EC orders repoll at 123 snag-hit booths

first_imgThe Election Commission on Tuesday announced fresh polling at 73 booths in Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana, 49 in Maharashtra’s Bhandara-Gondia and one polling station in Nagaland parliament constituency, after a large number of VVPAT machines developed glitches during the byelections on Monday.The repoll, for which notifications have been issued in Lucknow, Mumbai and Kohima, will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.Collector shiftedThe EC has also transferred the Gondia Collector for alleged dereliction of duty. A new Collector has assumed charge. According to the EC, 96 Ballot and 84 Control Units of EVMs, besides 1,202 VVPAT machines, had to be replaced during the byelections. “It amounts to 0.76% of the Ballot Units, 0.81% Control Units and 11.60% of total VVPATs,” an official had said. The highest of 20.82% VVPATs were replaced in the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency, while it was 19.22% in the Bhandara-Gondia and 13.16% in Palghar Lok Sabha constituencies of Maharashtra. In West Bengal’s Maheshtala, 12.37% VVPATs were replaced and it was just over 11% in Punjab’s Shahkot.Following reports of malfunctioning of VVPATs, the Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh lodged complaints with the EC.The highest of 20.82% VVPATs were replaced in Kairana parliamentary constituency, while the number was 19.22% in the Bhandara-Gondia and 13.16% in Palghar Lok Sabha constituencies of Maharashtra. In West Bengal’s Maheshtala, 12.37% VVPATs were replaced and it was just over 11% in Punjab’s Shahkot.Following reports of “large-scale” malfunctioning of VVPATs, the Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh lodged complaints with the EC. A BJP delegation also met the electoral body. While former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wanted ballot papers to be brought back, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party leaders in Maharashtra voiced concerns about the snags.last_img read more

Aurangabad DCP booked for raping constable’s daughter

first_imgA Deputy Commissioner of Police was booked on Tuesday night for allegedly raping a 22-year-old daughter of a female police constable in the Aurangabad police force.DCP (Zone II) Rahul Shrirame has been booked under Sections 376 (rape), 417 (cheating), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code after he allegedly molested the lady on the pretext of guiding her for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exam, said sources.Police authorities said that the MIDC CIDCO police in Aurangabad registered the case against DCP Shrirame on Tuesday night after she lodged a complaint against him through a WhatsApp helpline service.“The lady, in her complaint, alleges that she was repeatedly assaulted sexually by Shrirame between February and June. At present, Shrirame is on leave. We are instigating the probe against him,” said DCP Vinayak Dhakne who is investigating the case.The action against Mr. Shrirame was imminent after he was sent on forced leave on June 14 by the newly appointed Aurangabad Police Commissioner Chiranjeev Prasad.Meanwhile, the opposition Congress and NCP criticised the government over the alleged rape.While the NCP said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should quit if he could not handle the Home department, the Congress said the incident showed that women even in the police force were not safe. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Giannis, Bucks Fall Short, Raptors Advance To First Finals

