Farmers’ issues more pressing than Chief Minister post: Uddhav Thackeray

first_imgStating that the plight of the farmer was a much more critical issue than the question of the future chief ministerial post, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday cautioned that the ruling government would be in a serious spot if the farmer’s issues boiled over.“I am not bothered who will be the next Chief Minister and from which party. Unfortunately, this question has assumed significance for some people who think it is greater than the burning question of farmers. I am only concerned about the farmers of Maharashtra securing justice and their woes being redressed. Until this happens, I will continue to regard politicos as unworthy,” Mr. Thackeray said, addressing farmers in Shrirampur in Ahmednagar district.The Sena chief, who was taking stock of a help centre set-up by his party workers in the tehsil, said that the ruling government [BJP-Sena] must not be complacent following its Lok Sabha win and must strive to place the farmers’ woes high on its agenda.“The farmer is not a slave. There is a limit to his sacrifice and patience. Once they are exceeded, it could prove severely detrimental to those in power. I assure that the Sena will not rest till farmers are given their due,” said Mr. Thackeray.At the same time, the Sena president quashed suggestions of any schisms in his party’s alliance with the BJP, stating that the saffron coalition was strong and that detractors needn’t be concerned about the possibility of any rift.“I do not speak against the BJP-led government. Having said that, I want to state that one of the conditions of our alliance with the BJP was the issue of completely writing off loans for the farmers, and not a mere loan waivee. The Sena will ensure that every farmer avails of this benefit,” Mr. Thackeray said.He reiterated his warning that the Shiv Sena would take action against insurance companies and banks denying financial aid to farmers.“It is the responsibility of these companies to give them insurance money. But I have information that many are refusing to do so. I only want to warn them that they cannot escape justice like a Nirav Modi or a Vijay Mallya,” said the Sena chief.last_img read more

Students, women join campaign demanding protection of Manipur territory

first_imgMany sections of the people, including students and women, joined the campaign in Manipur demanding the protection of Manipur’s territory, against the backdrop of the understanding the Centre had reached with some Naga bodies, which held peace talks for the last 22 years. Students from most of the districts came out of their classes on Friday, squatted on busy roads and formed human chains, thereby hindering free flow of traffic.They raised slogans that Manipur territory cannot be compromised and diluted. Women activists and student leaders told The Hindu that Manipur is a State with 2,000 years of written history. M. Keinatombi, a woman activist said, “That Manipur had been an independent kingdom is established by the international treaties the State had signed with some foreign countries. Manipur had its Assembly and elected MLAs. King Budhachandra who was a titular head was summoned in Shillong, now capital of Meghalaya, in September 1949 and he signed the merger agreement under duress after keeping him under house arrest”. He had signed the merger agreement on September 21, 1949 though it was officially made public on October 15, 1949 to synchronise with that of Tripura, a princely State in the Northeast which was merged with independent India. However eminent scholars and other intellectuals in a public convention were of the unanimous view that the merger agreement with Manipur is “null and void” since the State Assembly never authorised the titular king to sign the agreement.”Women who take out torchlight procession every day say that they shall not rest till the details of the Naga agreement are put in public domain.After snapping ties on Thursday with the Manipur government, the Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), formed by five civil society organisations quarter-backing the agitations, exhorted the people to launch various campaigns near the houses of the 60 MLAs and four MPs who are allegedly shirking their accountability to the people on this burning issue.Sunil Karam, coordinator of the COCOMI says, “Though the Chief Minister N. Biren had assured the leaders of the civil organisations to summon an emergency session of the Manipur Assembly it is now clear that there will be no session to take a resolution on the Naga agreement. On the other hand, Biren says he will be first to resign or to sacrifice his life if Manipur’s interest and territory are compromised. However some leaders point out that it will be immaterial if Biren resigns or takes the extreme step once the Naga agreement is inked.”Earlier another BJP Cabinet Minister. T. Shyamkumar said he will commit suicide if Manipur’s territory is compromised.However, women activists said that no purpose will be served by their “sacrifices” after the inordinate delay. Women vigilantes say that if there is nothing objectionable in the Naga agreement it should have been kept in the public domain. They further say that it is fearsome why the government is transporting security personnel in trucks, special aircrafts and helicopters to Manipur ahead of the public announcement of the details of the Naga agreement.Police said though they are outnumbered by students, women vigilantes and other activists in the day-and-night agitations, the additional forces from Tripura and other States have not been deployed in the trouble-prone areas yet.last_img read more

