in fast rhythm." Rublev will try to become the youngest Grand Slam semi-finalist since Nadal at the 2005 French Open and the US Open´s youngest since Australian Lleyton Hewitt in 2000. "I think normal, like always. It´s a quarterfinal. But in general is just a match," Rublev said. "I hope it´s not my last quarterfinal on the ATP Tour. I have to try to don´t show emotions, to try to be focused, to try to fight." Rublev´s run caps an impressive season by rising stars like Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov, into the US Open last 16, and German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, a five-time winner this year -- both born to Russian parents in other nations. "I think it´s quite good that they are genetically Russian guys, even they are different nationality," Rublev said. "Their winning is quite good -- for Russians." Rublev says he is not intimidated by facing someone with the success of Nadal or Roger Federer It also bolsters Rublev´s confidence as he prepares to test how deep he can go in a Grand Slam event. "It?s great because we are giving each other motivation. When you see young guys winning big matches, I start to think, ´If he can win, maybe I also can win it. Why not?´" Rublev said. "All these guys, they have a good level. You can see all the guys, Shapovalov, Zverev, (Borna) Coric, they are beating all the players. They also have level to be in quarters, in semi-finals. Today I´m here, but next tournament they can easily win it or to be in the finals." Rublev says he is not intimidated by facing someone with the success of Nadal or Roger Federer, a possible semi-final foe. "I´m thinking more like it´s amazing what they are doing. When I see this, I feel that they´re really legends," Rublev said. ´Cannot be without tennis? Rublev turned to tennis after liking the game his mother coached more than football or boxing, which his dad coached. "I was always on tennis court. My dad was boxer, so I also was in a boxing gym always. I don´t like it. When I was there, I wanted to leave. When I was on tennis court, I like it so much," Rublev said. "Also I like football. But I start to think if I´m going to try to play football, it means I´m going to have less tennis. I was not ready to have less tennis. I say to myself that I want to play tennis all days, and I cannot be without tennis." Rublev wanted a solo sport more than being part of a team. "I think it´s something more special, different feelings than compared to the team sports," he said. "I like this feeling more."
  7. Philippine police patrol the streets of Cebu. Photo: Reuters A Philippine government agency on Monday said a murder complaint would be filed against policemen who shot dead a teenager accused of robbery, the second such case in just over a week against police from the same part of the capital, Manila. The Public Attorney?s Office (PAO) said an autopsy conducted by its forensic experts indicated that Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, was tortured before he was shot in Caloocan City, and the way he was killed was similar to that of a high school student shot dead in Caloocan on Aug. 16 by anti-drugs officers. The death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos stirred rare public outrage about President Rodrigo Duterte?s ferocious war on drugs, in which thousands of people have been killed. Delos Santos was dragged by plain-clothes policemen to a dark, trash-filled alley before he was shot in the head and left next to a pigsty, according to witnesses. Police said he was armed and they killed him in self-defense. The body of Arnaiz was found on Aug. 28 by his parents at a morgue. He was last seen alive on Aug. 17, according to media, which, citing a police report, said Arnaiz was accused of robbing a taxi driver and died in an ensuing firefight with police. The killing has not been linked to the anti-drugs campaign. PAO chief Persida Acosta said Arnaiz? eyes were bruised and his wounded wrists showed handcuff marks, and he had four gunshot wounds in the chest and one in the right arm. ?We will go to the Department of Justice to file murder charges. He was killed mercilessly,? Acosta said. ?He was handcuffed, so how could he fight back?? Oscar Albayalde, Metro Manila police chief, promised to investigate the killing of Arnaiz.
