Ranieri warning for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool must be cautious against a Roma side that are capable of defeating the likes of Barcelona in the Champions League, warns Claudio RanieriJurgen Klopp’s side will be hosting the Giallorossi at Anfield for the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Champions League with both clubs aiming for a place in the final of the competition at Kiev against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.Liverpool impressed many pundits with their convincing 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the competition, while Roma left the football world stunned with their shocking comeback win against Barcelona secured them their first semi-final appearance in the Champions League since the 1983/84 season.Ranieri, who is renown for guiding Leicester City to a shock Premier League title victory in 2016, told Gazzetta dello Sport that he believes that Roma will prove themselves to be a difficult challenge for Liverpool.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“As a manager I never think I can face defeat before I play. [Eusebio] Di Francesco [the current Roma manager] will study Liverpool.” said Ranieri, according to The Sport Review.“They are not beaten yet, the Roma side that we admired against Barcelona can make it.“The Reds are spectacular but away from home they aren’t always solid.”last_img read more

Alves reacts to losing Messi assist record

first_imgDani Alves is not happy about no longer being the player who provided Lionel Messi with the most assists in La LigaThe Brazilian’s record tally of 26 assists for the Barcelona star was overtaken by Luis Suarez in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Valencia.After Ezequiel Garay had put Valencia in the lead, Suarez traded passes with Messi before the Argentine then scored a 32-minute equaliser for Barcelona from 20 yards.Until then, nobody had provided Messi with more goals at Barcelona than Alves.Reacting to the news on Twitter, Alves seemed to take it in good humour by saying: “Nooooooo!!!” and including two tears of joy emojis.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Alves ended an eight-year spell with Barcelona in 2016 to sign for Juventus and now plays his club football at Paris Saint-Germain.Nooooooo!!! 😂 😂 https://t.co/qLt9JMlTp3— Daniel Alves (@DaniAlvesD2) October 9, 2018last_img read more

Robertson praises David Bates ahead of debut

first_imgScotland’s Andrew Robertson has heaped praises on David Bates ahead of his international debut with the team.The Hamburg defender is set to win his first cap in the heart of the Scotland defence, thanks to a large number of withdrawals from the team.Robertson has been impressed by the former Rangers Football Club defender, saying:“You don’t quite know how it will go on your debut but I think David can stand up and be counted,” he said according to Dail Mail.“He’s been really good in training. I remember watching him at Rangers and he’s come on a lot since he made the move to Hamburg.”“It’s up to the manager if he starts or not but, if he does, the more experienced lads will help him out and be positive.”Scotland’s Robertson hopes for a positive result against Belgium Manuel R. Medina – September 7, 2019 Scotland was defeated at home 2-1 by Russia in yesterday’s 2020 European Championship qualifiers, and the team is almost out of the race for a spot at the Euros.“Yes, it will be an inexperienced 11 due to circumstances, but I have confidence in the lads.”“Callum Paterson’s been doing well in the Premier League with Cardiff City and Ryan Fraser has the most assists in that league (with Bournemouth). The Celtic boys are all coming into international duty on a high.”“It can be hard to bring your own individual form from a club into a new team at international level but that’s what we’re aiming to do. Hopefull,y we can get the right result.”Meanwhile, Robertson admits the withdrawals have impacted Scotland’s preparation for UEFA Nations League games against Albania and Israel.“Of course it’s been a bit disruptive but we always plan with different team set-ups, and people are 100 per cent concentrated on what they are doing. These things happen and people will need to step up.”“We have to think that people will react well in adversity. I’m sure that will happen in Albania.”last_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1pm-7pm: Wilmington Friendship (Masonic) Lodge (32 Church Street)Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10am-3pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10am-3pm: St. Thomas/Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

PHOTOS Wilmingtons Boy Scout Troop 136 Holds Car Wash Fundraiser For McLaren Family