Mertens reaches semifinals on debut at Australian Open

first_img“If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen,” she said. “But of course semis is, ‘Wow.’”She’s the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals in Australia, and knew she had plenty of support at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Kim, thanks for watching, I knew you sent me a message before the match — don’t be too stressy,” said Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy. “I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.”The No. 37-ranked Mertens successfully defended her Hobart International title — she decided last year to target that title instead of entering Open qualifying — two weeks ago, and has now won five matches at Melbourne Park. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Harden’s 28 help Rockets rally for 99-90 win over Heat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Svitolina framed an attempted overhead and hit it over the baseline to give Mertens match point, and the 22-year-old Belgian finished it with a backhand crosscourt winner to advance to her first major semifinal.Mertens was one of the biggest movers on the women’s tour in 2017 as she improved her year-end ranking from 120 to 35 and won her first career title.In the semis, she’ll play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro.In other quarterfinals, top-seeded Rafael Nadal was playing No. 6 Marin Cilic and No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov faced Kyle Edmund.In other news, No 32-seeded Mischa Zverev was fined $45,000 for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung, the largest penalty ever assessed to an individual during a major.Zverev was punished under a new rule implemented by the Grand Slam Board in the off-season intended to deter players with pre-existing injuries to start a tournament and retired from their first-round matches.Zverev was trailing Chung 2-6, 1-4 on the first day when he retired. His fine of $45,000 nearly equals his first-round prize money of 60,000 Australian dollars ($47,900).Zverev’s fine was the largest ever assessed to a player for an on-site Grand Slam offense. Other players have been fined larger amounts following a Grand Slam tournament, such as Serena Williams’ $82,500 fine in 2009 for her tirade at a U.S. Open line judge.Italian player Fabio Fognini was fined $96,000 last year after insulting a chair umpire at the U.S. Open, an amount that could be reduced to $48,000 if he doesn’t have any further offences over the next two years.The new rule came in response to a rash of first-round retirements at Wimbledon last year. View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Mertens dominated against Svitolina, who also entered her first quarterfinal in Australia on a nine-match winning roll after winning the Brisbane International two week ago.Svitolina had won their only previous tour-level match, but had no answers on Rod Laver Arena and later said hip trouble had been bothering her all year.“She played great from the beginning of the year,” Svitolina said. “But, you know, when I give her opportunities to play and to play a good level, then of course she’s going to play. She’s going to go for shots.“Now she’s in semifinal. Now she’s not just a player that’s up and down. She’s quite consistent, and we can see this.”Mertens raced out to a 5-2 in the first set before Svitolina got her only service break. The second set was no contest. Mertens won a 27-point rally while holding serve in the fourth game, then hit a backhand winner into the open corner to break Svitolina in the next game for a 5-0 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Belgium’s Elise Mertens celebrates after defeating Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — A year after opting out of qualifying for the Australian Open, Elise Mertens has reached the semifinals in her debut at the season-opening Grand Slam.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 on Tuesday to extend her winning streak to 10 matches and be the first woman through to the semifinals at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

India U-19 Team Beats Tahiti to Finish 1st in OFC Developmental Tournament

first_imgThe Indian U-19 team on Friday got the better of Tahiti 2-0 in the 1/2 place play-off of the Oceanian Developmental Tournament in Port Vila, Vanuatu.Second-half strikes from Manvir Singh (71th minute) and Vikram Partap Singh (88th) proved to be enough for the Blue Colts to have the last laugh against their Oceanic opponents. Coach Floyd Pinto named the same starting XI that stormed past New Caledonia three days earlier to seal the 1/2 place play-off date with Tahiti.Givson was given a free role at the heart of the midfield where Ninthoi’s agile movement down the flanks proved to be too much for the Tahitian defenders. In the third minute, Ninthoi volleyed from an acute angle, only to see it sail over the crossbar.Givson and Ninthoi were trying tooth and nail to breach the Tahiti defence but the red outfit kept them at bay until the referee ended the first half.India were unarguably the better side in the first 45 minutes having placed four shots on target out of total 12 attempts. On the other hand, Tahiti failed to create any real opportunity inside the 18-yard-box, thanks to India’s command in the midfield.After the breather, Pinto introduced Gurkirat Singh in place of Aman Chetri in the attacking third, and he helped another substitute Manvir Singh score his first goal of the tournament.Ninthoi, with his blistering pace, cut through the Tahiti defence from the middle and served it on a platter to Gurkirat, who found Manvir inside the six-yard-box and the latter did no mistake in steering a header past the goalkeeper. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. India U-19Manvir SinghOFC Developmental TournamentTahiti First Published: August 24, 2019, 6:53 PM ISTlast_img read more