  8. Denis Shapovalov of Canada MONTREAL: Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov shocked top seeded Rafael Nadal to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Montreal Masters tournament, spoiling the Spaniard´s chances of returning to world number one. The 18-year-old Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to get into the tournament, continued his giant killing form at the hardcourt tournament by rallying to beat Nadal in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) on Thursday. Nadal would have returned to No. 1 in the world if he had defeated Shapovalov Thursday, and then Chung Hyeon or Adrian Mannarino on Friday. Shapovalov´s stunning upset against the reigning French Open champion came as a result of some inspired tennis in front of a boisterous home crowd who cheered his every shot. Shapovalov had just three wins this season coming into the tournament. He quickly got on a roll in Montreal beating Brazil´s Rogerio Dutra Silva in the opening round 4-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4. He defeated former US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (7/4) to set up the showdown with Nadal. Shapovalov won seven of the final eight points of the third set tiebreaker before closing out the match with a forehand winner down the line. He celebrated by falling onto his back then covering his face with his hands. Shapovalov blasted a total of nine aces, including ones on his second serve that handcuffed Nadal. He also had seven double faults and won 67 percent of his first serve points. Nadal won 77 percent of his first serve points but had just two aces and six double faults in the two hour, 45 minute center court match. Nadal's chances of returning to number one have been spoiled Elsewhere on Thursday, Roger Federer maintained his career-long winning streak over David Ferrer to advance to the quarter-finals after a three-set battle with the veteran Spaniard. Federer, 36, had never lost in 16 previous meetings with the 35-year-old Ferrer, whom he first defeated 14 years ago at the Vienna Indoor tournament. But while Ferrer managed to take the opening set -- ending Federer´s 32-set streak -- the Swiss ace raised his game to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. "I actually feel really happy because I know I can play a lot better. David can play a lot better, too," Federer said. "We battled, both tried to find a way to win. You know, he had a good start, I had a better finish." Error prone A strangely error-prone Federer was unable to generate his usual fluency early on, and quickly found himself giving away early breaks to trail 4-1 in the first set. Nowhere was Federer´s wayward performance better illustrated than in the seventh game, when he squandered three break points at 0-40 to allow Ferrer to take a 5-2 lead. Federer held for 5-3 and looked to have clawed his way back into the set with a break of Ferrer´s serve in the next game to make it 5-4. But Federer was struggling again as he served to level the set, finding himself a set point down. He saved the first with an ace but Ferrer made no mistake with his second set point, converting to take the opener 6-4. Federer responded quickly in the second set, going a break up to lead 3-2 before holding for a 4-2 lead. Federer survived Ferrer scare With Federer slowly improving his first serve, Ferrer was unable to carve out the break opportunities he had found in the first set. The set went with serve as Federer leveled. An early break in the decider put him in control as a weary Ferrer began to tire. Some vintage play at the net helped put Federer 4-2 up with Ferrer seemingly unable to summon a response. The decisive break came in the seventh game, with Ferrer netting a forehand return to leave Federer 5-2 up and serving for the match. Federer promptly went in for the kill, attacking the net and opening up the court to clinch victory with a deft volley. Federer will now play another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the quarter-finals. Bautista Agut defeated France´s Gael Monfils in a gruelling slugfest, winning 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/2). "I hope that this match gives me some better rhythm and confidence against Bautista Agut, who plays actually very similar to David," Federer said.
  9. The women who wear headscarves now have emojis of their own, thanks to a 16-year-old who proposed the idea to Unicode Consortium, a non-profit corporation that reviews and develops new emojis. ?I?m really happy with what it looks like,? 16-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi, who lives in Vienna, told CNN. "I saw so many ideas, different colors and styles but I didn't know what it would finally look like. I'm just so excited because it's finally came out after all the work, all the writing." Although the idea was proposed last year, Apple has only recently accepted it. The digital image was unveiled Monday on World Emoji Day as one from a collection of new emoji characters to be available on Apple devices later this year. Rayouf saw the new emoji for the first time Monday night when a friend sent her a message linking to a BuzzFeed article. "I got the news just like everybody else!" she said. When the idea popped up She first had the idea when she and her friends were creating a group chat on WhatsApp and Rayouf had to emoji to represent her. "The fact that there wasn't an emoji to represent me and the millions of other hijabi women across the world was baffling to me," she said. "I really had no initial idea in my mind of what it was supposed to look like, I just wanted it to be available in different skin tones ? millions of women from different races do wear it." As the idea popped in her mind, she drafted a proposal on her laptop and sent it to Unicode Consortium. And Rayouf did not have to wait for long. She quickly gathered support. A member of the Unicode emoji subcommittee, Jennifer 8. Lee, put Rayouf in touch with Aphee Messer, who worked with the 16-year-old to design the emoji. Although she got immense support for the idea, some people described the emoji as unnecessary and ?part of patriarchal constructs that oppress women?. And reaction on social media since Monday's announcement has been equally mixed. "The hijab is a symbol of oppression," wrote Joeymp on Twitter, replying to a tweet by Apple Chief Executive Officer Timothy Cook. "By including it as an emoji you are showing your support for the oppression of women." Another person tweeted about faith in humanity being restored because of such emojis being introduced. Catering to different communities The Unicode Consortium has dramatically increased the number of official emoji in recent years. It has approved 2,666 emoji as of June, up from 722 just two years ago. It has also made a greater effort to include diverse skin tones, flags and occupations. Rayouf is aware that the emoji is contentious. "It will cause controversy," she said Tuesday. "Some people will try and pervert it, use the emoji in a hurtful way to perpetuate stereotypes. "But overall, I think the Muslim community will benefit from it. Even if only in terms of representation. It's only an emoji. It's not a game changer. But it will make people happy. I hope so." The 16-year-old hopes the image of women wearing headscarves will promote tolerance too. ?It will establish the notion that we are normal people carrying out daily routines just like you," she said last year.