first_imgTORONTO — Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors into the NBA Finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.Pascal Siakam scored 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet 14 for the Raptors, who used a 26-3 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to turn the game in their favor.Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) turns back to shoot the ball as Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon, left, and Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defend during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the NBA’s top team in the regular season saw its bid for a first finals berth in 45 years come to a disappointing end with a fourth consecutive defeat.Down 76-71 to start the fourth, the Raptors tied it with an 8-2 run while Leonard and Antetokounmpo were both on the bench. Ibaka’s dunk with 10:32 to go tied it at 78.Antetokounmpo returned after a timeout, but Leonard kept sitting. That didn’t matter to Toronto, with Siakam’s basket giving the Raptors an 80-78 lead, their first lead since it was 6-3.Leonard’s one-handed slam after Lowry’s steal gave Toronto an 87-79 lead with 6:46 to go before the Bucks responded. George Hill answered with a layup, Brook Lopez converted a three-point play and Antetokounmpo scored to cut it to 87-86 with 5:19 to go.Lowry and Lopez swapped baskets before Gasol’s 3 put the Raptors up 92-88 with 3:50 left. After another basket by Lopez, Leonard made a 3 to push Toronto’s lead to 95-90 with 3:04 to play. It was Leonard’s first 3 after missing his first seven attempts of the game.Toronto made 12 of 27 3-point attempts, including four of eight in the fourth quarter.Siakam, who missed a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s double-overtime win in Game 3, hit one to make it 98-94. Leonard grabbed the rebound on the second and was fouled. He made both, putting the Raptors up 100-94 with 3.9 seconds to go.Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) recovers the ball after it hit the rim during the second half of Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Brogdon and Middleton each made a pair from long range as the Bucks shot 6 for 9 from 3-point range in the first and closed the quarter with 10 unanswered points to lead 31-18. Toronto shot 6 for 19 in the opening quarter, missing six straight twice in the first 12 minutes.The Bucks extended their lead to 38-23 on a 3 by Ersan Ilyasova with 7:46 left until half. Toronto cut the gap to 46-43 on a 3 by VanVleet with 1:07 left in the second, but Eric Bledsoe answered with a 3 and Antetokounmpo split a pair at the line, giving the Bucks a 50-43 advantage at the intermission.The lead went back to 15 in the third before Leonard finished the period with a flourish. He had eight points in the final 2:01 and Toronto closed with a 10-0 run, cutting a 15-point deficit to 76-71.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee shot 4 for 16 in the second but three of its made baskets were 3-pointers. … The Bucks had six points in the paint in the first half. … Coach Mike Budenholzer was called for a technical foul on Milwaukee’s first possession of the second half. Leonard missed the free throw. … Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 10 at the free throw line.Raptors: Danny Green, who missed all three of his field goal attempts in 16 minutes in Game 5, had another rough night. Green shot 0 for 4 in 14 minutes. … Leonard’s 17 rebounds were his most in any game this postseason. … Lowry had eight assists.DRAKE WATCHRaptors fan and ‘global ambassador’ Drake sat in his regular seat adjacent to the Toronto bench. The rapper wore a black hoodie with ‘KAWHI ME A RIVER’ printed on the back.UP NEXTThe NBA Finals comes to Canada for the first time when the Raptors host the Warriors on Thursday night. Toronto swept Golden State in the regular season.By: Ian Harrison, Associated PressTweetPinShare3434 Shareslast_img read more

UEFA confirm VAR usage in Nations League finals

first_imgVideo Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used at this week’s UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal, Europe’s soccer governing body UEFA said on Monday.VAR, which allows incidents to be reviewed with the help of video replays, was used at last year’s World Cup in Russia and this season’s Champions League knockout stages and will also be part of the English Premier League from next season.UEFA briefed the coaches of Nations League semi-finalists Portugal, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands about VAR in April and England manager Gareth Southgate has welcomed its use in the competition.You’ll never get a system that is 100% fail-safe but the key decisions that are clear and obvious have been rectified,” Southgate said. “My feeling… is that in the main the big decisions have been right.”The main criticisms of VAR are the amount of time it takes for decisions to be reviewed and that fans inside the stadium are left in the dark while the referee looks at replays on the sidelines.Netherlands coach Ronaldo Koeman said the system still had room for improvement.”VAR is a good help to make football fairer and most of the mistakes will be corrected. That of course is a good thing,” Koeman said.”We must realize, however, that discussions will continue to exist, because you can often interpret actions in multiple ways. I am in favour of the VAR tackling the big, obvious issues only, rather than to search endlessly for potential errors.”England face the Netherlands in the Nations League semi-finals on June 6, a day after hosts Portugal play Switzerland in the first semi-final.advertisementAlso Read | Police probe as Neymar uses social media against rape claimAlso See:last_img read more

Chile begin Copa America title defense by trouncing Japan 4-0

first_imgChile beat Japan 4-0 in their Group C opening match for the Copa America in Brazil, an excessive punishment for a Japanese team who showed flashes of good football and at times managed to dominate the tournament’s reigning champion.A brace by Eduardo Vargas and two more goals from Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sanchez ensured victory for Chile on Monday, reports Efe news. Japan, who came with a youthful squad to the tournament, had their chances but lacked the cutting edge.Despite the absence of agile and eye-catching football, Chile are still well on its way to defend the titles it obtained in 2015 and 2016.Japan made an energetic start with Takefusa Kubo – who was signed by Real Madrid last week for its B-squad – leading the charge against the reigning champion, who failed to respond to the defensive pressures and the devilish speed of the Japanese strikers.Chile spent much of the first half totally disoriented and trying to contain the outbursts of a Japanese team who knew very well how to play.Shoya Nakajima gave the Chileans a lesson in dribbling speed and ball control, and almost opened the scoring before the 10-minute mark.Kubo displayed some of his talent, especially a delightful nutmeg against Mauricio Isla, and moved freely through his attacking area.After half an hour, Sanchez appeared with a double chance, although neither of his two shots was on target.Chile stepped up their game and moved the ball more fluidly. They were rewarded for their period of dominance with the opener, when Pulgar nodded in a Charles Aranguiz corner in the 41st minute.advertisementJapan slowed down in the second half and Chile doubled their lead with Vargas scoring the first of his two goals after a cut-back from Mauricio Isla in the 53th minute.Japan’s Ueda squandered a chance to respond, firing wide of the back post after a cross from Gaku Shibasaki.While the Japanese failed in their attacks, Chile knew how to take advantage of each and every one of its approaches. Less than ten minutes before the match ended, Sanchez scored another goal for Chile and a minute later gave an assist to the striker Vargas, who sealed his second goal with ease.Also Read | Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as new managerAlso Read | Copa America: It will take a while to accept it, says Lionel Messi on Argentina’s loss to BoliviaAlso Seelast_img read more