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Boy Scouts Troop 136 To Hold Car Wash On September 8 To Benefit McLaren Family Following TragedyIn “Community”Cub Scout Pack 136 Announce Pumpkin Sale, Haunted Trail Walk & Haunted House FundraisersIn “Community”Wilmington Boy Scouts To Hold Car Wash On May 19In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 held a Car Wash fundraiser on Saturday, September at the Friendship Lodge.All proceeds benefited the McLaren family of Wilmington. On July 30, Tom McLaren was injured in a motorcycle accident on his way to work on Route 128. He remains hospitalized with serious injuries. Tom’s family includes his wife Wanda, and his two children, Leila and David. David is a member of Troop 136.For those who were out of town and unable to attend, a GoFundMe was set up by friends of the family at http://www.gofundme.com/support-for-the-mclaren-family. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the family for living and medical expenses.Below are photos of the event, from Dick Searfoss, posted on the Friendship Lodge’s website:last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Jared Marquard Named To Deans List At Coastal Carolina University

first_imgCONWAY, SC — More than 2,000 Coastal Carolina University students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. That’s nearly 20 percent of the student body with a grade point average between 3.5-3.99 for the spring semester.Jared W. Marquard, a Recreation and Sport Management major from Wilmington, made the cut.About Coastal Carolina UniversityCoastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 73 major fields of study. Among CCU’s 25 graduate-level programs are 21 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the doctorates in education and marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.More than 10,600 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations.Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Coastal Carolina University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Patrick Dunfey Named To Dean’s List At Coastal Carolina UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Scott Falzano Named To Dean’s List At Coastal Carolina UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: WIlmington’s Dylan Masiello Wins Student Involvement Award At Coastal Carolina UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

John Boyega teases his most shocking Star Wars set moment

first_img Share your voice Star Wars returns Star Wars Episode 9: Release date, cast, director and theories Mark Hamill just tweeted the best Star Wars Episode IX trailer tease Tags 77 Photos Star Wars TV and Movies 0 Boyega isn’t the only Star Wars cast member willing to tantalize fans with his secret knowledge. Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver told Deadline he was privy to a key clue to the trilogy’s ultimate path. “With Star Wars, I had one piece of information of where it was all going, and that’s where it has been in my head for a long time, and things were building towards that,” he said.Boyega and Driver are keeping the details classified, but it gives fans a fantastic opportunity to speculate about what it all means. You can check out our roundup of Episode 9 rumors right here. Post a comment Boyega posted a close-up look at his hands, which appear to be covered in dirt with a drop of blood oozing out of his left thumb. “The whole team pushed themselves today to achieve something visually crazy,” he says.So what could cause dirty hands and a cut? It could be an epic battle scene of some sort, or some other tense, action-packed moment.   2019 movies to geek out over The final chapter in the latest Star Wars trilogy is cloaked in mystery. We know we’ll be catching up with Rey, BB-8, Finn and Poe, but filming is still underway and the Dec. 20 release date for the J.J. Abrams-directed film is far off. John Boyega, who plays Resistance fighter Finn, knows fans are desperate for information. He delivered an epic teaser to Instagram on Tuesday, writing, “I’ve had many moments of shock on set but not like today and I can’t wait until you know why.”last_img read more

