9 months ago​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mepham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mephamby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton want to sign two players from Brentford.According to Sky Sports, boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has scouts checking on Ollie Watkins and Chris Mepham.No bid has been made, while Brentford would want north of £20 million for both of them.Watkins has seven goals this season in 25 games, while Mepham is a central defender who is comfortable on the ball.At only 21, he is seen as a great prospect in the position, while he would compliment the style Hasenhuttl is attempting to instill at the Saints. last_img read more

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LNG Fleets Operating Losses to Hit USD 230 Mn in 2017

first_imgzoom The global LNG shipping fleet will make aggregate operating losses of USD 230 million in 2017 as the spot rates remain under pressure, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Spot rates (East of Suez) for modern LNG vessels averaged USD 33,000 per day in the nine months to September 2017, representing an increase of 5% compared with the same period last year.While current spot rates are enough to cover operating costs of around USD 15,000 per day, they are still below breakeven, which ranges between USD 45,000 and USD 60,000 per day.Shipowners with substantial spot market exposure face continued challenges as Drewry expects pressure on the freight market to continue in 2018 on account of strong fleet growth.However, rates should strengthen from 2019 as fleet growth slows and trade remains strong, the shipping consultancy informed.“Having said that, we maintain our long-term bullish outlook for LNG shipping as fleet growth will slow down to 4% in 2019, from an average annual rate of 10% in 2017 and 2018 and trade growth will remain healthy at around 6.5% a year in 2019 and 2020,” Shresth Sharma, Drewry’s lead LNG shipping analyst, said.Much of this trade demand will be driven by emerging and growing markets, such as Pakistan, Thailand, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Myanmar, which are forecast to have particular potential for imports, according to Drewry.Although the demand potential of each of these individual markets might not be as great as China or India, their combined demand will be a strong driver of future LNG trade.“According to our calculation the combined imports of these five countries would be around 32 million tonnes in 2020, creating demand for between 25 and 30 LNG carriers,” Sharma added.last_img read more

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Outsiders from Bengal cannot get medical seat through management quota WBUHS

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS) has issued a notification saying that medical aspirants applying for undergraduate (UG) medical seats in the state under management quota can secure a seat from the 85 state quota seats if the candidates prove that they have their residence in Bengal.Management quota seats are available in four private medical colleges in the state. Some of the guardians of the medical aspirants have alleged that outside candidates enjoying Domicile B who were denied taking part in the medical counseling under 85 state quota seats will be given preference to occupy the state quota seats following the latest notification issued by the WBUHS on June 29. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe notifications says: “The candidates who are registered for management quota seats may be considered for the state quota seats, if they fulfill the domicile criteria and get successfully verified by providing all necessary original documents as mentioned in the pre-counselling notice on June 21.” The notice further says: “Such candidates must also provide an affidavit in non-judicial stamp paper that they will not participate in any other state quota counseling in the country for 2019-20 academic session.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAshoke Adhikari, a guardian, said that the WBUHS in its earlier notification restricted the entry of outside candidates in the medical counseling in the 85 percent state quota seats. However, the latest notification will again help the outside candidates secure admission in state quota seats. In the previous notification the university categorically mentioned that candidates living in other states and enjoining Domicile B would not be allowed to take part in the counseling, Adhikari said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee earlier announced that no outside candidates would be allowed admission in the state quota seats. Those who are the permanent residents will only be given preference under the state quota. The permanent residents enjoy Domicile A while those staying outside for the past 10 years despite their parents staying here enjoy Domicile B. Dr A K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education said that latest notification will help the outside candidates in securing admission under the state quota. WBUHS must reconsider its decision and introspect on it. Unless, candidates who are the permanent residents of the state would be deprived, he said.last_img read more

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Winnipeg security guard pulls suspected knife on shoplifter at toy store

first_imgWINNIPEG – A holiday shopping trip turned ugly for a Winnipeg grandmother after a security guard pulled what appeared to be a knife on a suspected shoplifter at a toy store.Sandra Houston says she watched the confrontation at a Toys “R” Us store in the city on Tuesday.Houston says the two struggled, hair was pulled and punches were thrown.As she recorded the fight she saw the guard brandish what appeared to be a knife.A store employee then grabbed the alleged weapon from the security guard and put it in a bag as the suspected shoplifter took off.Winnipeg police say they are investigating and the security firm says the guard has been let go.“Emergency Security Management (ESM) condemns the unfortunate incident involving a security guard at a Winnipeg Toys “R” Us on Tuesday, and has terminated the employee following an internal review,” the company said in a statement.“As standard protocol, ESM personnel are not permitted to carry any form of weapon or anything that can be perceived as a weapon.”Toys “R” Us Canada also issued a statement, apologizing to customers who witnessed the fight. (CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