OSU wrestlers win two national championships

first_imgThe individual title was Perry’s first of his career, here he is talking about his win.And Oliver’s title was his second (and should have been his third). Here’s what he had to say on’m happy to be a part of the Cowboy tradition and getting to cap off my senior season with my second national title. It’s been an honor wrestling under Coach Smith and for Oklahoma State. It’s been a great journey.And here are a lot of national titles hugging each other after Oliver’s W.Another great season for OSU wrestling has concluded and with basketball over too we’re officially in one of the three following modes:“Who’s the QB going to be?” mode.“When does Smart declare for the draft?” mode.“Does baseball have a shot at the CWS?” mode.We’ll keep you updated on all three.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIChris Perry and Jordan Oliver racked up two more individual national titles for Oklahoma State at the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday night.OSU lost the overall bid for its 35th NCAA wrestling title but not because of Perry and Oliver.Perry defeated No. 2 ranked Matt Brown of Penn State and Oliver beat No. 2 ranked Jason Chamberlain of Boise State in the finals on ESPN.As a team, the Pokes fell four points short of another title. Here’s what coach John Smith had to say on gave ourselves a chance today. We did everything we could. We won nine out of 11 matches on the final day of competition. Any other time we’ve done that, we’ve come home with a team title. It hurts, but I’m proud of our team’s effort. We came to wrestle, and that’s what we did.Penn State would prove to be just too much as they took home their third straight national title.last_img read more

NewLead Finds Work for Oldtimer

first_imgPiraeus-based dry bulk and petroleum shipping company NewLead Holdings has entered into a contract of affreightment for one of its dry bulk vessels, the 1990-built Panamax Newlead Markela.The contract is for the transportation, anticipated to be completed within a twelve month period, of approximately 704,000 tons of aggregates over eleven consecutive voyages.The Newlead Markela will be trading in the Arabian Gulf and the first shipment is scheduled to commence during March 2015.NewLead recently expanded its fleet from two to ten vessels, five dry-bulk carriers and five tankers, as part of the company’s growth strategy.The latest addition to the fleet were five bitumen tankers, which NewLead bought and leased in January.With the latest additions, the company lowered the average age of the fleet from almost 18 years to 7.4 years.“We have succeeded in securing solid employment of the Newlead Markela for the year 2015 while the dry bulk market is at historical lows. We continue to optimize the employment of our fleet and enhance the revenues and cash flow of the company,” Michael Zolotas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NewLead, said.“Our strategy for 2015 is to continue to grow our fleet while taking advantage of market opportunities.”Newlead has approximately 43.2% and 45.4% of its operating days covered for 2015 for the dry bulk and tanker vessels, respectively, with the bulker Newlead Victoria and the tanker Nepheli on a period time charter until June 2018 and July 2015, respectively, and the rest of the company’s fleet trading on the spot market.last_img read more