Mutiny in House of Saud King Salman clipping wings of Crown Prince

first_img CIA Concludes Saudi Prince Personally Ordered Jamal Khashoggis Death IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:31Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:31?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Missing journalist Jamal KhashoggiANIRecently US senators accused the kingdom of a series of misdeeds, adding that the Crown Prince has gone “full gangster.”  The US lawmakers — Republicans and Democrats — also slammed the kingdom for the way it handled the civil war in Yemen as well as the series of alleged human rights abuses.”He is reckless, he’s ruthless, he has a penchant for escalation, for taking high risks, confrontational in his foreign policy approach and I think increasingly willing to test the limits of what he can get away with the United States,” Senator Marco Rubio said. Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman said that the Israelis have the right to own their land.ReutersIf reports doing the rounds are true there is a widening rift between Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The enfant terrible of the Al Saud dynasty has had a rather unchecked run so far as ‘King in everything but name’. However, the 33-year-old’s stranglehold on Saudi Arabia is on the wane, multiple reports have said.Prince Mohammad invited worldwide condemnation and infamy after the brutal killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey last year. His role in spearheading the bitter and destructive war on Yemen was also widely criticised. Of late, the Saudi King was also disturbed about the draining of investment from Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the Khashoggi murder. Salman revokes crown prince’s key powersThe Guardian newspaper reported on Monday that King Salman has stripped the crown prince of some crucial powers. The ageing and ailing king made the move after the crown prince stretched his powers as the deputy king thin when his father was on an official visit to Egypt last month, the paper reported. It is extremely rare for a crown prince to use his temporary powers as the deputy king during the monarch’s absence, but MBS moved swiftly to announce key appointments when the king was travelling. He promoted his sister as the kingdom’s envoy to Washington and appointed his brother in the defence ministry. Sources told the British newspaper that both the appointments were done without the king’s approval. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman attends a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony in Putrajaya, Malaysia February 27, 2017. [Representational Image]Reuters fileThe King’s Egypt visit was marred by lurking fears of a possible coup against the ageing monarch. The fears were so palpable that the King removed his security detail midway through the foreign jaunt and brought in a 30-member team of handpicked loyalists from Riyadh.To make matters worse, the all powerful crown prince did not turn up at the airport to welcome back the King. This is an age old custom, the flouting of which sends out signals of grave crisis within the royal household. The crown prince’s absence at the airport was followed by his no-show at key meetings subsequently. The most glaring act of defiance was his absence at a key cabinet meeting presided over by the King. The crown prince was then summoned again for another cabinet meeting in which the king apparently detailed changes in the power structure. However, Prince Mohammad skipped this meeting too, Saudi sources told the paper. The report also lays down instances wherein the crown prince’s absence attracted attention. He did not turn up when important foreign dignitaries from Russia, India, China and Lebanon visited Riyadh. Middle East observers have also pointed out that the crown prince has not made any formal appearance in a fortnight. However, it remains a fact that MBS has remained unseen for longer. Around May last year, the prince’s continued absence at public events had given rise to wild rumours about his death or serious injury. The whole saga started with the shooting down of a drone in Riyadh on April 21 last year, which was interpreted as a coup attempt aimed at the crown prince. When MBS didn’t make any public appearance for weeks on end after this, Iranian media kick-started the death rumours. He is reckless, he’s ruthless, he has a penchant for escalation, for taking high risks, confrontational in his foreign policy approach and I think increasingly willing to test the limits of what he can get away with the United States Close MBS gone ‘full gangster'”At least two bullets have hit bin Salman in April 21 clashes in Riyadh and it is even possible that he is dead,” wrote Iran’s Kayhan newspaper. ‘There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the absence of nearly 30 days of Muhammad bin Sulman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, is due to an incident which is being hidden from the public,’ it claimed. Something that added fuel to the death rumours was the fact that the crown prince gave a miss to important diplomatic events like the high profile visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.last_img read more