In Season Two, Premier Futsal will have eight teams

first_imgSHARE COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Buoyed by the success of the first season, Premier Futsal Management has announced the second season of the multi-national Futsal League.The upcoming season will be played in the first quarter of 2017 with eight franchises across four cities.The team management also said that the league will be a biannual affair from 2017 onwards.The first season of Premier Futsal saw veterans such as Ronaldinho, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs as marquee players for the six franchises.Premier Futsal Chairman Xavier Britto said: “We have decided to make Premier Futsal a biannual property. Riding on the success of Season One, we will go back to our plan of playing with eight franchises and all the international Futsallers will go under the hammer for Season Two. We will be announcing the processes and auction dates over the course of the next one month.” The inaugural edition of Premier Futsal was seen by over 50 million television viewers and was consumed by over 700 million people across almost 100 countries.Premier Futsal was also the first Indian sports league to stream all matches on Facebook.Abhinandan Balasubramanian, co-founder and CEO, said: “We set out with a mission to give India a new fast paced sport and with the first season of Premier Futsal, I think we are on the right track. The stadium attendance and social media reports suggest 35-40 per cent of the audience were women. We have started work towards packing Premier Futsal as a sport for family audience.”He said the association was in talks with multiple international Futsal Federations to reach out to a wider audience globally and consolidate its position as market leaders.” August 30, 2016 League to be made biannual next year COMMENTS sportlast_img read more

Royal Challengers Bangalore sign Harpreet Singh Bhatia to replace injured Sarfaraz Khan

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore have signed Madhya Pradesh batsman Harpreet Singh Bhatia as a replacement for injured Sarfaraz Khan for the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2017. (More IPL News)A left-handed batsman, Harpreet has represented India under-19s in the past. He had a consistent run in the domestic limited-overs competitions for Madhya Pradesh and finished as the leading run-scorer of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter-Zonal tournament for Central Zone in 2016-17.Harpreet has played for two IPL franchises in the past.Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are currently sitting on the sixth position in the points table, will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in their next match on April 23 in Kolkata.last_img read more

Des conditions météorologiques de forte intensité pourront causer des vagues de tempête

first_img Si vous devez évacuer en raison d’une vague de tempête, prenez les mesures appropriées : Élaborez un plan d’évacuation. Assurez-vous que les membres de votre famille savent quoi faire en cas d’évacuation. Lorsque l’évacuation est ordonnée, quittez immédiatement et apportez votre trousse d’urgence. Écoutez la radio et suivez les directives des autorités locales responsables des opérations d’urgence. Suivez les routes d’évacuation. Ne prenez pas de raccourcis. Un raccourci peut vous mener vers une zone dangereuse ou à accès restreint. BUREAU DE GESTION DES URGENCES–Des conditions météorologiques de forte intensité pourront causer des vagues de tempête dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse Préparez une trousse d’urgence qui inclut de la nourriture, de l’eau potable, des vêtements, des couvertures, des médicaments, une lampe de poche et une trousse de premiers soins. Incluez tout document important, ainsi qu’une liste de vos biens et de vos effets personnels. Écoutez les avertissements. Incluez une radio à piles dans votre trousse d’urgence afin de pouvoir écouter les avertissements météorologiques. Élaborez un plan familial. Choisissez un endroit où vous pourrez vous rencontrer si votre famille se sépare durant une situation d’urgence, et assurez-vous de connaître les plans d’urgence des écoles, des bureaux, des garderies et des autres endroits où les membres de votre famille passent leur temps. Dans les régions susceptibles aux inondations, vérifiez les sous-sols pour vous assurer que les objets importants ou de valeur sont déplacés à un étage supérieur de la maison. Sachez comment fermer l’eau, le gaz et l’électricité au cas où les autorités locales vous demanderaient de le faire. Environnement Canada prévoit que la tempête tropicale Kyle passera au-dessus du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse ce soir, au moment où la marée sera haute. La vague de tempête d’un mètre prévue en raison de la tempête, en plus des vagues déferlantes, pourrait entraîner une érosion du littoral et des dommages aux infrastructures côtières, principalement dans les comtés de Yarmouth et Digby. « Les Néo-Écossais connaissent bien les tempêtes comme Kyle, » a dit Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. « Bien que ces tempêtes puissent être imprévisibles, j’encourage les gens à écouter les mises à jour, à élaborer un plan pour leur propre famille et à préparer des trousses d’urgence, au cas où. » Une vague de tempête est une augmentation anormale du niveau de la mer le long du littoral, et peut être particulièrement dangereuse lorsqu’une tempête intense a lieu lorsque la marée est haute. Plusieurs communautés côtières de la Nouvelle-Écosse pourront être touchées par les vagues de tempête et les inondations côtières. Il est extrêmement dangereux de se trouver près du littoral lors d’une vague de tempête. Il est donc important de prendre les mesures appropriées pour vous protéger, pour protéger votre famille et pour protéger vos biens. Afin de vous préparer en vue d’une urgence liée à une vague de tempête, vous pouvez prendre les mesures suivantes à l’avance : —————————————————————Le Bureau de gestion des urgences (BGU) de la Nouvelle-Écosse demande aux Néo-Écossais de prendre les mesures de protection nécessaires advenant une vague de tempête. Pour plus d’information sur les vagues de tempête et les plans d’évacuation, consultez le site Web du BGU à l’adresse read more