In the news today April 5

first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, April 5———HUMBOLDT ONE YEAR AFTER DEADLY CRASHSaturday marks the one-year anniversary of a crash between the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus and a semi-trailer that killed 16 people and injured 13 others. The collision changed the lives of the 29 people onboard the bus and their loved ones, but also the small Saskatchewan city that the team calls home. Residents in Humboldt are preparing to mark the anniversary after a year spent grieving and trying to rebuild their lives. There are fewer than 6,000 people in the city, so everyone is somehow touched by what happened. Mike Yager, who runs a local sportswear store, says the demand for Broncos gear has not stopped.———DETAILS OF SAUDI-CANADIAN FEUD LAID OUT IN MEMOA newly released federal document provides a close look at Saudi Arabia’s retaliation against Canada following criticism by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on Twitter of the regime’s arrest of women’s rights activists. A briefing note to International Trade Minister Jim Carr offers more detail on how events were unfolding on the ground about a month after the start of the dispute. The document lists numerous measures, including denial of access to military bases, rerouting of flights for product supplies, prevention of a Canadian company from importing and selling medication and various shipments from Canada being completely stopped at Saudi ports.———CANADA TO SUSPEND LICENCES FOR BIOCELL IMPLANTSHealth Canada says it will suspend licences for Biocell breast implants unless the company that makes them provides new evidence about their safety. The Health Department says it conducted a scientific assessment of macro-textured implants as part of its larger ongoing safety review of breast implants and a rare associated cancer, which was launched in November 2018. Health Canada says it continues to monitor and review all available scientific and clinical information regarding the safety of textured breast implants, including any new evidence provided by Allergan, the company that manufactures the implants, in the next 15 days.———ALBERTA’S POLITICAL LEADERS SPAR OVER PIPELINES, MINORITY RIGHTSAlberta’s political leaders traded shots over everything form pipelines to minority rights in last night’s election debate. United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney and NDP Leader Rachel Notley both told reporters after the debate that it would be up to Albertans to decide who won. Notley says Kenney had a chance to clear up concerns about the UCP leadership race and comments his candidates have made around Islamophobia and homophobia, but he didn’t do it. Kenney says Notley only brings up those issues because she’s trying to avoid talking about the NDP’s failed economic record. Albertans go to the polls on April 16th.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will make an announcement about money for energy efficiency and climate change adaptation projects.— Nova Scotia’s Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey will introduce an act today that will designate the official tartan for the House of Assembly.— Social Development Minister Shane Simpson and Education Minister Rob Fleming will attend an announcement by the United Way of the Lower Mainland over the period promise campaign and menstrual products in B.C. schools.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UK deputy envoy notes Lankas property laws complex

The Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Laura Davies, notes that Sri Lanka’s property laws are complex and difficult to navigate, especially for foreigners.She said this in a blog posting after a visit to Galle where she spent time with a few of the 5,000 long term British residents in Sri Lanka. “But Sri Lanka’s property laws are complex and difficult to navigate, especially for foreigners. We can’t offer legal advice, but we can – and did on Friday – set up opportunities for British nationals to speak to legal experts. If you are a British national thinking of buying property in Sri Lanka, please make sure you take independent legal advice and engage a lawyer to act on your behalf. A list of local lawyers can be found on the High Commission website,” she said. Particularly on the South Coast, many are involved in tourism, running small hotels and guest villas that keep Sri Lanka’s tourism figures booming and spread its economic dividends deep into the community. While in the Galle, Davies also visited a small project the High Commission has supported for some years, the Manacare Hopes and Dreams village.Run by British long term resident Joy Butler, the Manacare centre spreads not just economic benefits, but also social and medical support into a poor community. Set up in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami, the project has provided employment for a devastated village, and stability and security for traumatised individuals. “Its backbone is very small scale manufacturing, mostly of handmade soap and table linen. Brilliantly, the products are mostly destined for the hotel industry, a demonstration of the trickle down benefits of tourism.The centre also provides physiotherapy and hydrotherapy for the severely disabled, including many who suffer from cerebral palsy, as well as child care which lets women get back into employment, and activities to give young people a positive social focus. It increasingly offers residential basic job skills training too, to disadvantaged women from across the island,” Davies said.She said that her visit reminded her of the great breadth of the UK – Sri Lanka relationship, fuelled by the richness of the people to people links. read more

ExFed official clarifies controversial comments on Trump

WASHINGTON — A former top Federal Reserve official is seeking to clarify inflammatory comments he made last week that suggested the Fed could take steps to undermine President Donald Trump’s re-election prospects.William Dudley, former president of the Fed’s New York regional bank, faced a barrage of criticism from economists across the political spectrum for a column published in Bloomberg Opinion Aug. 27. In it, he argued that the Fed shouldn’t “enable” Trump’s trade war by cutting interest rates.On Wednesday, he specifies in a second column that he does not think the Fed should attempt to influence the 2020 election. But he reiterates his criticism of Trump’s attacks on the Fed and says it should specify that Trump’s trade war is the “greatest risk” to the economy.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Football No 10 Ohio State grinds out 266 victory against No 18

