Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alex Cobb (0-1) was roughed up in his Orioles debut, giving up eight runs — seven earned — in 3 2/3 innings. He signed a $57-million, 4-year deal as a free agent on March 21 after spending all 11 years of his professional career in Tampa Bay’s organization.“Just a little rusty,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Physically, he’s in good shape. He’s only going to get better. Tough conditions and a really good-hitting club swinging the bat well right now.”Pedro Alvarez had a two-run homer for Baltimore, which has lost four of five.Cobb felt he was ready and gave credit to Boston’s hitters.“We did all we could do,” he said. “There is no replicating this. This is the best team in the world hitting right now, and you’re never going to get ready for that.”ADVERTISEMENT In 118 years, the Red Sox had never reached 10 games over .500 that soon. Only once — in 1918 — had Boston started 11-2.“I’ve been saying it for a while — we’ve been playing good baseball for a while, regardless of spring training,” Cora said. “We’re playing clean and fast and pitching. We’re proud of what they’re doing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Andrew Benintendi had a two-run single and an RBI double, and J.D. Martinez homered for the Red Sox.“Our offense is doing what it’s doing, and our pitching and our defense is consistent. We’re dangerous,” Benintendi said. Raptors win Game 1, beat Wizards behind Ibaka’s 23 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Hector Velazquez (2-0) gave up two runs in five innings. Marcus Walden pitched the final three innings for his first big-league save.The Red Sox started fast as they’ve done frequently this season. They scored three in the first before making an out.Mookie Betts opened with a walk and raced around to score on Benintendi’s double off the Green Monster, sliding ahead of a relay throw.Ramirez then followed with his homer into the Monster seats, making it 3-0.Martinez homered into Baltimore’s bullpen in the third.Boston broke it open and chased Cobb with four more, making it 8-0 in the fourth. Benintendi hit his two-run single. Ramirez added an RBI double and scored on shortstop Manny Machando’s throwing error — his second of the game.“We’re doing everything right and having fun,” Ramirez said.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Showalter said it happened on his last at-bat in Friday’s loss. “If you look at it, it was a little awkward,” he said. … Showalter also said OF Colby Rasmus (strained left hip flexor) likely won’t be ready to come off the DL when he’s eligible this week.Red Sox: Betts bruised his left foot in a collision with catcher Chance Sisco’s left shin guard when he scored in the first. He came out a few innings later. The team said X-rays were negative, but Cora said Betts will likely have Sunday off. … Cora also said LHP Drew Pomeranz, recovering from a strained left forearm flexor since spring training, felt good after his second rehab start on Friday and could return to the rotation Thursday or Friday. Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (0-1, 1.35 ERA) is set to pitch Sunday. He’s given up just three earned runs in his first three starts, but Baltimore has scored only five total on the days he’s pitched.Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 1.06) looks to continue to his strong start, having allowed only two runs in 17 innings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Boston Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez runs on his two-run double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Red Sox rookie manager Alex Cora cracked a smile when asked how he felt when he learned it was the best start in team history.“I just heard it for the first time,” Cora said after Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-3 on Saturday to get to 12-2.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES EAGER TO GORamirez was back in the lineup after missing Friday’s game with a bruised right wrist from getting hit by a pitch a night earlier.“He actually beat me to the ballpark. That’s a good sign,” Cora joked.SWITCH, NO PROBLEMJackie Bradley Jr. usually is Boston’s center fielder. When Betts got hurt, he moved to right and made a headlong diving grab on Adam Jones’ liner.“Just saw it was pretty low and the only way I was going to catch it was if I left my feet,” he said.PICK SIXThe Red Sox have scored six or more runs in six straight games.“We’ve got a lot of sluggers in that lineup,” Cora said.UP NEXT MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments
No-confidence resolution …says Govt, supporters cannot make up rules as they go alongFormer Alliance For Change (AFC) member has labelled arguments that 34 equals a majority in 65 as “absolute rubbish” in wake of Government’s embrace of this reasoning, with a view to having its defeat at a recent No-confidence vote reversed.Appearing on a ‘Straight talk Guyana’ broadcast interview on Saturday was Economist and former AFC member, Sase Singh. Singh noted that the math does not add up in the notion Government seems to be clinging to, adding that The Constitution of Guyana is clear on the matter.