Des responsables du monde du tourisme célèbrent le Canada atlantique

first_imgPlus de 1 800 professionnels du tourisme de plus de 30 pays se sont réunis le 15 mai, au Cunard Centre à Halifax, afin de découvrir ce qui fait du Canada atlantique une destination attrayante pour les voyageurs du monde entier. Organisée dans le cadre de Rendez-vous Canada 2018, qui est le principal marché du tourisme international au Canada, la Soirée du Canada atlantique a été une occasion exceptionnelle d’inciter les agents de voyage et les voyagistes internationaux à envisager de faire du Canada atlantique une destination de vacances de leurs clients. « Nous sommes ravis d’accueillir des milliers de professionnels du voyage en Nouvelle-Écosse à l’occasion de Rendez-vous Canada et de leur procurer une expérience authentique du Canada atlantique, souligne Geoff MacLellan, ministre de l’Entreprise. Les activités comme celle-ci mettent en vedette tout ce que le Canada atlantique peut offrir, ce qui nous aide à attirer davantage de visiteurs de partout dans le monde dans notre région. » Un communiqué de presse détaillé peut être consulté au . -30-last_img read more

KV student commits suicide at her residence in Saket

first_imgNew Delhi: A 17-year-old girl, student of Kendriya Vidyalaya school, committed suicide at her residence in South Delhi’s Saket area on Tuesday. Police said that the parents of another girl had complaint to school that their daughter was beaten up by the deceased. Police said that the deceased lived with her family in South Delhi area and was studying class 12. According to police, the case came to light on July 30 at 5.41 pm after they received information at Saket police station that a girl has committed suicide. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA police team rushed to the spot and during the investigation, it has been revealed that the girl committed suicide in her house by hanging herself with a cloth. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar said that on further investigation, it has been found that she is a student of class 12. Police said that the investigation further revealed that on Tuesday, parent of another girl, who is a student of Class 11th, had complained to the school principal alleging that on July 29 at 12.30 pm, after the school hours, the deceased thrashed the girl along with two other boys outside the school. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”This had caused a sense of insecurity among the parents of the girl who was beaten and they complaint against the deceased to the school ,” police said. On this complaint, the deceased’s mother was called to the school. But when she reached school, the teachers had gone and she was told to come next day along with her daughter (deceased). In the meantime, her daughter committed suicide at her residence. “So far no foul play has been found in the suicide of deceased. Post mortem of the body has been conducted on July 31 and the body handed over to the family members. They are waiting for the postmortem report. Further investigation is in progress,” said DCP South. Recently on May, a 22-year-old man was found hanging at his house in Nanakpura area. The investigating agency said that they did not recover any suicide note. In another case, a JNU student allegedly committed suicide on Friday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room of the university.last_img read more

Alberta premier threatens to broaden pipeline dispute with BC

first_imgNotley says if she sees more moves to delay construction, her government will pass legislation to give her the power to reduce the flow of oil and natural gas.In 1980, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed cut oil exports in his fight with Ottawa over price controls and revenue sharing under the national energy program.The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased oil shipments until it could do more research on spill response. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships.Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada or both.She says it’s time to focus the country’s attention on lost jobs and reduced revenue due to a pipeline bottleneck.last_img read more

Saudi Man Offers Services of Moroccan Maid for Sale on Internet

Rabat- A Saudi citizen has reportedly offered to sell the services of his maid, originally from Morocco, over a shopping website apparently because he can no longer keep her in his house.Posting an ad for “Moroccan maid for sale,” the Saudi citizen who identified himself as Abou Badr wrote that he wants to give up the services of his maid.The Saudi man advertised the maid as if she were a slave on auction in violation of her human dignity and human rights. The outlandish ad posted the maid’s “price” at 1600 riyals (nearly $400) plus the 4000 riyal “Kafala” charges (about $1,066).The ad stated that the Moroccan woman had been brought to Saudi Arabia two years ago under the “kafala” system, a sponsorship system applicable in the Saudi Arabia, which puts foreign employees at the mercy of their employers.The Kafala sponsorship system, which requires foreign workers to have local sponsors, rigidly binds immigrant workers to their employers, enabling the latter to commit abuses, while preventing workers from changing jobs or leaving the country. read more