Leave supporters cheer out out out

first_imgThe pound dropped below the crucial $1.40 mark amid fears that the UK would vote to leave the European Union. Sterling fell as much as 10% early on Friday, and is on track for its worst one-day fall in history. Trading was at $1.3262, down nearly 9%, as of 5.27am BST.The pound, which had earlier hit a 2016 high as polls suggested the Remain camp would come through in the referendum, fell to lows not seen since 1981. Just before 5am BST, as various agencies began calling the referendum in favour of Leave, the pound slipped further to trade at 1.3322. Stock futures on the FTSE 100, which had ended the previous session up 1.23% were predicted to be down 8% as the vote swung Friday.Its extraordinary, said John Wraith, Head of UK Rates Strategy, UBS Investment Bank, Reuters reported. Shock probably isnt too strong a word. People will come in this morning earlier than usual, so its a skeleton staff right now. But shock was the first reaction. Now its all hands on deck trying to deal with the volatility, he said.Early Friday, the BBC, and other agencies, forecast that the UK had decided to leave the EU based on the analysis of pending undeclared counts.Markets are very nervy at the moment, Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital in London, told Reuters. Its definitely tin hats time. If Leave wins there will be carnage for cable, he said, referring to the sterling/dollar exchange rate.Elsewhere, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo was trading down 6.73% while Hong Kongs Hang Seng was down 4.7% and the Shanghai Composite was down over 1%.Ahead of the EU referendum results, the pound was trading higher at $1.50, amid expectations that the Remain campaign would win. However, after votes in Sunderland and Newcastle swayed towards the Leave campaign, the sterling declined to $1.43. It further fell to $1.41 at about 2am.The pound then dropped below 1.35, a 31-year low, Bloomberg reported. A few traders said that they had not witnessed such dramatic moves since the financial crisis of 2008.Jeremy Cook, chief economist at World First, a UK-based foreign exchange company said, These moves are concerning and bring back pretty painful memories of 2008.The pound didnt have this bad a day [against the dollar] in the global financial crisis and the moves by the bookies to price Leave as the favourite is killing the pound. News from Wales is the most concerning at the moment alongside the London turnout dynamics.Analysts have warned that the drop was amplified by low trading volumes. Jeremy Stretch from CIBC said, Volumes are very low and markets are relatively illiquid. Traders are very jittery, its not just in sterling.last_img read more

What did Sushma Swaraj and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani discuss about cricketer

first_imgREUTERS/Darren OrnitzFormer Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at the age of 67 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. During her tenure as a minister, she was very much active on social media and was always offering help. But, she shares an interesting connection with Afghanistani spinner Rashid Khan. During the 2018 season of IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad faced the Kolkata Knight Riders in a much-awaited clash at the Eden Gardens in the second qualifier of the tournament. The match had a nail-biting finish and Rashid Khan delivered a stand-out performance. The 20-year-old cricketer scored 34 runs off 10 balls and also finished with impressive figures of three wickets for just 19 runs in his quota of four overs.The Afghan all-rounder became the biggest topic of discussion on Twitter that day and there were demands for him to be given Indian citizenship. Then foreign minister Sushma Swaraj took to twitter and made a witty comment.  Rashid Khan.IANS”I have seen all the tweets. Citizenship matters are dealt with by Ministry of Home affairs,” her tweet read.In response to that Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani stated that they were not going to let Rashid go and also appreciated India for giving the Afghani players a platform to perform and prove themselves.”Afghans take absolute pride in our hero, Rashid Khan. I am also thankful to our Indian friends for giving our players a platform to show their skills. Rashid reminds us what’s best about Afghanistan. He remains an asset to the cricketing world. No we are not giving him away,” his tweet read.This was not the first time that Swaraj spoke about Afghanistan’s success in international cricket. Earlier in an interview with the PTI, she praised their efforts.”The fact that Afghanistan attained the status of a Test-playing cricket nation is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the people of Afghanistan to not let the forces of death and destruction prevail,” she told PTI.last_img read more

80 gold bars seized at Dhaka airport

first_imgGold bars recovered from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday. Photo: Customs houseCustoms officials recovered 80 gold bars weighing 9.28-kg from a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early Thursday.A team of customs officials raided the flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, BG-087, after it had landed at the airport from Kualalampur around 4:30 am, said customs inspector Ataul Islam.The team, led by deputy commissioner (customs) Fahmida Mehzabin found the gold bars worth Tk 46.80 million wrapped in black scotch tape under a seat, he added.No one was arrested in this connection, reports UNB.last_img read more