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”“There are two key words in that statement of the Constitution,” Singh explained. “One is, shall resign. In law, shall means must resign. And the other key words are a majority of all elected members. The National Assembly of Guyana has 65 elected members. The majority is clearly construed as 33.”Singh pointed out that a total of 33 Members of Parliament voted for the no-confidence motion. Hence, he said, the Government has fallen and must obey the constitution. Asked why a lawyer and seasoned politicians would support an argument that goes against decades of parliamentary practise for votes of division, he explained its genesis.“It’s all an issue where one leading lawyer – and that viewpoint is definitely a minority viewpoint – came forward with a convoluted conclusion that a majority (of 65) is 34. And his interpretation was very confusing.”“It basically says that half of 35 is 32 and a half. And for you to round up, you must round up by a whole, and the only number that should be considered a majority is 34. But that is absolute rubbish. We have to go by precedents. We can’t make it up as we go along. We have to be guided by what history has developed.”Singh pointed out that an absolute majority has always been more than 50 per cent of the voting members, rounded up at the full number. He expressed concern that the Government is attempting to impose its view on the entire nation.“I see this as a cabal that wants to put the interest of their (32) members in the National Assembly, ahead of the interests of the entire nation. This is a reflection of a party that has a history of constitutional gymnastics… the Government has fallen. There is no if’s, no but’s, no half man about it.”“We have the history of the 70’s and the 80’s… the PNC (People’s National Congress), the dominant party in the APNU/AFC, has made it clear in their Sophia declaration that the party is more important than the state. And this feels like the same old PNC, where they believe that their interest is more important than the entire Guyanese nation,” Singh said.On December 21, the no-confidence motion brought by the Parliamentary Opposition –the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger has already committed to following the provisions outlined in the constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, upon his return from Cuba where he departed for treatment.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman, who is also the husband of Government Minister Cathy Hughes. Since then, Government has held on to this explanation like a lifeline.
THE community in Killybegs is in a state of shock and disbelief this evening following the death today of a fish factory worker.The employee died after being trapped in machinery at the Sean Ward Fish Exports company in the Donegal town.An ambulance was summonsed to the scene shortly after 3.20pm. A 21-year-old Donegal man, from 6kms away, was later pronounced dead.Gardai were also there and have informed the Health and Safety Authority as a matter of routine.TD Thomas Pringle, who lives in the fishing village, said the community is coming to terms with the news.“It is an awful shock and of course my sympathies go to the family of this man,” he said. The Ward factory is a well-respected and well-known local employer. COMMUNITY IN SHOCK AFTER MAN DIES IN FISH FACTORY ACCIDENT was last modified: January 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentdonegalfish exportsGardaiKillybegssean ward
Former San Francisco 49ers star running back Frank Gore is selling his Santa Clara, Calif. townhouse for $1.298 million, reports Realtor.com.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 1,894 square-foot three-bedroom, three-bath unit has many fixtures of a modern townhome: hardwood floors, recessed lighting and stainless steel appliances. But it also touts customized features such as a 350 gallon fish tank and an entertainment center with multiple televisions. There is also a remote …
While children play on the merry-go-round,the PlayPump system draws water up intothe storage tank nearby.(Image: PlayPumps International) Former president Nelson Mandela hasendorsed the Hippo roller system.(Image: Changemakers.net) A woman easily pushes the Hippowater roller across the ground.(Image: Changemakers.net)Janine ErasmusAccessing fresh water is a difficulty facing many rural African communities, affecting the health and quality of life of the population. Two South African inventions – the Hippo water roller and the PlayPump® Water System – have largely alleviated this problem by combining simple designs with practical solutions.According to the World Health Organisation, 1.1-billion people have no access to any type of safe source of drinking water. Because of this about 1.6-million people, mostly in developing countries, die every year from water-borne diseases spread through poor sanitation. Of the deaths, 90% are children under the age of five.However, the innovative PlayPump® Water System, which doubles as a merry-go-round and water pump, has brought fresh water to many rural communities, using the energy of children at play. In June 2008 the system was honoured by Reader’s Digest South Africa with a mention on its 60 Best list in the category of Innovations.Simple idea, far-reaching effectsThe PlayPump had its origins in a device exhibited at an agricultural show in KwaZulu-Natal in 1989. There, former advertising executive Trevor Field saw and immediately recognised the potential of the device. Field licensed it from its original inventor, engineer and borehole driller Ronnie Stuiver. With his colleague Paul Ristic, Field established Roundabout Outdoors with the intention of developing a larger system complete with a water storage tank.Ever the advertising ace, Field also envisioned clever usage of the