Nearly 14000 flee burnedout town in new fighting in Central African Republic

“Never before has the UN seen a town in CAR where 70 per cent of houses have been torched,” UN country humanitarian coordinator Toby Lanzer said after leading the first mission to Birao yesterday following the fighting which resumed on 3 March. “The impact of this on people’s lives cannot be exaggerated.” The area on the border of Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur region has suffered from a spill-over of the violence there as well as from fighting between the Government and armed opposition militias that has uprooted over 200,000 people in recent months, about 50,000 of whom have sought refuge in neighbouring Chad, amid reports of summary executions, ethnic violence and burning of villages. Prior to this month’s fighting, some 14,000 people lived in Birao, but following yesterday’s visit, the UN now estimates that no more than 600 people remain, the rest having fled the violence and believed to be living in the bush.In addition to the burning of houses, which makes the population’s return virtually impossible before the start of the rainy season in May, the team also noted that the town’s schools and hospital had been destroyed or looted. Priorities for humanitarian aid include shelter, supplies and psycho-social support. “This alarming news underscores the importance of my mission, which is intended to highlight the dire situation in the north of the Central African Republic, as well as the gaps in our ability to provide an adequate response due to both a shortage of resources and of humanitarian actors on the ground,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes who is on a two-week mission to Sudan, Chad and the CAR. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various parts of the CAR tripled in 2006. As many as 280,000 are now displaced, including 20,000 who have sought refuge in Cameroon, 50,000 in Chad, and an estimated 212,000 IDPs. Overall, some 1 million people, a quarter of the total population, are estimated to be affected by widespread insecurity throughout the north. Decades of recurrent armed conflict, political instability and poor governance have devastated the lives of the 4.2 million people of the CAR, the seventh least developed country on earth, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index.Social indicators have been declining steadily for two decades, with 2003 estimates putting under-five child mortality at more than 20 per cent. Basic infrastructure and social services, such as health and education, are nearly nonexistent outside the capital of Bangui. In 2007, the UN is appealing for $54.5 million for urgently-needed aid. To date, just under $8 million has been received, or 15 per cent of requirements. In 2006, only 60 per cent of total needs was covered. 21 March 2007Nearly the 14,000 inhabitants have fled the burned-out wreck of the main town in north-eastern Central African Republic (CAR) since this month’s resumption of fighting between Government and rebel forces, United Nations officials reported today. read more

UN war crimes tribunal reduces sentence of convicted former Bosnian Serb general

12 November 2009The Appeals Chamber of the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s today cut four years off the 33-year sentence imposed on a former Bosnian Serb army general who commanded much of the siege of Sarajevo. Dragomir Milošević, who is not related to the former Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević, was convicted in 2007 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague.He was found guilty on five counts of murder, inflicting terror and committing inhumane acts during a campaign of sniping and shelling, which resulted in the injury and death of a large number of civilians in the Bosnian capital during the second half of the 1992-1995 siege. The Appeals Chamber ruled today that, “whereas the evidence cited in the Trial Judgement does not support a finding that Milošević planned and ordered the sniping incidents, his command responsibility for having failed to prevent and punish the said crimes committed by his subordinates has been established beyond reasonable doubt.” The Chamber upheld the majority of the Trial Chamber’s convictions for ordering the shelling of the civilian population in Sarajevo during the 15-month period, while also granting Mr. Milošević’s appeal in part and reducing his sentence from 33 to 29 years’ imprisonment.The Prosecution’s request that Mr. Miloševic, who is in his late sixties, be sentenced to life imprisonment was dismissed in its entirety. read more

BillsDolphins Capsule Preview

BUFFALO (4-7) at MIAMI (5-6)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE – Dolphins by 6 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD – Buffalo 5-6, Miami 6-5SERIES RECORD – Dolphins lead 60-47-1LAST MEETING – Bills beat Dolphins 22-16, Dec. 31, 2017LAST WEEK — Bills beat Jaguars 24-21; Dolphins lost at Colts 27-24AP PRO32 RANKING – Bills No. 25, Dolphins No. 21BILLS OFFENSE – OVERALL (31), RUSH (17), PASS (31).BILLS Defence – OVERALL (2), RUSH (15), PASS (1).DOLPHINS OFFENSE – OVERALL (28) RUSH (20), PASS (27).DOLPHINS Defence – OVERALL (29), RUSH (29), PASS (21).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Bills swept Miami last year. … Dolphins are plus-6 in turnover differential, and Bills are minus-5. … RB LeSean McCoy has seven TDs in seven games against Miami. … First-round draft pick Josh Allen set Bills record for quarterbacks last week with 99 yards rushing. He leads team with four TDs rushing. He’s 3-3 as starter. … Bills have topped 300 yards offence in past two games after failing to do so in first six. … Bills have passer rating of 58.9, worst in NFL. … Buffalo has been outscored by 111 points, third worst in NFL. … Bills are averaging 4.6 yards on first down, last in league. … Bills’ defence has 28 sacks, 11 more than last year. … In their six losses, Bills have been outscored 141-9 in first half. … Dolphins have been outgained by 928 yards, third worst in league. … QB Ryan Tannehill ranks 15th with passer rating of 97.2, which would be career high. Has won his past seven home starts. … Dolphins have scored touchdowns on nine of 22 red-zone possessions, second-worst average in league. … Miami ranks second with 17 interceptions. Xavien Howard is tied for second in league with five, and has nine in his past 16 games. … Blocked punt last week was 12th for Dolphins since 2011, most in NFL. … Fantasy tip: Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards last time he faced Bills — last December with Colts — and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry this season. And Bills gave up season-worst 226 yards rushing last week.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