Hillary says Comey letter Russian hackers cost her US presidency

first_imgHillary ClintonHillary Clinton said on Tuesday she was on the path to victory in the 2016 presidential election until late interference by Russian hackers and FBI Director James Comey scared off some potential supporters.In her most extensive public comments on the 8 November election, Clinton told a New York conference she was derailed by Comey’s 28 October letter informing Congress the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reopened a probe of her use of a private email server and by the WikiLeaks release of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, allegedly stolen by Russian hackers.“If the election had been on 27 October, I would be your president,” she told a women’s conference moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.“It wasn’t a perfect campaign, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Comey’s letter and Russian WikiLeaks,” the Democrat said of the loss to Republican Donald Trump. “The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days.”Clinton, who said she is going through the “painful process” of writing a book dealing in part with the election, also said misogyny played a role in her defeat. Becoming the first woman US president would have been “a really big deal,” she said.Clinton took personal responsibility for the campaign’s mistakes, but did not question her strategy or her staff. “I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot. I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had,” Clinton said.She said she had no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to influence the election for Trump, and bluntly criticised the new US president for some of his foreign policy views and for tweeting too much.“I’m back to being an activist citizen – and part of the resistance,” she said.Clinton said broader negotiations involving China and other countries in the region were critical for convincing North Korea to rein in its nuclear programme. She questioned Trump’s recent suggestion he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.“You should not offer that in the absence of a broader strategic framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, to put the kind of pressure on the regime that will finally bring them to the negotiating table,” Clinton said.She also said she supported the recent missile strikes ordered by Trump in Syria but was unsure if they would make a difference. “There is a lot that we don’t really yet fully know about what was part of that strike,” she said.last_img read more

India Pakistan schools close as smog envelopes

first_imgIndian activists wear facemasks to protect them from pollution during a mask distribution drive at the roadside in New Delhi on Thursday. AFPSchools closed across large swathes of north India on Thursday as a hazardous fog of toxic pollution cloaked the region for a third day, with growing calls for urgent government action to tackle what doctors are calling a public health emergency.Punjab’s government said it was closing all 25,000 schools in the state for the rest of the week due to the acrid air blanketing north India and parts of neighbouring Pakistan.The decision came a day after Delhi authorities ordered all 6,000 schools in the capital to shut until Sunday.Low winds and the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble in Punjab and neighbouring areas have caused the levels of dangerous pollutants in the air to spike to many times the levels considered safe.Air quality typically worsens before the onset of winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground and prevents them from dispersing into the atmosphere, a phenomenon known as inversion.Figures on the US embassy website showed levels of PM2.5 — the smallest particulates that cause most damage to health — spiked at over 1,000 on Wednesday afternoon in Delhi, though by Thursday they had fallen to 590.The World Health Organization’s guidelines say 25 is the maximum level of PM2.5 anyone can safely be exposed to over a 24-hour period.Doctors say the microscopic particles can penetrate deep into the lungs, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.”Delhi once again has become a veritable gas chamber with denizens finding it difficult to breathe,” The Times of India said Thursday, joining growing calls for government action to curb the chronic pollution, which the Indian Medical Association this week termed a public health emergency.”Air pollution during winter months has become a catastrophe for large parts of north India,” the country’s most read English-language newspaper said in an editorial blaming “political apathy”.”It’s high time the question is asked: why can’t authorities enjoying jurisdiction over the national capital of an aspiring great power… come up with concrete measures to tackle the world’s worst air pollution.”As pressure mounted on the government, authorities in Delhi ordered a ban on all construction work and barred lorries from entering the city.Around 50,000 mostly diesel-fuelled lorries pass through India’s capital every night and they are a major contributor to the pollution plaguing the city.- Struggling to respond -It is the second year running that Delhi — now the world’s most polluted capital with air quality worse than Beijing — has faced such high levels of PM2.5.Media reports said the thick smog had also led to a series of road accidents in north India.Eight students were killed late Wednesday when a truck ploughed into them as they waited for a bus on a roadside in Punjab.Since 2014, when WHO figures showed the extent of the crisis, authorities in Delhi have closed power plants temporarily and experimented with taking some cars off the road.But the temporary measures have had little effect.Under pressure to respond, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday sought to blame stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring states.”We we will continue facing this every year until the neighbouring state governments resolve the issue of crop burning,” he told reporters in Delhi.The practice of burning crop stubble remains commonplace in north India despite an official ban.Kejriwal said his government would decide in the next day or two whether to reintroduce restrictions on driving cars in the city.last_img read more