  10. Sometimes, the most impromptu jam session could lead to the creation of unimaginable music. This was the case for Pune-based teen duo, Zephyr and Sayan. One uneventful day at the studio led to the creation of the music producer-vocalist duo's latest track, titled Only You. Better known by their stage name, Zephyrtone, the two who are born and raised in Pune are giving the city some of the best electronic music at the moment. The youngsters who bring to the scene a fresh pair of ears to music and create something unique to themselves, have been performing together since 2015, when their eponymous label came to be. With Sayan's production techniques and Zephyr's vocals, the two have got a good thing going, musically as they create an exceptional soundscape of covers as well as original tracks. © Facebook And their debut EP, titled ‘Shooting Stars' does all the justice to the musicians behind the music. And while their EP has taken the scene by storm, it's their latest release, Only You, that is our latest talking point. Compared to their previous releases which pack high-energy vocal and sets, “Only You” tones it down a few notches. An emotionally driven song, Only You brings about a sense of euphoric melancholy with a vibe that people can connect to easily. It is a simple track which speaks and deals with regular ups and downs that people face in a relationship and can relate to with their own lives. © Zephyrtone You can watch the video here: The music video for the track has already crossed 1.5 million views and over 10,000 shares on their Facebook page. To add to that, the Magnetiax Crew, the Semi-Finalist dance group from India's Got Talent went ahead and conjured a cool dance choreography for the song and it's worth a watch! We can't wait to see what these two have stored up their sleeves for their listeners in the near future.
  11. An undated handout picture ? received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on July 3, 2017 ? shows Haroon Ali Syed, the British teenage militant who was jailed for a minimum of 16 years for plotting a bomb attack at an Elton John concert in London on the 9/11 anniversary. AFP Photo/Metropolitan Police A British teenager who planned to attack an Elton John concert in London on the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks was jailed for life on Monday. Haroon Syed, 19, from West London, pleaded guilty to planning a terrorist attack between April and September 2016 and has been ordered to serve at least 16 1/2 years. Syed admitted researching potential targets on the internet, including an Elton John concert in Hyde Park and Oxford Street, a busy shopping district. "Haroon Syed is clearly a danger to the public who was prepared to carry out indiscriminate attacks against innocent people," said Deb Walsh, deputy head of the Counter Terrorism Division. Syed used the internet to try and get weapons to use in a possible attack and used social media to contact people he believed were like-minded supporters of Daesh. In one message he wrote, "So after some damage with machine gun then do itishadi (martyrdom)... that's what im planning to do." He applied for loans totalling 8,000 pounds ($10,362.40), which he said were for a motorbike, a wedding and home improvements, but prosecutors allege were to fund the attack. The loan requests were turned down. Britain has seen a rise in militant attacks in 2017, including a bombing in May at a concert by the US pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester that killed 22.