London Bridge terror attack Pavements left wide open despite Westminster atrocity three

Mr Patterson was speaking following a final pre-inquest hearing at the Old Bailey updating Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC on the preparations and police investigation.During the hearing, Jonathan Hough QC, counsel to the coroner, said: “We understand the families have concerns about the lack of barriers on the bridge, this attack coming after the Westminster attack.”We can assure (them) this is a topic which will be pursued.”Mr Patterson responded: “I’m grateful appropriate witnesses will be called, and equally the vehicle rental issue.”The issues that arose in Westminster seemed to have resulted in absolutely nothing by way of additional measures on rentals by people preparing attacks.”Mr Hough said the counter-terrorism police had taken 2,701 statements and seized “vast” amounts of CCTV footage of the attacks and the terrorists’ movements.Other evidence included body-worn video from police officers and videos from members of the public caught up in the carnage.Mr Hough said extensive work had been done by forensic experts on the attackers’ vehicle, the knives used and petrol bombs found in the aftermath. The victims were Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, and Frenchmen Xavier Thomas, 45, and Alexandre Pigeard, 26, as well as Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The attackers, Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, were shot dead by police at the scene.The incident came just three months after Khalid Masood mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in a hired car before stabbing a police officer to death.One of the victims on the bridge was Ms Archibald, who was walking on the pavement with her fiance, having just had a meal, when she was knocked down and killed almost instantly.Mr Patterson also said there was an “apparent failure to have any sort of regulation or security checks by rental businesses where they are renting out powerful vehicles which can be used as lethal weapons”.”We have had them used in terrorist attack after terrorist attack.”The lawyer pointed out that rental vehicles were also used to cause carnage in Nice and Berlin.The barrister said Butt was under investigation by security services yet was still able to plan and carry out the attack with his accomplices. He said it was a “very troubling and a significant issue” which he plans to pursue at the inquest. A lawyer has criticised the lack of action before the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack, saying pavements were “wide open” despite a similar atrocity three months earlier.Gareth Patterson QC, who is representing six families of victims of the June 2017 attack, set out his key concerns ahead of a full inquest at the Old Bailey starting on May 7.He will also lament the apparent lack of security measures in place at rental companies, saying that no lessons had been learned from the Westminster attack in which four people were killed by a terrorist in a hire car. Mr Patterson criticised the lack of barriers on the bridge at the time of the attack, coming so soon after the Westminster attack in March.He said: “The pavements of London Bridge were wide open, despite what happened at Westminster.”In the autumn, the Westminster inquest was told that no consideration was given at the time to putting up barriers inbetween the two attacks.Yet within a day of the London Bridge atrocity, work began to put up barriers, Mr Patterson said.Eight people were killed when three men ploughed into pedestrians in a white van on the bridge, before stabbing revellers in the nearby market with 12in (30cm) ceramic knives on June 3 2017. read more