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Indian wrestlers bag 5 medals

first_imgXi’an (China): Indian wrestlers reaped a rich-harvest of five medals in men’s freestyle events but a gold medal eluded them on the second day of the Asian Championships here on Wednesday. All the five wrestlers who competed on Wednesday won a medal each but none could add a gold on the second day after Bajrang Punia clinched a yellow metal in 65kg men’s freestyle on Tuesday. Amit Dhankar and Vicky lost their respective gold medal bouts in the 74kg and 92kg respectively. Rahul Aware (61kg), Deepak Punia (86kg) and Sumit (125kg) swelled the Indian medal tally with a bronze each. With the two silver and three bronze medals on Wednesday, India’s medal tally went up to one gold, three silver and four bronze. Bajrang Punia (65kg) had won a gold on Tuesday while Parveen Rana (79kg) and Satywart Kadian (97kg) had clinched a silver and a bronze respectively. Dhankar, who won a gold in 66kg in the 2013 edition, lost to Daniyar Kaisanov of Kazakhstan 0-5 in the final. “It is a little disappointing to not have got the gold for India once again. This loss will motivate me to strive further and give my very best for the upcoming tournaments and try to secure the Olympic berth at the World Championships later this year,” said Dhankar after his bout. The 28-year-old Haryana wrestler began with a narrow 2-1 win in qualification round against Mohammad Ashghar Nokhodilarimi of Iran and then hardly broke a sweat in the quarterfinals as his opponent — Japan’s Yuhi Fujinami — was injured. In the semi-finals, Dhankar outplayed Ilgiz Dzhakypbekov of Kyrgyzstan in a 5-0 victory. Vicky got a walkover in the quarter-finals as his opponent — Muhammad Inam of Pakistan — did not turn up for the bout. In the semifinals, he had a narrow 3-2 win over Xiao Sun of China. But in the gold medal bout, Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani of Iran was too good for Vicky and the Indian was completely outplayed in a 0-11 Victory by Technical Superiority verdict. “I wish I could have changed the score but my opponent was unfortunately too good. I hope to put in hard yards at training and make India proud in the next few tournaments coming up,” said Vicky on his silver medal. Aware, who won a 57kg gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, produced a dominant display to beat Jincheol Kim of Korea 9-2 in the men’s 61kg freestyle bronze medal play-off. After beating Jahongirmirza Turobov of Uzbekistan by technical superiority (10-0) in the qualification round, the 27-year-old Indian lost to Behnam Eshagh Ehsanpoor of Iran in the quarter-finals in a Victory by Fall verdict.last_img read more

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Amazon starts collecting sales tax from Alaska residents

KODIAK, Alaska — Amazon has started charging for city sales taxes on certain products in Alaska following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that struck down a previous online tax standard.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that Kodiak residents who inquired with the company about the new 7 per cent tax received a message stating that Amazon will be “collecting local tax on all orders delivered to destinations within Alaska.”Amazon did not immediately respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.Susan Smith, Kodiak’s sales tax representative, says the city has not taken any action to implement the tax and is investigating what to do next.Alaska Municipal League Executive Director Nils Andreassen says the tax has hit cities across the state, including Juneau, Bethel and Sitka.___Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.comThe Associated Press read more

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Pinterest reports smaller 1Q loss but guidance drags stock

SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest, fresh off its initial public offering, posted a loss for the first three months of the year that was larger than analysts were expecting, though revenue was slightly stronger. Its revenue outlook, though, was below expectations and its shares slumped in after-hours trading.The company, which runs a digital pinboard and shopping tool, said Thursday that its net loss was $41.4 million, or 33 cents per share, in the January-March period. It says revenue grew 54% to $202 million from $131 million. The quarter’s adjusted loss was 32 cents per share.Analysts had expected a loss of 11 cents per share on revenue of $200.7 million according to FactSet.People use Pinterest to search for and collect, or “pin,” ideas for weddings, home decor, recipes, fashion and other categories.The Associated Press read more

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UN appeals to aid more than 1 million African flood victims fall