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws a pass in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan State on Nov. 10 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Buckeyes defeated the Spartans 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Mich — In a game that few would describe as pretty, No. 10 Ohio State pulled out a victory in East Lansing, clawing its way past No. 18 Michigan State 26-6.With a mix of strong defenses and worse offenses, the teams combined for 17 punts on 32 possessions, while gaining only 24 combined rushing yards in the first half.Ohio State’s key to victory came from redshirt sophomore punter Drue Chrisman. On his nine punts, he pinned Michigan State within its own 10-yard line five times, resulting in a safety and defensive touchdown for the Buckeyes.Chrisman said Ohio State’s lack of success ended up benefitting him during the course of the game.“You’re getting punts on almost every drive, which is not what we want,” Chrisman said. ”You just get comfortable, into that groove and then, you’re just able to do whatever the team needs of you.”Chrisman’s day did not start off this way.On his first attempt, the redshirt sophomore muffed his kick, hitting the ball out of bounds on a 4-yard punt.The latter resulted after Chrisman pinned the Spartans at their own 1-yard line, and on the snap, the ball hit Michigan State wide receiver Larness Nelson in the side of the arm, and redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones recovered it in the endzone for a score.“The coaches kept emphasizing a lot more than usual, just like ‘Our moments gonna come, we’re gonna create a turnover, we’re gonna create a turnover,’” Jones said. “On what seemed to be like a pass-option-read type of thing, he dropped it, and then we kind of wrestled for it a little bit and I came up with it.”On the very next play, redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi throws a bad pitch and the Spartans fumble again, and again Ohio State recovered, leading to a 35-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Blake Haubeil.The Buckeyes led 19-6 following the pair of Spartan turnovers, enough to seal the victory.Redshirt junior running back Mike Weber added a touchdown late to give Ohio State the 26-6 lead that would turn out to be final.The storyline coming into this season’s matchup between Ohio State and Michigan State was if the Spartans’ No. 1 rush defense could slow down the Buckeyes’ enough to pull off an upset after they recorded 255 yards on the ground against Nebraska.Michigan State did that, holding Ohio State to 123 yards rushing on an average of 2.8 yards per carry.The first half combined strong play from both defenses and lackluster play from both offenses, leading to 11 consecutive scoreless drives to start the game.Meyer said he expects a game like this when he makes the trip to East Lansing.“We knew exactly what this would be, and it was, I mean that was November football at Michigan State,” Meyer said. “Everything about that was really hard against that defense, and I’m really ecstatic for our defense the way they came out and played.”Both Ohio State and Michigan State missed on field goal attempts before the Buckeyes scored the first points of the game on a 1-yard shovel pass from redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins to redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell.On that drive, redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell saw time on one snap, earning five yards on an option run.Martell came in at the end of another drive with the Buckeyes up 13 late in the fourth quarter, but fumbled the ball on an off snap. Michigan State recovered the fumble, but Lewerke threw an errant interception to redshirt freshman safety Shaun Wade on the proceeding drive.“I think we’re gonna do more of that,” Meyer said. “When you start to get in that part of the field it’s rugged, especially against a defense like that, so I hope to use it more.”Haskins struggled for much of the game against the Spartans throwing for 218 yards, completing 28-of-38 passes and throwing for a touchdown.Michigan State swapped out redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke with Lombardi on the next drive, and he led the Spartans down to a field goal with 30 seconds to go in the half.Ohio State took a 7-3 lead into the halftime, recording 147 yards of total offense to Michigan State’s 143.The Buckeyes had 14 rushing yards in the first half to the Spartans’ 10.After Ohio State failed to score on its first two drives of the third quarter, Michigan State found life when Lombardi found space at midfield, running for 47 yards to set up a 38-yard try for sophomore kicker Matt Coghlin, which he hit to bring the game to within one.Late in the third quarter, the Buckeyes had Michigan State backed within its own 1-yard line on fourth down, and the Spartans appeared to snap the ball intentionally out of the end zone, resulting in a safety, putting Ohio State up 9-6.On the punt following the safety, Michigan State booted it out of bounds, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the 50-yard line.“That was a big win, and we’re very satisfied,” Meyer said. “That was a great locker room, that’s the way it’s supposed to be, enjoy the win and get ready for the next one.”Ohio State was missing two sophomores on the defensive side, linebacker Baron Browning, who was sidelined with an injury after being a game-time decision, and safety Isaiah Pryor, who failed to travel to East Lansing with the team.The Buckeyes stay on the road to face Maryland on Nov. 17.Story updated at 5:30 p.m. to include postgame quotes. read more