CEC asks magistrates to act neutrally

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday urged judicial magistrates to act neutrally to gain people’s confidence and ensure a fair election, reports UNB.”You must be free and fair as you are the judges. You’ll have to apply your judicious minds,” said KM Nurul Huda while briefing the judicial magistrates at election office in Agargaon.The CEC asked the magistrates to perform their duties as per the constitution and law.He said, the election commission is accountable to the nation, constitution, political parties and public for holding a fair election.Some 600 magistrates will perform duty from 29 December to 1 January to ensure a fair election atmosphere, Nurul Huda further said.Election commissioner Mahbub Alam said, it is their aim to make sure no candidate goes to the Jatiya Sangsad without confirming their win through votes.Election commissioners Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam, brigadier (retd) Shahadat Hossain and EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed also spoke at the briefing.last_img read more

Fakhrul demands fresh polls says movement to continue

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said their movement will continue until a people’s government is installed through a fresh election under a nonparty caretaker government, reports UNB.”People no longer trust Awami League for looting democracy, led by Sheikh Hasina. They’ve now turned into an enemy of the people,” he said while addressing a protest rally in Lalmonirhat.The rally was organised protesting the killing of Tozammel Hossain, environment affairs secretary of Rajpur union unit BNP in Sadar upazila who was killed reportedly by AL men on the voting day.Fakhrul, also the spokesperson of Jatiya Oikya Front, expressed sorrow for the ruling party saying, “The party which fought for democracy and under the leadership of which the Liberation War took place has now looted democracy under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.”He also said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia who had fought for democracy has been kept in jail in ‘fabricated’ cases.The BNP leader alleged that Awami League put seals on the ballot papers the night before the election day with the help of the ‘state machinery’, including police, RAB, BGB, UNOs and DCs while Awami League ‘cadres’ resorted to vote robbery in public on the voting day.He said the Jatiya Oikya Front together with people will overthrow the ‘demonic’ government.Addressing the programme, Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) president Kader Siddiqui alleged that a stigmatised history of best vote robbery in the world was created through the 30 December election. “Had we not joined the election, it could not have been proved that Hasina is the world’s best vote robber.”Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob claimed that if any award is given for vote robbery, it will go to Sheikh Hasina.Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury also spoke at the rally.last_img read more

Stay alert against terror activities PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged all to remain vigilant and instantly inform law enforcement agencies of any suspicious terror and militant activity in their respective localities, reports UNB.”I would like to urge the people of the country to remain alert and inform the law enforcement agencies instantly if there’s any abnormal activity,” she said in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House.The prime minister also called upon people to refrain from such terror and militant activities. “I’ve no word to condemn such terror and militant attacks,” she said, adding that 359 people have so far been killed in the recent series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.Sheikh Hasina said some 40 children, including Zayan Chowdhury, a grandson of Awami League presidium member and former health minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, were killed in the terror attacks.”I don’t know what they (terrorists) want to achieve through killing innocent people like this. Children are innocent. So, why do they lose their lives?” she said, adding that terrorism and militancy can never bring welfare for the mankind.Noting that Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi fell victim to manmade terrorism, the prime minister said such brutal activities are very harmful to human beings.She said Islam is a religion of peace, but some people humiliate the religion to the whole mankind carrying out militant activities in the name of Islam.She prayed for salvation of the departed soul of Zayan and others who were killed in the brutal attacks carried out on Easter Sunday.In one of the attacks, Zayan’s father Moshiul Haque Chowdhury Prince (Selim’s son in-law) was also injured severely and he is now undergoing treatment at a Sri Lankan hospital.Prince was not informed of his son’s death yet, said Sheikh Hasina.last_img read more