25 September 2007Despite urgent appeals United Nations agencies are facing a huge shortfall in funding to help well over a million flood victims across a wide swath of sub-Saharan Africa, from Ghana in the West to Ethiopia in the east, as they face food shortages, loss of crops and even the dangers of landmines from recent conflicts dislodged by the raging waters. Of nearly $85 million sought recently for just Uganda and Sudan, only about $1 million has been forthcoming. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) voiced deep concern over the situation of some 300,000 people in northern Uganda, the vast majority of them women and children, hit by the worst floods the country has known in decades.The impact has been exacerbated by the conflict with rebels in the north and the fact that most families are experiencing displacement for the second time, UNICEF spokesperson Veronique Taveau told a news briefing in Geneva.Some 200,000 people are estimated to be in need of emergency shelter, and an emergency vaccination campaign as well as the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets is already under way to try and head off a malaria outbreak. UNICEF is urgently appealing for $7.2 million to continue its aid programme for the most vulnerable, women and children. UN World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Christiane Berthiaume told the briefing that despite transportation difficulties, the agency had already managed to distribute 1,051 tons of food to 64,328 people in Uganda, either by truck or helicopter. With more rains forecast for October, WFP sees no alternative to airlifting food to some locations. Ms. Berthiaume repeated the appeal the agency made last week for $64.4 million to feed not only the 300,000 flood victims, but also the 1.4 million refugees and displaced persons in Uganda. So far, no funds had been received for this operation.UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs said that in West Africa, as of today, some 609,000 persons had been affected by flooding in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.In Niger, OCHA’s greatest concern is the fact that the heavy rains have displaced landmines, and the risk of hitting them at any time and in any place is very high, Ms. Byrs warned. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is to make a rapid preliminary assessment of the landmine risk.WFP, the Red Cross and the Government have provided over 1,000 metric tons of food for the nearly 50,000 flood victims in Niger, but while food aid has been assured for current and arising needs, there is a need for blankets and mosquito nets. In Ethiopia, new flooding has been reported since the first week of September, Ms. Byrs said. Nationwide, 226,000 people are estimated to have been affected, some 5,630 hectares of crops have been destroyed and grazing lands have been inundated. The risk of additional flooding and displacement is high in the flood-prone areas as the water level is rising daily, she warned. In Sudan, Ms. Berthiaume said WFP would be dropping food supplies to nearly 44,000 flood victims in three states in the south that were inaccessible by road. That was in addition to the food WFP has been distributing to 90,000 flood victims in other areas in the south and east.Distribution of food to the Lakes, Jonglei and Upper Nile states is to begin in October and continue for one month. There are plans to airdrop 1,400 tons of food and ferry another 264 tons down the Nile.The floods in Sudan, which have killed 113 people, have affected nearly half a million others, and 200,000 people are now without shelter. An inter-agency appeal for $20.2 million for flood victims in Sudan was launched in mid-August but has so far received only $1 million. read more

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New Governor of CBSL receives appointment letter from President

Educated at the Royal College, Colombo and at Harrow School in England, he gained his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University and obtained his Doctorate at the University of Sussex. Joining the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in 1973 he served in the Economic Research, Statistics and Bank Supervision Divisions as a staff officer till 1989. From 1981 to 1989 he was seconded to the Ministry of Finance and Planning.Thereafter he worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1990–2008, holding the posts of Director, Economic Affairs Division and Deputy-Director, Secretary-General’s Office and was brought back to the Commonwealth Secretariat to head the Social Transformation Programme Division, as Interim Director. (Colombo Gazette) Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy received his appointment letter as the new Governor of the Central Bank from President Maithripala Sirisena, this morning at the President’s residence.The President decided to appoint Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the new Governor of the Central Bank last Saturday after a discussion with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Dr. Coomaraswamy was the former Director, Economic Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat. read more

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RIAA Up in Arms Over Music Domain

first_imgThe Recording Industry Association of America has a new enemy. The organization, which has a long history of reacting, pre-acting, and overacting to the threat of piracy, has some stern words for ICANN’s (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers–the organization that controls top-level domains) new .Music TLD proposal.The RIAA is worried that such a domain might become a breeding ground for music piracy. The organization wrote a letter to ICANN, in hopes that it would help “ensure best practices are developed” around the proposed domain.“We strongly urge you to take these concerns seriously,” wrote RIAA lawyer Victoria Sheckler. “We prefer a practical solution to these issues, and hope to avoid the need to escalate the issue further.” Sheckler and co. don’t really detail what “escalation” might entail, but it will no doubt involve a whole lot of letter writing.The RIAA’s complaints largely revolve around the organization’s inability to monitor and “take action” against potential piracy. “By sharply curtailing the transparency requirement, ICANN has effectively blocked out ability to use this information to assess when or how to comment on the fitness of the applicant or the sufficiency of safeguards against malicious conduct, leaving us, and the rest of the public in the dark.”I know it’s legalese, but man, there’s something creepy about the phrase “the fitness of the applicant,” isn’t there?last_img read more