TT guard gunned down at fast food outlet

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T man killed execution-styleSeptember 21, 2016In “Crime”T&T man killed in bar shooting, four others injuredMarch 1, 2016In “latest news”Father, son gunned down in T&TJuly 26, 2017In “Crime” (Trinidad Guardian) Robbers shot dead a security guard at a Church’s Chicken outlet at the newly opened O’Meara Plaza in Arima on Saturday night after they became enraged that they were unable to open the cash register.Grieving relatives and friends of the victim, Kurt Monticeux, 42, of Building 15, Maloney, described his killing as senseless and a “wicked act.”Kurt MonticeuxPolice said at around 7.30 pm two gunmen entered the fast food outlet and demanded money. However, the cashiers ran to the back and locked themselves in a bathroom. When the gunmen realised they could not open the cash register or get any money, they shot Monticeux several times, before making their escape.When the T&T Guardian visited the victim’s home in Maloney yesterday, a cousin said the last time he saw him alive was on Saturday as he was leaving for work.“I saw him right before he went to work because I am a security guard also. He was a real decent person …a churchman who used to go to work and come home,” he said.“He didn’t have any wife or children. He used to live with his father but his father passed away and it was him alone.”The cousin said Monticeux was a talented artist who was well known for his drawings and paintings.A neighbour described Monticeux was a “very nice fella” who was not in any “bacchanal” with anybody.“He never used to interfere with anyone. If I coming up the stairs and I have any bags in my hands he would always help me …not only me but anybody.“We lost somebody really good because the entire building saying they didn’t have to kill him. What they kill him for? They vex because they didn’t get any money so they kill him. We real hurt about it and we are really sad,” she said.Police said they are working on certain leads and are reviewing CCTV footage from the scene. read more

Greek Australians honoured on Australia Day

first_imgOver 440 Australians received awards as part of the Australia day festivities. Among the large number of Australians on the list, eight notable Greek Australians have been recognised for their contribution to Australian society and have been awarded high honours as part of Thursday’s Australia Day Awards ceremony. Those included in the Australian Day Honours were: Christopher Xenephon Stathy, for service to the water industry in South Australia; Jack George Kyros, deceased, for service to the Greek community of Western Australia; Helen Kalis, for service to the community in Tasmania; Loula Kostos, for service to the Royal Children’s Hospital as a volunteer; Peter James Prineas, for service to conservation and the environment in New South Wales through executive and advocacy roles; Helen Poulos for service to children in hospital and to their families; Lydia Lassila, for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games; and Emanuel Andrew Petrelis, for service to the Greek community of Western Australia, to business, and to education. The Australia Day Honours List is a public recognition of people who provide outstanding community service, and whose achievements enhance national identity, Australians who demonstrate the qualities of positive role models who are not only worthy of respect but encourage ambition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Official Girona Barcelona agree on La Liga game in Miami

first_imgLa Liga have formally made a request to the Spanish FA (RFEF) for the January league fixture between Girona and Barcelona to take place in MiamiJust last week, Girona announced that they were willing to go ahead with the planned fixture at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium due to it being a “great opportunity for expansion” for both club and city.Now La Liga have confirmed that both club presidents Delfi Geli and Josep Maria Bartomeu have signed a letter alongside league chief Javier Tebas to formally submit a request.“FC Barcelona, Girona FC & LaLiga seek permission from Spanish Football Federation to stage match in the US,” read a La Liga statement.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The request comes after successfully completing the first key steps with several stakeholders”The Catalan derby between Girona and Barcelona will take place on January 26 at a proposed time of 8.45pm (CEST time).Meanwhile, around 1,500 Girona season-ticket holders will be offered free air travel and accommodation by La Liga as the game was originally supposed to take place at the club’s Estadi Montilivi.La Liga president Tebas announced a 15-year deal with Relevent Sports to stage La Liga fixtures in the United States last month, which caused huge controversy among players and fans.last_img read more

George Does It Again

first_img Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cartwhright-robinson, donhue gardiner, george lightbourne, immigration bill, opposition, Pdm, pnp, sharlene Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Oct 2014 – The Immigration Bill 2014 was rejected in the House of Assembly yesterday… as once again PNP Cabinet Minister George Lightbourne opts out of standing with his party in parliament; as a result the PNP Administration saw its immigration bill fail to go through the necessary second reading. Eight no votes on that second reading … seven yes votes and two abstentions by the Governor’s appointed members… House Speaker Robert Hall told the Border Control minister the bill could go no further. QUOTE. Hon Donhue Gardiner moved to lay the bill on the table with the hopes of the document being brought back for debate. Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson suggested that the government seek consultation and then return with the now disallowed bill, which has been under construction for nearly two years. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