PM Hasina urges public representatives to win peoples hearts

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the public representatives to work for the welfare of the people saying that victory in polls is not enough, rather they (public representatives) must win the hearts of the masses.“Being elected public representatives once means not an end of a chapter, rather they will have to win hearts and minds of the people of their locality,” she said.The premier added: “So, you’ll have to work for the welfare of the people irrespective of the party affiliations and uphold the trust and confidence that the people reposed on you.”The prime minister was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of newly- elected mayor and councillors of the Mymensingh City Corporation (MCC) at her office here this morning.Sheikh Hasina said public representatives will have to work for the development of their respective areas to earn satisfaction of the people.In this regard, she reminded them about their responsibilities saying the politics for the personal interest never sustains and can’t bring any welfare to the people.Referring to the steps of her government for decentralisation and strengthening of the local government bodies, the prime minister said new divisions and city corporations have been created in the country to attain the goal.Sheikh Hasina said her government has been implementing Taka one lakh 73 thousand crore ADP this year and public representatives will have to appropriately spend hard-earned money of the people.About the national budget to be placed on 13 June next, the prime minister said over Taka five lakh crore budget is being prepared, of which Taka two lakh crore will be spent for implementation of the ADP.She called upon the public representatives to oversee the development programmes being implemented in their localities to ensure proper use of public money.Sheikh Hasina said her government wants to ensure that Bangladesh as an independent country can advance in the world stage with its independent existence.Pointing out her government’s massive uplift efforts, she said all measures have been taken to develop the country from very grassroots level. “We’re working not only to develop the urban areas, we’re also working to develop the rural areas,” she said. Earlier, the premier administered the oath of office to MCC Mayor Ekramul Haque Titu, while 44 councillors — 33 male councillors and 11 women councillors — took oath from Local Government Minister Md Tazul Islam.Local Government Division Senior Secretary SM Golam Faruk conducted the oath-taking ceremony, while Road Transport and Bridges Minister ObaidulQuader was present on the dais.Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Deputy Opposition Leader in Parliament Begum Raushon Ershad and PM’s Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhurywere present, among others, at the function.The first-ever election to the MCC was held on May 5 in a festive mood.Awami League mayoral contender Ekramul Haque Titu was elected uncontested as there was no rival candidate against him after the withdrawal of candidature by Jatiya Party mayoral contestant Jahangir Ahmed.Some 242 candidates contested for the general councillor posts in 33 wards, while 70 women candidates vied for 11 reserved women councillor postsin the polls.The government upgraded Mymensingh to Bangladesh’s 12th city corporation on 15 Oct of last year.Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, expressed her profound gratitude to the countrymen for reelecting her party and giving her chance to serve them again.She said that the aim of the government is to materialize the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to turn the country into a Sonar Bangla (golden Bengal).The prime minister said that the government has already announced 2020-21 as “Mujib Barsho” and decided to celebrate the year by reducing poverty further.She mentioned that the government has adopted Delta Plan 2100 for the future generation of the country and signed an agreement with the Netherlands government to this end.Sheikh Hasina said that the government is setting up 100 economic zones across the county and already earmarked places for 80 economic zones.“The aim of this move is to restrict setting up industries indiscriminately on the cropland,” she said.The AL chief said that after setting up these economic zones, the country will move towards industrialization further with employment generation.The prime minister said if the country could manage 90 percent of its development budget with internal resources, then there will be mo need for begging for help from others.“We’ll live with our own dignity and this was the dream of the Father of the Nation … we’ll materialize that dream,” she added.She said that people under the leadership of Bangabandhu had liberated this country through the liberation war. “So the thinking and spirit of the people of this land should be like that,” she said.Vowing to build a corruption-free Bangladesh, the premier asked the public representatives to stay alert to terrorism, militancy and drugs as these social menaces destroy a family, society and country.last_img read more