Was a feud over WW2 gold behind the gruesome slaying of a

first_img 18,537 Views Mar 10th 2017, 10:53 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Troadec family who were missing and found dead. L-R) the father Pascal, the mother Brigitte, their son Sebastien and their daughter Charlotte. Source: ABACA/PA ImagesINVESTIGATORS HAVE VOICED caution over claims that a dispute over family gold led to the gruesome murder of a couple and their two children in western France.So far “there is no evidence” to support claims by the confessed killer and his 76-year-old mother that Pascal Troadec had helped himself to a trove of gold that his father had found while renovating an apartment, “robbing” his sister Lydie of her share.“It’s only an assertion for now,” a source close to the probe said.The victim’s mother told the daily Le Parisien that her late husband found a cache of gold coins and ingots — of an unspecified value — in 2006 in an apartment in the northwestern port of Brest.He took the gold, “perhaps stolen from the Bank of France” during World War II, and hid it in the couple’s garage, said the woman, who declined to give her first name.It was the year after her husband died in 2009 that she said Troadec took the gold while she was in hospital, adding that he had “robbed his sister” Lydie.Troadec later told the family he had invested the gold in Monaco and Andorra, tauntingly adding that they “couldn’t touch it”, his mother said.Soon afterwards, Troadec and his wife Brigitte — whom Lydie’s partner Hubert Caouissin has admitted killing along with their children Charlotte and Sebastien — began flaunting their new lifestyle, sending postcards from their holiday travels.Eventually it was too much for Caouissin, who later told investigators of his anger over the gold, according to both the confessed killer and his mother.But the lawyer of Brigitte Troadec’s family, Cecile de Oliveira, charged that the gold coins and ingots were a figment of Caouissin’s imagination and that he had begun “harassing” the Troadecs in 2014. Source: euronews (in English)/YouTube“Pascal Troadec went to the police to complain of being falsely and repeatedly accused over this story of gold ingots that comes out of Hubert Caouissin’s imagination,” she told AFP.And Caouissin’s mother told Le Parisien that the claims about a gold treasure were “nonsense”.So far little evidence has emerged that the Troadecs enjoyed a lavish lifestyle.Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes told a press briefing earlier this week that Troadec, who worked at a commercial sign-making firm, and his wife Brigitte, a civil servant, had “good incomes” and were not in debt.More body parts foundThe sudden disappearance of Pascal’s family on 16 February left France on tenterhooks as investigators scrambled for clues.Detectives found traces of blood and efforts to clean them up throughout the two-storey house where Pascal and Brigitte, both 49, lived in a suburb of the western city of Nantes.In his confession, Caouissin said he killed the couple, as well as their children Charlotte, 18, and Sebastien, 21, with a crowbar, then cut up the bodies, burning some of the parts in his oven and scattering others around his farm in Brittany. The house of missing Troadec family in Nantes was sealed-off by police. Source: Courtois Christophe/PA ImagesOn Thursday, investigators found more body parts at the 32-hectare farm, along with more jewellery and some computers taken from the Troadecs’ home in Nantes, Sennes said.Caouissin and Lydie Troadec were quizzed for nearly 21 hours at the start of the probe, when Caouissin told investigators he had fallen out with the family over the dispute.But initial suspicions centred on Sebastien Troadec, who had a history of psychological problems.The focus shifted after traces of Caouissin’s DNA were found at the Troadecs’ home in suburban Nantes and then in Sebastien’s car, abandoned in the port of Saint-Nazaire about an hour’s drive to the west.Comments have been disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing.© – AFP 2017Read: Body parts found at farm of man who confessed to killing family of four >Read: Two tourists dead – and two still missing – after avalanche at French resort > No Comments Share Tweet Email Was a feud over WW2 gold behind the gruesome slaying of a French family of four? Investigators are unconvinced by the killer’s claims. Friday 10 Mar 2017, 10:53 AM By AFPlast_img read more