South Florida nonprofits hold ice cream social for cancer patients

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Two South Florida organizations partnered together to help fight cancer with an ice cream social fundraiser in Doral, Saturday.“We are here at Sloan’s in CityPlace Doral, celebrating life,” said We Care Chemo Kits co-founder Lucy Reyes. “My twin sister Gisenia Reyes was diagnosed with AML — acute myeloid leukemia — and we spent all of 2016 in the hospital, and because of this, we’ve been able to turn it into a nonprofit to help the community overcome cancer.”Gisenia Reyes is one of the co-founders of We Care Chemo Kits, an organization she helped create after recently beating the disease.“We’re just ecstatic to have my twin sister here that saved my life,” said Gisenia. “My twin sister saved my life, and she was my stem cell donor. So, because of that, I am able to be here alive, making a difference in the community with all these people that you see around here making a difference.”The women created chemo kits to help make a difference in the lives of people who are still battling cancer.“In a We Care Chemo Kit we have items that are practical, educational and inspirational items. With that, we serve to inspire joy, happiness and love,” said Gisenia. “There are activity items to keep the cancer patients busy. Many of these patients are in the hospital for 30 days at a time. I spent over a hundred days, collectively, in the hospital, so I understand first-hand what it is to be in a hospital room. Sometimes you’re not even allowed go out because you’re so immunosuppressed. So these items go beyond just a gift — it’s a gift of life, a gift of a smile.”Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation teamed up with We Care Chemo Kits to raise money for cancer research while putting together hundreds of kits for patients of all ages, including cancer survivor Marielena Rado. “Actually, I was actually the first one to receive one, and it was amazing,” said Rado. “It just lit up my day, changed my whole outlook for the day. Really meant a lot.”Rado met Gisenia Reyes while they were both receiving treatment. On Saturday’s event, they got an extra scoop of ice cream to celebrate a special anniversary together — one full, cancer-free year.“That makes me feel amazing,” said Gisenia. “She was actually my neighbor in the hospital, and that’s how we met — in the hospital — and we are now lifelong friends. And just to see her healthy, strong, see us alive, I love her so much.”This was the organization’s first ice cream social fundraiser. They hope to put together more than 200 chemo kits with the money raised.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Immigration and Alaskas economy

first_imgAlaska’s immigrant population is growing at a faster rate than almost any other place in the nation, and most of the people who arrive in the state are of working age. Immigrants are starting new businesses, paying taxes, and helping build our local economies. On the next Talk of Alaska we’ll talk about the contributions of foreign-born Alaskans and the challenges they face when starting a life here.Listen NowHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Jessica Roley – owner of MedPhysicals PlusJon Bittner – Vice President of Anchorage Economic Development CorporationStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Arab spring hasnt failed it has just begun Nobel laureate

first_imgMainau Island (Germany): Days before Tawakkul Karman, then 32, was to become the face of Arab Spring — a series of pro-democracy movements that swept much of the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, shaking some of the region’s longest-standing governments — she would often think of the safety of her children. The mother of three who worked as a journalist in Yemen — and went on to become one of the youngest recipients of the Nobel Prize for Peace — had been organising protests since 2007 against the “authoritarian regime” of Ali Abdullah Saleh, but in 2011, as the movement gained traction, threats to her and her family poured in. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “They arrested me, threatened me and my family and tried to kill me. When they couldn’t break me, they threatened to harm my kids. But I wasn’t afraid as I thought about all the kids in Yemen and what future would they have. I thought that if I give up for the sake of my three kids, it would mean betraying all the others,” Karman said, while addressing a gathering of Nobel prize-winning scientists and young scientists from around the world during the 69th Lindau Nobel Nobel Laureates meeting. The threats only made her stronger and her resolve to “fight for freedom” for all of Yemen earned her the epithet ‘Mother of the Yemeni Revolution’. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us When she urged protesters to march to the Presidential Palace in May 2011 in a peaceful and nonviolent protest, Saleh’s military killed 13 protesters. Karman was arrested but escaped the jaws of death after an outpouring of support through letters and protests prompted her release. The incident catapulted her onto international limelight and there was no stopping her after that. “The Yemen that I was dreaming for while growing up is the same Yemen my father told me about – a happy one. It was people’s dream too which is why they flooded the streets in protest. It is a dream I still have,” said Karman, who co-founded Women Journalists without Chains in 2005 to promote human rights, particularly freedom of opinion and expression, and democratic rights. Advertise With Us Karman believes that Yemen will transform its image of a suffering country as Arab Spring was still alive. “Do you think people calling for change went to the streets for fun? It was the last option for people who had been suffering for decades under the dictatorship of Saleh. “Their voice had been suppressed. And the call for freedom spread to other countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Libya and now Algeria and Sudan,” she said. “Those in the west who say that Arab Spring will die or fail, my question to them is: Do you think the democracies that you enjoy in your countries, be it Sweden, Germany or other European countries, and were achieved by being mere spectators? The Arab Spring hasn’t failed. This is just the beginning. We are still in the battle of freedom,” Karman said. She added, “we have removed a dictator and now we are facing a counter-revolution led by those countries whose interests have been harmed by this change. The counter-revolution is led by three countries which themselves are dictators, Saudi, Emirates and Iran.” “But people in Sudan and Algeria have told them to shut up. They went to the streets to send out a clear message that people will not stop until they achieve freedom and democracy. We are telling the governments in the West, we will win our battle now with your help or later without you.” Karman said that the Nobel Prize win has been a boost to the protestors. “Winning Nobel Prize was a big moment for me as a woman, for me as a leader, but also for our revolution since people were on the streets singing that ‘we have won the Nobel prize’,” said Karman.last_img read more