  12. An arm patch of the Chicago Police Department is visible in this image taken as a screengrab from Reuters' video. CHICAGO: Three current and former Chicago police officers were indicted on Tuesday on felony charges of conspiring to cover up the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer, prosecutors said. The indictments stem from a 2014 incident, in which Laquan McDonald, 17, was shot to death. A video of the shooting, released in 2015, sparked days of protests and thrust Chicago into a national debate over the use of excessive force by police against minorities. Detective David March and officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney were each charged with conspiracy, official misconduct, and obstruction of justice, special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said. "The indictment makes clear that these defendants did more than merely obey an unofficial 'code of silence,' rather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth," Holmes said in a statement. A police union spokesman declined to comment. It was not immediately known if March, Walsh, and Gaffney had hired attorneys. A lawyer for the McDonald family did not immediately respond to a request for comment. All three officers were on scene the night of the shooting, Holmes told reporters. Chicago police representatives said Walsh and March are no longer with the force and that Gaffney will be suspended without pay. The three officers conspired to conceal the true facts surrounding McDonald's killing in order to protect their fellow officer from criminal investigation and prosecution, the indictment said. They lied about what happened and mischaracterized the video recordings, which they knew would lead to a criminal investigation and likely criminal charges, it said. Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer accused of murder in the McDonald shooting, was charged in March with 16 new counts of aggravated battery. Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to the 16 counts. He pleaded not guilty to murder in 2015 and is awaiting trial. When asked if others might face charges, Holmes said the matter is still being investigated. March, 58, and Walsh, 48, were police veterans of more than 30 years and about 20 years, respectively. Gaffney, 43, has about 20 years in the department. All are expected to be arraigned on July 10. Chicago police last month finalised stricter limits on when officers can use firearms and other force, the latest attempt to reform a department roiled by misconduct and criticism in the wake of McDonald's death.
  13. Photo: File Indian police Saturday said one person has been arrested after a mob stabbed a Muslim teenager to death on suspicion of carrying beef, an offence in many parts of the Hindu-majority country. Cows are revered by Hindus and slaughtering them as well as possession or consumption of beef is banned in most Indian states, with some imposing life sentences for breaking the law. Junaid Khan, 15, was travelling from New Delhi on Friday with three of his brothers when a fight erupted over seats. Between 15 and 20 men pulled out knives and set upon the brothers while making anti-Muslim comments and insisting one of the packets they were carrying contained beef. While Khan was stabbed to death, his brother Shakir sustained injuries on the throat, chest and hands, police said. "The fight started over seats. We are looking into the matter and we have arrested one of the accused who is a 35-year-old old man from (northern state of) Haryana," Ajay Kumar, a government railway police official told AFP. Khan´s brother Hassem told reporters the mob ignored their repeated pleas that they were not carrying any beef. "They were pointing at a packet which had food and saying we should not be allowed to sit since we were carrying beef," Haseem said. The incident is the latest such attack by Hindu vigilantes in India, where there have been a spate of assaults against Muslims and low-caste Dalits. In the last two years, nearly a dozen Muslim men have been killed across the country on suspicion of eating beef or smuggling cows. Critics say vigilantes have been emboldened by the election in 2014 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. Last year Modi criticised the cow protection vigilantes and urged a crackdown against groups using religion as a cover for committing crimes.
  14. Bollywood powerhouse performer Deepika Padukone is having a lucky year. First making a transition to Hollywood, the actress has now received a nomination for Action Movie Actress for her film ?xXx: Return of Xander Cage?. The actress would be fighting for the Teen Choice Award along with none other than ?Wonder Woman?, Gal Gadot. Other nominees are Michelle Rodriguez for ?The Fate of The Furious?, Kaya Scodelario for ?Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales? and costars Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose. The award ceremony would be held on August 13 in Los Angeles. ?
  15. VIRGINIA: A 17-year-old American Muslim girl was beaten and abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia on Sunday by a man who police later arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said. The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque about 30 miles outside Washington in observance of the last 10 days of Ramadan. The attack happened early on Sunday after the victim and several friends walking outside the mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement. At one point, the motorist got out of his car and assaulted the girl, police said. The teen was reported missing by her friends who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards, touching off an hours-long search by authorities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. At around 3pm, the remains of a female believed to be the teen victim were found in a pond in Sterling, police said. During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist "driving suspiciously in the area" and arrested the driver, later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22. Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death, the Fairfax County Police Department said. A police spokeswoman told reporters the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities had not ruled out hate as a motivation for the attack. The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57 percent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month. While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump's stunning rise in last year's presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump's focus on militant groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric. In an incident in London on Monday, a van ploughed into worshippers leaving a mosque, killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain's largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia. Isra Chaker, a person who said in a Facebook post that she was close to a family friend of the victim in the Virginia incident, said the driver came out with a baseball bat and began swinging it at the girls, Chaker said. "She then went missing (presumably kidnapped/moved by the suspect) and was found dead this afternoon," Chaker said. An online fundraiser for the girl's family had raised $61,606 by Sunday evening. Police said a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the victim's identity and cause of death, though detectives believe the body found in the pond was the missing girl.