space around the tank to carry health-related messages from stakeholders, thereby funding maintenance of the system and adding to its sustainability. After revising and enhancing the initial design, the partners came up with the concept of the PlayPump® Water System as it is today – a merry-go-round and pump, sealed 2 500-litre storage tank and stand, tap and water run-off, and borehole.The spinning motion of the merry-go-round pumps water from the borehole to the tank, which stands 7m above ground and is covered on four sides by advertising boards. Two sides are given to product advertisement, and the other two sides to messages raising awareness of public health matters.At a rate of 16 revolutions per minute, the pump is able to move 1 400 litres of water from a depth of 40m, says the manufacturer, and can operate at up to 100m. Any excess water is simply returned to the borehole.PlayPump systems are manufactured in Johannesburg, South Africa, and installations are carried out by local crews who are hired and trained especially for the purpose. Installation of the first two systems took place in the remote Masinga district of KwaZulu-Natal in 1994 and three years later 20 communities were benefiting from freshly pumped water and new play areas for children with limited facilities.In 1999 an encounter with former president Nelson Mandela, who attended the opening ceremony of a school with a PlayPump system, drew media attention to the PlayPump project. The system was nominated for a World Bank Development Marketplace Award in 2000, which it won, and the associated exposure and funding allowed Roundabout Outdoors to speed up development and expansion.The company later established a non-governmental organisation in South Africa – now known as Roundabout Water Solutions in its country of origin, and as PlayPumps International, a registered non-profit organisation, in the US.Water for sub-Saharan AfricaPlayPumps International has targeted a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia – as its focus until 2010. To date 1 000 systems have been installed in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia, and plans are in place to expand into Kenya before the end of 2008.Communities do not pay for the pump systems – all installations are donated. The company’s goal is to have 4 000 systems in place by 2010, giving 10-million people access to fresh drinking water. The PlayPump system has received extensive coverage in the international media, having featured recently on National Geographic weekend radio, NBC Nightly News, and PBS Frontline.With millions of people denied a source of clean water, this critical global problem is one that organisations are fighting on a daily basis. Not only are water-related illnesses the leading cause of death around the world, claiming the lives of 6 000 people every day, but people’s efforts to supply themselves with water means many hours are wasted fetching and carrying the resource.PlayPumps International says that over 40-billion hours are lost annually to this chore, which most often falls on women and children. With a PlayPump system in place, children can spend more time in school instead of fetching water over great distances, says the organisation, and women can spend more time with their families or take on income-generating activities.The Hippo water rollerAnother invention that is easing the lives of African communities is the Hippo water roller. This is a barrel-shaped polyethylene container that holds 90 litres of water and is rolled along the ground instead of being carried. A steel roller attached to the drum allows it to be pushed or pulled over bumpy ground.The Hippo roller was developed in South Africa in 1992 by engineers Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker, and since 1998 has been manufactured and distributed by the locally based Imvubu Projects. The manufacturer claims that because the weight of the water is carried on the ground, even children and the elderly can manage a full roller, allowing for collection of five times more water with less effort.Costing about R595 ($75) per unit – therefore well beyond the reach of the people it is intended to help – the Hippo roller is distributed to villages through a funding partnership with the Africa Foundation. More than 27 000 rollers have been distributed throughout Southern Africa since the project was launched.Former president Nelson Mandela has given the project his personal endorsement, appealing to the private and corporate sectors, as well as donors, to actively support it. A US-based non-profit organisation called Water to the People, incorporated specifically for the purpose, raises funds overseas for the distribution of Hippo rollers.As with the PlayPump® Water System, the Hippo roller improves the lives of those who use it, not only because it facilitates access to clean water but also because it alleviates health problems that accumulate through years of carrying heavy water containers on the neck and shoulders for long distances. Pregnant women, for instance, who have to carry water this way and who are often already malnourished, risk damage to the development of their unborn babies.A unique benefit of pushing a Hippo roller that it has the potential to save lives in situations where landmines may be triggered. Demonstrations showed that when a water-filled Hippo roller was pulled over a landmine, it absorbed enough of the blast to prevent hospitalisation of the person operating the roller, although bruising and cuts would still occur. In this way, the loss of limbs and possibly lives can be drastically reduced.Useful linksPlayPumps InternationalHippo water rollerReader’s Digest South AfricaHenry J. Kaiser Family FoundationSave the World With Music – online trivia quiz with proceeds going to PlayPumps InternationalWorld Health OrganisationWater to the People