GainBitcoin scandals Amit Bhardwaj granted bail by Supreme Court

first_imgPixabayAmit Bhardwaj, who is known for his role in the scandal surrounding the GainBitcoin scam, was granted bail on medical grounds by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.Along with Amit, his brother Vivek Bhardwaj, who is also an accused in the scandal, has also been granted bail. However, the apex court directed Amit to pay Rs 10 crore and his brother to pay Rs 1 crore. Speaking to Inc42, Bhardwaj’s lawyer Deepak Parekh said, “While Amit Bhardwaj has been granted interim bail based on his health ground, the Supreme Court granted bail to his brother, purely based on the merits of the case.””Amit Bhardwaj has gotten bail on medical grounds. However, he has been ordered to pay, Rs 10 crore as a penalty in the next six months and his brother Vivek Bhardwaj has also been directed to pay Rs 1 crore. Every Monday he has to go to Shalimar Baug police station in New Delhi and sign his presence. He has to remain in Delhi for the time being. This fight will go on for a long time now,” a source told Crypto-News. Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate had attached properties worth Rs 42.88 crore to Amit. The properties include six offices of Amit Bhardwaj in Dubai and flats and bank balances in India of two of his marketing agents. The ED had filed a criminal case under the PMLA against Amit’s company GainBitcoin in 2018. He had investments worth 80,000 bitcoins and promised investors of returns in his newly launched cryptocurrency. However, he lost more than Rs 2,000 crore from 8,000 investors. GainBitcoin was not the only venture by Amit which failed. He had also started GBMiners, MCAP and GB21, and the investors in these ventures too lost a lot fo their money.  Indian cryptocurrency scamster arrested for $300 mn fraud Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:05Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

N Korea says ready to react to any mode of war from

first_imgNorth Korea Deputy United Nations Ambassador Kim In Ryong speaks to the media at the UN on 17 April, 2017 in New York City. Photo: AFPNorth Korea is preparing for “any mode of war” triggered by US military action, Pyongyang’s envoy to the United Nations warned Monday, saying his country would respond to a missile or nuclear strike “in kind.”The statement from North Korean Deputy Ambassador Kim In Ryong followed warnings from US Vice President Mike Pence to Pyongyang not to test US resolve following another missile test.“If the United States dares opt for a military action (…) the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the Americans,” Kim told a news conference.“We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs,” said Kim.North Korea has taken “self-defensive” measures in response to US threats of military action and these reflect Pyongyang’s determination to “counter nukes and ICBM in kind,” he said, referring to intercontinental ballistic missiles.Pence told a news conference in South Korea that “the era of strategic patience is over” after North Korea on Sunday test-fired another missile as fears mounted that it may be preparing a sixth nuclear test.Pyongyang is seeking to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them last year.US President Donald Trump’s decision at the weekend to send the Carl Vinson carrier-led navy strike group to the Korean peninsula shows that the “US reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase,” said Kim.The North Korean deputy envoy asserted that Pyongyang would hold the United States “wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.”US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will next week chair a special meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korea.last_img read more