  16. Graduation day is a very special day in a student's life and everybody tries to make it special in their own ways. But, this teen did something which not only made her graduation day special but also made it memorable for life. Madeleine Tarin honoured her parents in the cutest way by recreating a photo close to her family's heart. Tarin was by her parents' side as her mom graduated from high school in 2000, and can be seen proudly celebrating her mom's accomplishment while sitting on her dad's shoulders in a family photo. "I've always had this photo framed in my room and I believe this photo was unique to me and represented who I am," Tarin said. "I also found it pretty cool that I was at my mom's graduation with her." Tarin added. So, 17 years later at her own graduation from Chino Hills High School, Madeleine had the idea to recreate the photo in honor of her parents' hard work, and the result is pretty adorable.
  17. A tweet by US teen has left behind Ellen DeGeneres’ famous group selfie tweet, getting the most retweets in the world. “Yo @Wendy’s how many tweets for a year of free chicken nuggets,” tweeted Carter Wilkerson from the state of Nevada. Wendy’s a US fast food company, replied 18 million—surely in jest. Little did they know the tweet will not only reach the limit but also exceed it. Although the fast food chain had said it would take 18 million retweets for the 16-year-old to receive a year of free chicken nuggets, they immediately promised a year of free nuggets. The teen’s accomplishment was also acknowledged by The Guinness Book of World Records in a tweet. The record was previously held by the 2014 Oscars selfie tweeted by Degeneres, which had gone viral and inspired various similar group-selfies around the world. If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
  18. High school athletes with access to a certified athletic trainer are more knowledgeable about concussions and their consequences, but that doesn’t make them more likely to report a concussion, a US study finds. “The underreporting of concussions is estimated to be high, and the No. 1 reason athletes do not report a concussion is because they do not want to lose playing time,” lead study author Jessica Wallace of Youngstown State University in Ohio said by email. Although experts estimate that athletic trainers are present in 86 percent of US high schools, only about 37 percent of high schools employ one full-time. In high schools with no athletic trainer, athletes are five times more likely to not report concussion symptoms because they didn’t know they had a concussion, Wallace told Reuters Health. Sports-related concussions account for about 4 percent to 9 percent of high school injuries and have symptoms such as headaches, confusion, nausea, amnesia and trouble sleeping. “This study sheds light on the multiple reasons why student-athletes may not report a concussion, including not thinking the injury was serious enough to require medical attention or not wanting to let the team down,” Wallace said. She and her colleagues surveyed 715 student athletes ages 13 to 19, including 438 students who had access to an athletic trainer. Athletes answered 83 questions about their own concussion history, concussion knowledge, responses in specific scenarios, signs and symptoms of a concussion and reasons why an athlete would not report a concussion. Overall, 55 percent of high school athletes underreported concussions. Eighty-seven percent of athletes from schools without athletic trainers understood the dangers of concussions, as compared to 94 percent from the schools with athletic trainers. Similarly, 61 percent of athletes from schools without athletic trainers understood the signs and symptoms of a concussion, compared to 78 percent from the schools with athletic trainers. Overall, in the schools without athletic trainers, 16 percent more athletes thought they could continue playing if they believed they had a concussion and 12 percent more athletes thought they could continue playing with concussion symptoms. This knowledge gap is prominent and should be addressed, the study authors write in a special concussion-themed issue of the Journal of Athletic Training. “The athletic trainer serves a vital role in the health and safety of high-school athletes,” Wallace said. “One of the athletic trainer’s responsibilities is to help educate athletes, coaches and parents about concussions that appear to be happening within high schools.” At the same time, access to an athletic trainer wasn’t linked to a higher proportion of concussions being reported, the study found. In the survey, about 46 percent of the students said they had experienced a potential concussion during play and only 21 percent had reported it to an authority figure at the time. About 19 percent of these incidents were reported in schools without athletic trainers, compared to 25 percent in schools with athletic trainers, a difference too small to rule out the possibility it was due to chance. “This multifaceted issue includes many reasons why students may choose not to disclose an injury, including knowledge, intention and attitude,” said Johna Register-Mihalik of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who developed the concussion survey used in the current study but was not part of the study team.One limitation of the study is that the students came from 14 schools in two Michigan metro areas and participated in football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, soccer or cheerleading, which may limit how broadly the results can be generalized, the authors note. The Michigan students received state-mandated concussion education based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HEADS UP program. Wallace and colleagues recommend that this or a similar education program be used to target schools without an athletic trainer in order to talk about the signs, symptoms and dangers of concussion. “Improving concussion protocol will extend into other issues with student athletes, such as lack of mental health disclosure and allowing play when athletes are injured or sick,” Register-Mihalik said. “Involving parents, coaches and students can create a safe playing environment.”