Fight Intensifies Over Future Of Struggling Houston Schools District

first_imgLeaders with Journey for Justice Alliance, Black Lives Matter Houston, HISD Parent Advocates and other groups organized a town hall this weekend.As lawmakers head into the Texas legislative session this week, tensions have intensified over the future of Houston schools and the threat of a state takeover of the Houston Independent School District due to chronically low-performing schools.It’s included a bizarre press conference with the outgoing Harris County Treasurer, who called for a state takeover and got doused with water by a protestor; a scathing tweet from Gov. Greg Abbott calling HISD leadership a “joke” and a “disaster;” and a crowded town hall where advocates and parents renewed their call for a lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency.“Right now we are focused on holding off the takeover,” said Kandice Webber with Black Lives Matters and one of the town hall organizers.“We need to sue the TEA. There are no if’s, and’s or but’s about it and we need to get the school board involved in that fight. It’s what the community wants and it’s what our kids deserve, so that is our big push,” she said. The threat of a state takeover stems from a state law, known as HB 1842 and passed in 2015. It requires the state’s Education Commissioner to close schools or replace the entire elected school board if even one public school has failed state standards for five or more years. A separate law, known as SB 1882 and passed in 2017, gives a school board a two-year pause on those sanctions if they temporarily give financial and administrative control of the struggling schools to an outside group, such as a charter school network or nonprofit.Last year, HISD had 10 schools that could trigger the state takeover. This year, four are on the watch list: Highland Heights Elementary School, Henry Middle School and Kashmere and Wheatley high schools.In December, the Houston school board considered requesting proposals from outside groups to temporarily manage those schools. A nonprofit organized by Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office wanted to partner with the district and manage them, similar to a partnership model used in Los Angeles. The board decided 5-4 not to request any proposals — though it has until Feb. 4 to send any partnership proposal to the state.That timeline was already creating pressure.But Abbott’s tweet has intensified the debate. The governor said that the board’s “self-centered ineptitude has failed the children they are supposed to educate. If ever there was a school board that needs to be taken over and reformed it’s HISD. Their students & parents deserve change.”HISD board members have pushed back against that criticism.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img In response to Abbott, HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones said on social media that it’s “sad governing by tweet has become acceptable. Disappointing that opinion has replaced facts.”She pointed to the fact that 91 percent of HISD schools meet standard and the number of schools requiring improvement has dropped from dozens to just four.“I’m a getting a little tired of HISD being the piñata district in our state when in reality we have a lot of great things in our district,” said Sergio Lira after a similar call by former Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez.However, some Houston parents have said that it’s hard to disagree with Abbott’s assessment of the board’s performance. One of them, Heather Golden, posted on Twitter that trustees aren’t serving kids and something must change.At the town hall held Saturday in Kashmere Gardens, there also was a strong push for change: to promote more equity in public schools instead of school choice.Jitu Brown, a community organizer from the Chicago’s south side and with the Journey for Justice Alliance, compared what’s happening in Houston to efforts to close schools or privatize public education in cities like Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit and New Jersey.“School choice is a scam,” Brown said, urging the crowd to chant along.Over 100 people, including parents, educators and community members joined the town hall. Among them was Telicia Fogle-Simon. She grew up in the neighborhood and graduated from Kashmere High School. Fogle-Simon, a former teacher and now a nonprofit director, said that she came with questions about Kashmere’s future and left the three-hour meeting hopeful.“Working with the community organizers I believe that the fight to keep our schools open and not close them and have privatization come in is actually going to be able to be successful,” she said.What happens to the future of the schools and HISD as a whole depends on a mix of factors, including how the four struggling schools perform this academic year; what the board decides to do with them or with the TEA; and if lawmakers revise the trigger law, or make other changes in the new legislative session. 00:00 /01:03 X Listen 00:00 /00:54 Sharelast_img read more