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De nouvelles preuves de lexistence de lénergie noire

first_imgDe nouvelles preuves de l’existence de l’énergie noirePubliés dans la revue Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, les résultats de deux études complémentaires, réalisées par une équipe internationale d’astronomes, apportent des éléments de preuve de l’existence de la mystérieuse énergie noire, qui constituerait près de 75% de l’Univers.La matière ordinaire – gaz, étoiles, galaxies, planètes et leurs ‘occupants’ – ne représenterait que 4% du cosmos. Le reste serait fait de l’énigmatique ‘matière noire’ (22%), et surtout de la non moins mystérieuse ‘énergie noire’, un concept invoqué pour la première fois dans les années 1990, à partir de l’étude de la luminosité de supernovas (explosions d’étoiles) lointaines. Celle-ci représenterait environ 74% de l’Univers.À lire aussiEspace : Spektr-R, l’unique télescope spacial russe, ne répond plusUtilisant des techniques de pointe, une équipe internationale a réalisé deux types d’observations qui semblent confirmer l’existence de cette matière noire, ainsi que l’accélération de l’expansion de l’Univers – deux notions compatibles avec la théorie d’Einstein concernant la gravité.S’intéressant à plus de 200.000 galaxies, les chercheurs ont pu mesurer une tendance dans la façon dont elles sont distribuées dans l’espace – un modèle appelé “oscillations acoustiques des baryons” – ainsi que la rapidité avec laquelle ces amas de galaxies se sont formés au fil du temps.Ces résultats proviennent d’un projet appelé WiggleZ, qui a débuté en 2006 et s’est terminé cette année. Il a utilisé des données issues du télescope spatial Galaxy Evolution Explorer (Galex) de la NASA, et du télescope anglo-australien situé à Siding Spring Mountain, en Australie.Le 23 mai 2011 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Clark County retail sales increase in third quarter

first_img New automobiles continued to be a high priority for Clark County consumers in the three months ending in September, a big-ticket shopping spree that pushed retail sales to the strongest third-quarter showing since 2007.Clark County’s taxable retail sales increased 6.8 percent to nearly $1.2 billion during the three-month period in 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported Tuesday. The total sales include non-retail sectors such as construction and services.Store-only retail trade rose 8.1 percent to $540.4 million in Clark County sales, helped along by major contributors such as motor vehicle and auto parts sales. The category rose 21.8 percent to $105.1 million.Local auto dealers say they aren’t surprised by the increase as they’re seeing car and truck buyers finally getting around to replacing their well-used vehicles. Before the recession, car buyers typically traded in every 48 to 60 months, said Randy Dickerson, owner of Westlie Ford with operations in Camas and Washougal.The typical buyer has recently held out between one and two years longer than that before trading in, he said.“The overall fleet of people’s cars has gotten older than at any time in history in the United States,” Dickerson said.He added that many dealers also have seen a sales increase in services, such as auto repair.“They’re paying more money on maintenance to make their cars last longer,” Dickerson said.In addition to trading up for newer models, Dickerson sees more customers trading in gas guzzlers for his company’s most fuel-efficient car and truck models. Click to enlarge.last_img read more

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Alaska Air Group To Repurchase Up To 650 MillionWorth Of Stock

first_imgThe Alaska Air Group will buy back up to $650 million of stock, in a move approved by the Board of Directors. The buyback will equal about 10-percent of the company’s current market capitalization and comes on the heels of the current $250-million stock buyback.In a prepared statement, the Chief Financial Officer stressed that the Alaska Air Group will finance the stock repurchases with cash on hand and cash flow from operations. Since 2007, the Alaska Air Group has instigated 8 stock repurchase initiatives at a cost of $519-million. The Board of Directors also approved a quarterly cash dividend of 25-cents per share to be paid on June 4. The Alaska Air Group is the parent company for Alaska Airlines.last_img read more

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TCS Treads Rivals Path Rejigs Toplevel Management

first_imgAdmired for having the most stable management in the domestic IT sector, Tata Consultancy Services’ (TCS) recent changes to top-level management has drawn the attention of industry watchers, who believe the changes to be the company’s strategy to retain talent by promoting a job growth for high level management.The company has long maintained a fixed top-level management until the head of its business process services Abid Ali Neemuchwala moved to Wipro as chief operating officer in March this year.Even though Abid landing at Wipro garnered huge public attention, other executives who had quit the company went unnoticed. Abid, who worked at TCS for about 23 years, was responsible for managing over 12% of the company’s revenues.”With the CEO being quite a long way from retirement you have leaders of similar age moving on to CEO/COO roles as they will never get the chance at TCS. Abid is one such person. They are also moving aside people to allow up-&-comers space to lead and grow,” The Economic Times quoted Peter Bendor-Samuel, CEO at IT outsourcing consultancy Everest, as saying.N Chandrasekaran, who has been serving as the CEO of TCS for the past five years, got his contract extended by another five last year. Apart from the CEO, some other top executives have stayed with the company for decades.Alarmed by the threat of talent leaving the company in the absence of poor prospects for job growth for top-executives, TCS has recently started shuffling the high-level cadre.TCS replaced Vish Iyer, who was the company’s president for Asia Pacific region, with Girish Ramachandran in January. Iyer was promoted to global head for legal and corporate affairs.In another move, TCS appointed J Rajagopal as advisor, who previously was executive vice president and global head for consulting.Krishnan Ramanujam has been given the responsibility of consulting besides being a global head of enterprise solutions.”What new roles will they grow people into? At the mid-level, you can always find new roles, but as the employees get more senior and valuable, and if the top management is stable, there is a natural ceiling,” said a consultant with an outsourcing advisory.By shuffling the top-level, India’s largest IT services provider seems to be following the path of rivals Infosys and Wipro, which have brought major changes to the top-level to drive a transformation in the changing IT landscape.In April, country’s third largest IT services firm Wipro elevated Rishad Premji, eldest son of promoter Azim Premji, to the company board as a full time director, effective from 1 May.Changes are not just limited to top-level as TCS appointed Daniel Praveen as new CEO of its insurance business process outsourcing unit Diligenta in April. The firm has also made Rammohan Gourneni as head of TCS – France.”I think some senior leaders like Abid who want a shot at the brass ring may start looking outside. You could see one or two leaders leave the company for roles elsewhere,” Bendor-Samuel said.last_img read more