  19. Even though Nirvana didn’t put out a lot of music, they still have so many incredible songs. Their entire discography is made up of three studio albums, a couple live records and a handful of Eps and obviously that includes the iconic ‘Nevermind’, that revolutionized music. The band’s sound was basically rock mixed with punk, that led to the ‘grunge’ revolution. These are our top picks, and yes ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is really good, but it’s too overrated and honestly, Nirvana has a lot of better songs. Check out pick for the 15 best tunes by them below:- 1. Lithium – Nevermind 2. Heart-Shaped Box – In Utero 3. The Man Who Sold The World 4. Come As You Are – Nevermind 5. About A Girl – Bleach 6. Rape Me – In Utero 7. Polly – Nevermind 8. Breed – Nevermind 9. Where Did You Sleep Last Night 10. Lounge Act – Nevermind 11. I Hate Myself And Want To Die – In Utero 12. Something In The Way – Nevermind 13. All Apologies – In Utero 14. In Bloom – Nevermind 15. On A Plain – Nevermind
  20. While applying to the prestigious Stanford University, high school senior Zaid Ahmed took a huge risk. When he was asked “What matters to you, and why?”, the only thing that came to his mind was #BlackLivesMatter. Ahmed, who is a senior at Princeton Day School in Princeton in New Jersey, answered that question by writing #BlackLivesMatter exactly a 100 times. And, seems like it was the best answer he could’ve given, as he got his acceptance letter on Friday. © Instagram "I was actually stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted," Ahmed said in an email. "I didn't think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it's quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability." Ahmed even shared this news on his Twitter, and tweeted both his answer and the acceptance along with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. The tweet already has more than 1,000 Retweets and over 3,000 Likes and been retweeted by members of Campaign Zero, a police reform campaign, and some of its founders, Brittany Packnett and Samuel Sinyangwe. I submitted this answer in my @Stanford application, & yesterday, I was admitted...#BlackLivesMatter — Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) April 1, 2017 "My unapologetic progressivism is a central part of my identity, and I wanted that to be represented adequately in my application," Ahmed said. According to Ahmed, his Islamic faith and his commitment to justice go hand in hand as he believes he wouldn't be practicing his religion correctly if he turned a blind eye to the injustices the black community faces on a daily basis. © Instagram "To me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally, and I honestly can't imagine it being any other way for me," Ahmed said. "Furthermore, it's critical to realize that one-fourth to one-third of the Muslim community in America are black ... and to separate justice for Muslims from justices for the black community is to erase the realities of the plurality of our community."
  21. Rohit Singh, 17, was sitting on his terrace with his cousin when he noticed that the tail of an airplane flying overhead was on fire. He notified his father and they immediately informed the police. Their presence of mind and swiftness ended up saving the lives of 194 passengers that were onboard! © The Indian Express The Bengaluru-bound flight had just taken off from Delhi when these two teenage boys spotted smoke and took action. They contacted the police at 7:40pm and the flight ended up making an emergency landing at 7:47 pm. This extremely quick response by the police and the flight captain ended up saving 194 lives! © Flight It was later discovered that one of the GoAir flight’s engines had failed. All the necessary precautions were taken during the emergency landing with fire safety and ambulances on standby to handle any untoward situation. Well, kudos to these teenagers and their alertness that prevented this incident from turning into a tragedy! Source – The Indian Express