Donald Trump says hes coming to Ireland after invite from new friend

first_img Source: Kenny also said that he told Trump that Ireland would always be a “friend of America”.Ireland will always be a friend of America, the European Union will always be a friend of America and that cooperation between these two most developed economic regions of the planet will be for the mutual benefit of millions of people in Europe and the United States.At another gathering following the meeting, Trump then recited what he said was a proverb.“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb and this is one I like, this is a good one, this is one I’ve heard for many years and I love it,” he said.Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.“We know that, politically speaking we know that,” Trump added. Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 10:15 PM Donald Trump says Enda Kenny is ‘his new friend’— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 16, 2017 Mar 16th 2017, 10:15 PM Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter 224 Comments Briefing reporters about their meeting, Kenny said the pair discussed a range of issues including Brexit, the Irish economy and immigration.“The president asked a number of questions about what the hard border meant in the past and I pointed out to him about customs posts and the sectarian violence that came with it,” Kenny said.“I also spoke to him about the difficulties Brexit would have for Ireland and for Northern Ireland and I pointed out the economic indicators that show we’d be the most adversely affected.”President Trump asked quite a number of questions about the Irish economy, the drop in unemployment the rise in employment, the improvement in our growth rates. He was very complementary to the people of Ireland for having had the courage to make those decisions and make the many sacrifices they have made over the past number of years. By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Shamrock Ceremony Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Later this evening, the pair met in the White House for the traditional exchange of a bowl of shamrock.Taoiseach Enda Kenny he wanted to sincerely thank President Trump “for so graciously continuing this great tradition of hospitality which means so much to us all”. Source: Niall CarsonI am proud to have the opportunity to contribute to maintaining and developing relations between Ireland and the United States, particularly at the beginning of a new era in our relationship following your election, Mr. President. Donald Trump says he’s coming to Ireland after invite from ‘new friend’ Enda Kenny Trump and Enda Kenny met in the Oval Office this morning. Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Trump told the East Room of the White House that America is “an always loyal friend” to Ireland.The US president said the Irish people have enriched America in inexplicable ways and they always will.Referring to Ireland as America’s “faithful partner” and “loyal friend” he said the US “will always be there for you”.Read: Trump travel ban was halted because it would cause “irreparable injury” if it went ahead >Read: When is racist language racist? Enda Kenny facing big questions in the US > Updated 11.30pm- With reporting from Christina Finn in Washington D.C. Source: ENDA KENNY has met with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in the White House.As the pair shook hands and posed for photographs following a private meeting, Trump confirmed to reporters that he intends to visit Ireland.“I really love Ireland, I’ll be there absolutely,” Trump said in response to a question.Kenny later confirmed that Trump agreed to come to Ireland after he extended an invite to the US President.“We had a good, friendly and constructive engagement,” Kenny told reporters in the White House lawn after the photocall. Enda Kenny and Donald Trump on front of the bust of Martin Luther King jr. Source: Merrion Street/“The president also referred to hospitality and is very well acquainted with the golf courses of Ireland.”And finally, I said in Ireland invitations are always returned and returned in kind. And so during the course of his presidency of the United States I’ve asked him to come to Ireland and he hopes to do that some time during the course of his presidency.During the Oval Office photocall, a number of other reporters then attempted to ask questions of the pair but a White House staffer attempted to end the interaction by repeating the phrase: “Thank you press”.One Irish reporter then asked whether Kenny’s previous comments about Trump’s language being “racist and dangerous” was raised during their meeting.There was no response to the query.center_img 100,466 Views Undocumented“I also spoke to him about immigration, and it’s important to make particular note of this here, of the fact that the president is interested in this and we had a very beneficial, constructive discussion about this,” Kenny said.For those who are undocumented, among them many millions who are in America who are undocumented . The president was actually surprised at the figure, I think he might have thought it would be a higher figure.I would say to Irish people who are undocumented, that if there are small issues like parking fines or traffic lights or whatever, they should clear those up through legal people whether they be in any city. And that’s an issue which can lift the fear, concern and anxiety that any Irish people may have. I want to thank the President for giving so much of his time to this visit. We had an excellent meeting this morning in the Oval Office where we discussed a variety of important issues of mutual concern. I want to assure you of our commitment to working closely with you and your administration as you face the many challenges ahead. Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Trump says the Irish have the name ‘the fighting Irish for a reason’ – a people who enriched America— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 16, 2017 Look at that handshake— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) March 16, 2017 Let me congratulate you and wish you the very best as you begin your term of office. The job is exceptionally demanding and difficult. The United States remains the most influential, as well as, the most powerful country in the world. You hold the hopes and future of America, and indeed the world, in your hands. Share Tweet Email7 US President Donald Trump (left) and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny hold a bowl of Shamrocks during the St. Patrick’s Day Reception and Shamrock Presentation Ceremony, at the White House. Source: Niall Carson Trump says ‘great people, great people’ about Fionnuala and Enda Kenny— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) March 16, 2017— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 16, 2017 Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Short URLlast_img read more

Business owner Diamond Rozakeas awarded for lifting the profile of Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last weekend saw cafe owner Diamond Rozakeas win the Melbourne Award for lifting the profile of the city through Higher Ground, her youngest cafe-brainchild.The Greek Australian entrepreneur accepted the award alongside cafe co-owner Nathan Toleman at a gala event at the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday 18 November.Rozakeas, Toleman, and third partner, Ben Clark through their joint company The Mulberry Group, have been operating some of Australia’s highest award winning cafes over the course of 12 years.Higher GroundApart from Higher Ground, the company currently owns Top Paddock and The Kettle Black.“It’s great to work with an outstanding and supportive team and be rewarded for adding to our city’s reputation as the cafe capital of the world,” Rozakeas said. “As a Greek, I acknowledge that hospitality is part of our culture and I’m happy to promote that wherever possible.”Meanwhile, Rozakeas, who spends her time in Central Australia making a difference in the lives of children in Indigenous communities through food, art programs and social enterprises, has just introduced Indigenous Gularn tea to her cafes. The hand-picked tea/leaves are sourced from the remote community of Minyerri, four hours east of Darwin.last_img read more

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

Take part in exclusive pensions research

first_imgWhat are the main retirement concerns facing your employees? What retirement support does your organisation offer staff? Is your organisation aware of how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) might impact workplace pensions?Tell us how your organisation approaches pension saving and helps staff prepare for retirement by taking part in the Employee Benefits Pensions research 2017, in association with Nest.The research is designed to provide insight into how your pensions strategy compares to those of industry peers. It looks at financial education, pensions communications, auto-re-enrolment, and more.The online survey will be open until Friday 22 September 2017.As a thank you for taking part, we will enter you into a prize draw to win £100-worth of retail vouchers. For your chance to win, fill in your details at the end of the survey.The research findings will be available online and in a print supplement.Complete the survey today.last_img read more