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Trump congratulates Erdogan on disputed poll

first_imgDonald TrumpDonald Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him on winning a referendum granting him sweeping new powers that exposed bitter divisions in the country.The White House said they also discussed a US missile strike in Syria and the fight against the Islamic State group.Trump’s congratulations on Monday were in contrast with EU leaders who have been reserved in their reaction to the narrow victory and even his own State Department, which earlier noted concerns expressed by international observers over the “uneven playing field”.Returning in triumph to his presidential palace in Ankara, Erdogan angrily rejected the criticism, telling the monitors: “Know your place.”The referendum was seen as crucial not just for shaping Turkey’s political system but also the future strategic direction of a nation that has been a NATO member since 1952 and a European Union hopeful for half a century.Showing no sign of pulling his punches, Erdogan said Turkey could hold further referendums on its EU bid and re-introducing the death penalty.The “Yes” camp won 51.41 percent in Sunday’s referendum, according to complete results released by election authorities.But the opposition immediately cried foul, claiming a clean vote would have made a difference of several percentage points and handed them victory.The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said they would challenge the results from most ballot boxes due to alleged violations.”There is only one decision to ease the situation in the context of the law — the Supreme Election Board (YSK) should annul the vote,” the Dogan news agency quoted CHP deputy leader Bulent Tezcan as saying.The referendum has no “democratic legitimacy”, HDP spokesman and lawmaker Osman Baydemir told reporters in Ankara.There were protests in Istanbul with a few thousand people crowding the anti-Erdogan Besiktas and Kadikoy districts, blowing whistles and chanting “We are shoulder to shoulder against fascism”.’Unlevel playing field’The opposition had already complained of an unfair campaign that saw the “Yes” backers swamp the airwaves and use billboards across the country in a saturation advertising campaign.International observers agreed the campaign was conducted on an “unlevel playing field” and that the vote count itself was marred by procedural changes that removed key safeguards.”The legal framework… remained inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic referendum,” the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) monitors said in a statement.The Turkish opposition was particularly incensed by a decision by the YSK to allow voting papers without official stamps to be counted, which they said opened the way for fraud.”Late changes in counting procedures removed an important safeguard,” said Cezar Florin Preda, head of the PACE delegation.But Erdogan said Turkey had no intention of paying any attention to the monitors’ report.He added: “This country held the most democratic polls that have never been seen in any other country in the West.”‘End of the dream’Erdogan earlier congratulated cheering supporters at Ankara’s airport for “standing tall” in the face of the “crusader mentality” of the West.Getting back to business as usual, his cabinet swiftly extended by another three months the already nine month state of emergency imposed after last July’s failed coup.There were also signs of a looming crisis with the EU.Erdogan reaffirmed he would now hold talks on reinstating capital punishment — a move that would automatically end Turkey’s EU bid — and would hold a referendum if it did not get enough votes in parliament to become law.German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that if Ankara were to bring back the death penalty, the move would be “synonymous with the end of the European dream”.In an interview in the Bild newspaper to be published Tuesday, he warned Turkey that “joining would not work right now”.Erdogan said Turkey could hold a referendum on the membership bid. “What George, Hans or Helga say does not interest us,” he said, using typical European names.’Big cities say No’Turkey’s new political system is due to come into effect after elections in November 2019, although Erdogan is expected to rapidly rejoin the ruling Justice Development Party (AKP) he founded but had to leave when he became president.It would dispense with the prime minister’s post and centralise the entire executive bureaucracy under the president, giving Erdogan the direct power to appoint ministers.Erdogan’s victory was far tighter than expected, emerging only after several nail-biting hours late Sunday which saw the “No” result dramatically catch up.Turkey’s three largest cities — Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir — all voted “No” although “Yes” prevailed in Erdogan’s Anatolian heartland.last_img read more

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HC benches refuse to hear writ seeking arrest of Rifat killers

first_img.Two High Court benches on Sunday declined to hear a writ petition filed seeking its directives to arrest the killers of Barguna youth Rifat Sharif within 24 hours, reports UNB.Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond who filed the writ said it will be placed before another bench on Monday for hearing.He said the prime accused in the murder case is still at large although four days have elapsed since the brutal murder.Home and law secretaries, inspector general of police and director general of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have been made respondents to the writ petition.Rifat Sharif, 22, was hacked to death by criminals in front of his wife in broad daylight in Barguna district town on Wednesday. The incident was caught on surveillance camera.Rifat’s father Dulal Sharif had filed a case against 12 named and 5-7 unnamed people after the murder.Six people, including two FIR-named accused, have so far been arrested over the murder.Police on Thursday issued red alert at all international airports, river ports and land ports across Bangladesh so that the killers cannot flee the country.last_img read more

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Lt Gov Rutherford Lays Out Ways for Baltimore and State to Work

first_imgBoyd Rutherford, the State’s ninth Lt. Governor and third African-American elected to the position, signaled that 2017 might be the Happy New Year Baltimoreans have needed since the 2015 unrest that shocked the city and nation.Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford says he and the Hogan administration are ready to work with new Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. (Courtesy photo)In an exclusive interview with the AFRO Rutherford said that he and Gov. Larry Hogan are ready to press the reset button with Mayor Catherine Pugh to address a range of issues including the demolition and redevelopment process, education and transportation challenges that have been longstanding points of frustration with Baltimore residents.Moving Forward with Vacant Building Demolition Program“We will accelerate what previous governors tried to do with those vacant properties,” Rutherford said in reference to the state’s major demolition program known as Project C.O.R.E. that announced $16 million in demolition grants for community projects December 9th.Community members like Joyce Smith with Project RENEW (Residents engaged in Neighborhood Empowerment and Wellbeing) remain concerned about community input in the State funded demolition process.“We need to include residents living here who like their neighborhoods with whatever hardships people may see, to bring about neighborhoods change,” Joyce told the AFRO.Rutherford agrees. “It’s up to the City to decide what to do with the property. I don’t necessarily mean City Hall.  I mean the people who City Hall represents will decide what it is they want in those communities,” he said.Transferring Control of Baltimore City Public Schools Back to Baltimore Rutherford projected big changes ahead for Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS).“The Mayor would like to end the partnership and have the city take back control of the schools and I agree with that,” said Rutherford referring to the present system of joint oversight of Baltimore City Public schools by the Governor’s Office and The City of Baltimore.  Currently the Governor and Mayor jointly appoint the City’s Board of School Commissioners who in turn hire and oversee Baltimore City Schools C.E.O. Sonja Santilesis.“The challenge with the partnership is that no one is in control,” Said Rutherford. “I think there should have been an audit of the school system called for years ago,” he said expressing concern over BCPS’s current $129 million deficit.Rutherford is waiting for the City of Baltimore to develop a process to transfer full control of BCPS back into the hands of the Mayor’s office.“We anticipate the City taking full control of schools.  It’s just a matter of how that process unwinds,” Rutherford said.  “There’s a lot of State and local money that doesn’t seem to always reach the classroom, so there’s concern there,” he cautioned.“When [Pugh] takes it over I think it’s smart on her part to call for a full audit.  How do you get yourself in the position of a $129 million shortfall?” Rutherford said.“We need to see what the city’s going to do to address that issue before they come to the State. I think the new Superintendent is trying to get her arms around what’s going on,” he said.Rutherford emphasized that he and the Governor continue to invest in innovative projects like P Tech schools to transform education across the state“We’ve been trying to educate kids the same way for 100 years and we need to bring innovation to the process,” Rutherford said.“Last year we introduced P-Tech Schools at Carver and at Dunbar. The next locations for P-Tech Schools will be Prince Georges, Lower Eastern Shore and Western Maryland.”“Those programs (P-Tech schools) are set up so the kids will be first in line for the skilled jobs that are here today and will be here in the coming years,” Rutherford said.P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is an educational model co-developed by IBM International blending an integrated six-year high school, college and work place skills program. Students graduate with both their high school diploma and a two-year post-secondary degree from an accredited community college.A New Slate for A Baltimore Transportation PlanRutherford is open to new ideas to expand transit options for Baltimoreans, referring to the failed Red Line project championed by Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.“If you are going to come up with a rail system, it should be an integrated system,” Rutherford said of the $2.9 billion rail line project proposed by the Blake administration. Red Line advocates said that the project would allow West Baltimoreans access to jobs on the city’s East side.Rutherford said the proposal offered by Rawlings-Blake did not provide connectivity between the city’s current rail lines. “If you look at D.C.’s metro system, it is an integrated system. Baltimore has a Metro that is on one line and Light Rail system that don’t connect.”“The plan was to run a third system, the Red Line, that wouldn’t connect with either one of those. In my opinion, it doesn’t make any sense.”Working with Mayor Catherine Pugh Rutherford will do all he can to work with current Mayor Catherine Pugh to reset the agenda in areas where city-state cooperation is essential.“I think the relationship with the new mayor is going to be something good. I’ve known her for a number of years and the Governor and she have a good relationship.”“I think we can work together on what the real needs are and come up with solutions that make will sense for everybody,” Rutherford said.last_img read more

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Allwomen cop team to keep an eye on city streets

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has introduced “The Winners”- a special all-women patrolling team to combat and prevent incidents of molestation and eve-teasing in the city.This is the first time in the history of Kolkata Police that such a special team has been set up to ensure safety and security of women.The women police will be patrolling different parts of the city on scooters and they will reach a spot soon after receiving information of any untoward incident. The team of “The Winners” initiated their journey from Lalbazar in presence of Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police and other senior police officers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAll the women police personnel had received their training for the past three months in the Police Training School (PTS). Most importantly, all the women police personnel will be having body-cams like traffic sergeants.The women police will be deployed at different parts of the city. They will be maintaining vigil while patrolling different areas. It will make the “public places safer for women”.The women police will be patrolling on scooters at different locations in different parts of the city. Patrolling in areas including Park Street, Esplanade, Rabindra Sadan crossing, Elgin Road, Gariahat, Shyambazar, Ultadanga and areas around Victoria Memorial Hall, will be carried out on a regular basis. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt may be mentioned that the police have already taken several steps to check incidents of sexual harassment on women. Now, with introduction of “The Winners”, the rate of such incidents will go down further. The women police have been trained in such a way that they are capable of taking prompt action to save a woman from becoming a victim of sexual harassment. In case there is need of any more manpower to tackle a situation, the women police will be contacting the concerned police officers and subsequent steps will be taken.Earlier, it was found that women had to approach traffic sergeants and constables for any kind of help. Now, with introduction of “The Winners”, they can approach an on-duty woman officer and at the same time, will feel comfortable in sharing their problems.It may be recalled that during the training of women police personnel at Police Training School, Kumar had given necessary advice to ensure that they get prepared properly.last_img read more

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Demand for new hostel CMCH students continue agitation for fifth day

first_imgKolkata: Some MBBS students at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) continued their demonstration for the fifth consecutive day, with the demand of a new hostel.The CMCH authorities on Friday categorically mentioned that they will not be able to fulfill the demands of the agitating students. Some of the representatives of the medical students taking part in the agitation met the principal of CMCH and held a prolonged discussion in this regard. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been learnt that senior officials of the CMCH had urged the students to lift the agitation which they turned down. According to the students, the agitation will be continued till the demands are met.The incident, however, had no impact on the health services of the hospital. It may be mentioned that a section of medical students at CMCH continued their demonstration so that their various demands are met, including setting up of a new hostel. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe second, third and fourth year MBBS students of CMCH started a protest agitation inside the hospital campus, demanding a new hostel for them.The move was made after the first year MBBS students were given a new hostel by the CMCH authorities.The students taking part in the agitation alleged that the hostel meant for them is not in a good condition. The hostel rooms are not up to the mark. The students had also submitted a deputation to the CMCH principal on Tuesday, placing their various demands. These students have alleged that the hostel rooms are unhygienic and one cannot stay there for too long. The matter was taken up with the CMCH authorities but they are yet to take any step in this regard.They also said that first year students have got a new hostel, while the second, third and fourth year MBBS students have been deprived.CMCH principal Uchhal Bhadra urged the agitating students to stop the demonstration, which they refused to do. The students also threatened to continue the agitation until anew hostel is being allotted to them.last_img read more

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Live Armed incident police chase HGV fire and other traffic and travel

first_img Watch Next How to download The Sentinel’s new FREE app Click to playTap to play The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, April 3 Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsArmed police incident12:39Lorry carrying hay catches fire08:17Helicopter assisting church07:0919:32Traffic busy around Crewe Green roundaboutA534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 18:27Slow traffic on A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. 18:24Police arrest wanted man on M6Police have just arrested a man wanted in Merseyside on the M6.A North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Van linked to wanted person from Merseyside Police sighted on the M6 J16. Stopped and another one our customers at Eastern Custody. “18:09M6 northbound to shut overnight for three nightsWork is set to start at 10pm tonight. More here.Road closed sign18:05Traffic problem on the A500Traffic problem and heavy traffic on A500 D Road Westbound at A5007 City Road (City Road Interchange). 17:05Slow traffic on M6 northboundVery slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). 16:52Heavy traffic on the A50 in Stoke-on-TrentHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes.16:48Roads continuing to cause delays on A34Slow traffic on A34 Stone Road in both directions around A513 Beaconside / A34, congestion to Whitgreave Lane and on A513 Beaconside to B5066 Sandon Road. In the roadworks area.Roadworks near to the island by The Shire Horse pub causing delays.Congestion is reported to points 1 and 2 due to roadworks at A. (Image: Inrix)16:46A500 busy but movingA500 Queensway Southbound busy but moving before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes.16:40Slow traffic continues on A50 from Derbyshire to StaffordshireQueueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A50 Westbound between Marston Lane (Doveridge) and B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout), congestion on A518 Derby Road to Dove Walk / Dove Fields.Traffic is much slower along this stretch, awaiting further details as to the possible cause. (Image: Inrix)16:31Accident on A52 in Stoke Slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A52 Elenora Street at Copeland Street, congestion to Station Road.Police are on scene. (Image: Inrix)16:07Heavy traffic on A500Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15.15:56Stoke-on-Trent man charged after football derbyThe 30-year-old from Burslem will appear in court later this month following the Crewe Alexandra vs Port Vale game. More here.Cheshire Police’s ‘Big Blue Van’ was out for the operation15:38One lane closed due to accident on M6 Southbound between Stoke-on-Trent and StaffordLane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).Lane three (of three) is closed. (Image: Inrix)15:11Woman dead and man in serious condition following suspected carbon monoxide leakEmergency services were called to Old Penkridge Road in Cannock earlier today. More here.14:58Slow traffic on A50Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A50 Westbound between A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout) and B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout).Traffic is much slower along this stretch, awaiting further details as to the possible cause. 13:18Etruria RoadOne lane is closed and traffic is queuing at due to a broken down car on the A53, Etruria Road westbound between Lanehead Road and the Basford Roundabout. One lane is closed heading away from Hanley towards Pure Gym. Traffic monitoring company INRIX reports an automatic car is stuck in gear.13:01M6 Cheshire northboundOne lane is blocked and traffic is moving slowly because of a broken down vehicle on the M6 northbound in Cheshire. Lane one, of three, is blocked between junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel, and junction 19, Knutsford, in the roadworks area.12:39KEY EVENTArmed police incidentPolice have cordoned off a road in Stoke-on-Trent following an incident. There is one police van blocking the road in New Inn Lane, Hanford, with officers guarding the street while another police car is within the blocked off area. Read more.11:48New Aldi openingDiscount food retailer Aldi has revealed the opening date for its ‘bigger and better’ Stoke-on-Trent store – months ahead of schedule.The German chain knocked down the existing shop, in Brownhills Road, Tunstall, last year to make way for a new branch on the same site. Read more.11:32Crewe trafficTraffic is busy but moving on Crewe Green Road, in Crewe, before the roadworks. 11:14Broken down vehicleOne lane is blocked and traffic is queuing on the M6 southbound between junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel, and junction 17, Crewe. Congestion is backing up to junction 19. Lane one, of three, is blocked in the smart motorway area.10:52M6 congestionTraffic is queuing and heavier than usual on the M6 southbound between junction 17, Sandbach. Congestion is backing up to junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel in the roadworks area.10:30Slow motorway trafficTraffic is moving slowly on the M6 southbound between junction 19, Knutsford, and junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel because a vehicle had broken down. 10:12Burslem car chase (Image: Google Maps)A 27-year-old man remains in police custody following a car chase through Stoke-on-Trent last night that ended in a minor collision. Staffordshire Police officers were initially called to reports of a stolen vehicle at around 11.50pm yesterday (April 2) in Scotia Road, Burslem . Police officers attempted to pull over the driver of the red Vauxhall Astra but ended up pursuing the car through the streets of Stoke-on-Trent. Read more.09:20Cobridge trafficWaterloo Road is busy but moving from the Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley.09:01Motorway repairsAll lanes have now reopened on the M6 southbound in Staffordshire after pot holes were repaired. Lane one, of three, was closed to facilitate emergency repair work that was completed by 8.55am.08:36M6 lane closureOne lane is closed on the M6 southbound between junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent and junction 14, Stafford North. Lane one, of three, is closed to facilitate emergency pot hole repairs but traffic is moving well.08:17KEY EVENTLorry carrying hay catches fireA lorry carrying hay has caught fire on the B5078. (Image: Google Maps)Firefighters have been called to a lorry fire after nine tonnes of hay caught fire on a major route linking Staffordshire and Cheshire.Two engines from Crewe were called to the B5078 in Barthomley, near to junction 16 of the M6, shortly before 7am today (April 3) after a cab and a trailer carrying hay caught fire.Motorists have reported that smoke from the lorry has been drifting onto the M6 and the B5078 has been closed for more than an hour. Read more.07:17TunstallThe A527 Brownhills Road westbound is busy but moving between Pinnox Street and Porthill Bank.center_img Stoke Sentinel app launch Launch video for the Stoke Sentinel app.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/1:15Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:14 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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