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea assistant coach Cudicini coy over Cesc exit plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini was coy over Cesc Fabregas’ teary farewell for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.The midfielder is expected to join AS Monaco and appeared emotional when he was substituted late on.Cudicini said, “We don’t know, I personally don’t know. If it was his last game I think it was very good he played in front of his fans and he was able to get a nice reception, but as I said we don’t know so I’m not able to comment. He was captain a few times in pre-season when Cahill and Azpi weren’t there. He’s not the first and won’t be the last to miss a penalty. It’s something I think I have some knowledge on and the keeper did quite well.”What can I say about Cesc? Five-hundred games, a player who is unique in his position, he has unbelievable vision and awareness of where his team-mates are on the pitch. He’s one of the few who has the ability to play that ball for the runs behind the defensive line, so precise and with the right timing. I think he’s one of a kind. He’s been fantastic for teams before us and the contribution he’s given to this club and this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top player.”
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 01: A general view of play between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio Bobcats at Beaver Stadium on September 1, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)One of the top college sports administrators in the country, Penn State vice president Sandy Barbour, has overseen the school re-establish itself as a dominant athletic program. But she recently made an announcement that many Penn State fans might not like.Speaking to State College Magazine, the 59-year-old Barbour revealed that she intends to retire when her current contract with the school runs out. Barbour’s contract currently runs through 2023, and reportedly pays upwards of $1,269,000 per year.Over the past five years, Barbour has overseen some incredible success for Penn State’s athletic programs. The school has won multiple national titles and Big Ten conference titles during her tenure.Among the many accomplishments was the Nittany Lions football team’s return to the top of the Big Ten mountain. In 2016 the school won the Big Ten title for the first time since 2009 in a 38-31 win over Wisconsin.That same year, the Nittany Lions earned Big Ten titles in wrestling, women’s soccer, and track & field. The strong season for Penn State athletics earned Barbour athletic director of the year honors by the NACDA.Barbour also owns the distinction of being the first woman hired as athletic director in Penn State’s history.Prior to joining the Nittany Lions in 2014, Barbour served the previous 10 years as athletic director of the UCLA Bruins.She oversaw the Bruins win national championships in baseball, golf, tennis, volleyball, water polo, gymnastics, and softball from 2004 to 2014.
Press Trust of India KarachiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 08:36 IST India cricketers wore camouflage caps during the third ODI in Ranchi on Friday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry had earlier accused India of politicising the gentleman’s gamePCB chairman Ehsan Mani said that Pakistan’s stance is very clear that cricket must not be used for politicsIndia cricketers had worn camouflage caps during the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi on FridayThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a strongly worded letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC), calling for action against India for wearing camouflage military caps during the third ODI against Australia.”We have made our point very strongly to the ICC which now has no doubts or confusion about our intention or stance now on this matter,” Mani told reporters at the National Stadium on Sunday night.”We will be sending another letter to the ICC in next 12 hours after more consultations with our lawyers,” he added.Mani said that Pakistan’s stance is very clear that cricket must not be used for politics.”This is the second that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has tried to use cricket for politics. They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” he said.Last month, BCCI had asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates” following the Pulwama attack where 40 CRPF jawans were killed in a suicide attack, the responsibility of which was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.Recalling the move by India against Pakistan in the ICC and World Cup, Mani said that by indulging in such behaviour for a second time they have hurt their credibility and standing in the cricket world.PCB reminds ICC about Tahir, Ali incidentsMani said they have reminded the ICC about the disciplinary action they took against Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali few years back when the players tried to make a political statement on field.advertisement”We want the ICC to take similar sort of action against the Indians.”As a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulawama terrorist attack, Indian cricketers had sported the Army cap in the third ODI and also donated their match fee for the welfare of the families of the martyrs.However, Pakistan’s foreign and information ministers took exception to the gesture and criticised the Indian team and also urged the PCB to take up the issue with ICC to take punitive action against the Indian players.Also Read | DRS not consistent at all, says Virat Kohli after India fail to defend 358 vs AustraliaAlso Read | Mohali crowd chant Dhoni, Dhoni after Rishabh Pant’s missed chances vs AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow ICCFollow India cricket teamFollow India army capsFollow Ehsan Mani Pakistan Cricket Board writes to ICC for action against India for wearing camouflage capsMani said they have reminded the ICC about the disciplinary action they took against Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali few years back when the players tried to make a political statement on fieldadvertisement
Mumbai: Newly elected BJP MP and 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case accused Pragya Singh Thakur Friday appeared before a special court here. It was Thakur’s first appearance before the NIA court, which is conducting trial in the 11-year-old case, after being elected to Lok Sabha from Bhopal last month. The last time she had shown up in the court was during framing of charges in the case in October last year. Special NIA Judge V S Padalkar last month directed all the accused, including Thakur, to appear before the court at least once a week. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The judge then said an exemption from appearance would be granted only if cogent reasons were submitted. On Monday, the special court rejected application of Thakur, who defeated Congress veteran Digvijay Singh from Bhopal, for exemption from appearance in the court this week. The 49-year-old Hindutva activist had sought the exemption for completing formalities relating to her election to Parliament, but the court said her presence is necessary at this stage in the case. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On Thursday, her lawyer Prashant Magoo told the court she is suffering from high blood pressure and is unable to travel to Mumbai from Bhopal. The court granted her exemption for the day and asked her to appear before it Friday. “Today (Thursday), the exemption is granted. But she will have to appear on Friday else she will have to face consequences,” the judge said. Thakur was hospitalised for a stomach ailment in Bhopal Wednesday night and discharged early Thursday, her close aide Upma told PTI. The court is recording the testimony of witnesses in the case. Seven persons, including Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, are facing trial in the case. Six people were killed and over 100 injured when an explosive device strapped to a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a power-loom town in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008. According to police, the motorbike was registered in Thakur’s name and that led to her arrest in 2008. The Bombay High Court granted her bail in 2017. The accused are facing trial under various sections of the UAPA, the Indian Penal Code and the Explosive Substances Act. They have been charged under UAPA sections 16 (committing terrorist act) and 18 (conspiring to commit terrorist act). They are also facing charges under IPC sections 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 153(a) (promoting enmity between two religious groups).
Taroudant, Morocco- Iskander Amien De Vrie, son of prominent Dutch politician Arnoud Van Doorn, who was behind the 2008 anti-Islam film Fitna (sedition), converted to Islam during the Dubai International Peace Convention, held there from April 17-19, 2014, according to Khaleej times.Arnoud Van Doorn, a former Islamophobe, confirmed the news on his official twitter account. My eldest son just reverted to Islam at the Dubai Peace Concention. Great news pic.twitter.com/gu421BJ7Hn— Arnoud van Doorn (@ArnoudvDoorn) April 18, 2014“I saw my father become more peaceful after converting to Islam. That’s when I realised there is something good in this religion and it made me change my perception of Muslims. I started studying the Holy Quran and going through lectures of important scholars,” said Iskander in an interview with Khaleej Times. “I bear witness that there is no God to be worshipped but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his worshipper and last messenger,” Iskander recited “A-Shahadah” before his father and other Muslim scholars in a video posted on YouTube on April 18.The Shahada is the basic statement of the Islamic faith that any person has to recite wholeheartedly in order to become a Muslim.The same source said that Iskander Amien De Vrie was one of “the 37 people who converted to Islam during the convention.”The formerly anti-Islamic film-distributer Arnoud Van Doorn converted to Islam in 2013 and performed the Hajj, the fifth and final pillar of Islam.The same source added that “Arnoud is now calling on people to support his Islamic Foundation, the European Dawah Foundation, which is fighting Islamophobia in Europe.”Roughly 17 minutes in length, the short film, produced in 2008, in which Quran verses are shown alongside images from terrorist attacks in an attempt to demonstrate that the Muslims’ holy book motivates its followers to hate none Muslims, caused uproar.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed