US Women Beat Germany, 2-0

first_imgMONTREAL — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans.Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net.Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup on June 30.“That’s exactly what I did, shut out everything around me and focused on what I needed to do,” she said.Lloyd’s penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic shot wide on a penalty kick for Germany. Kelley O’Hara came in off the bench and scored in the 85th minute, delighting the pro-American crowd.Hope Solo posted her fifth straight shutout, continuing a dominant run for the American defense. The second-ranked United States has gone 513 minutes without conceding a goal.The victory captured the attention of President Barack Obama, who posted his congratulations on his Twitter account. Actor and musician Justin Timberlake also cheered on the U.S., tweeting “USA! USA! USA!!!!!”Next up for the U.S. is the winner of the July 1 match in Edmonton between defending champion Japan, ranked No. 4, and sixth-ranked England. Germany will play the loser of the second semifinal in the third-place game in Edmonton on July 4.The final is set for July 5 at Vancouver’s BC Place. “We didn’t come here just to make the final,” Lloyd said. “We came here to win it, so we’re going to go after it.”It was the fourth World Cup meeting between Germany and the U.S. In each of the first three games, the winner went on to take the title.The marquee matchup led to lines of fans waiting to get in about three hours before the game. The line for the main souvenir stand snaked up a half-dozen ramps to the building’s third level at one point.The stadium built for the 1976 Olympics, where the East German men won the gold medal, was filled nearly to its blue fabric roof, mostly with fans cheering for the United States. The crowd was announced at 51,176.Previous games in Montreal had the stadium less than half full, with the upper bowl completely empty.The United States had several good chances from the start. Julie Johnston missed on a header off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan’s breakaway in the 15th minute was stopped by goaltender Nadine Angerer.There was a scary moment in the first half when Germany’s Alexandra Popp and American midfielder Morgan Brian collided in front of the U.S. goal following a free kick from about 25 yards out.Television cameras caught blood in Popp’s hair, and Brian was prone on the field for several minutes. Both players returned to the match.Sasic’s penalty kick came after Johnston fouled Popp in the box. Sasic fooled Solo, who went right, but her kick went wide left, prompting a roar from the crowd.Sasic went into the match as the tournament’s high scorer with six goals.Shortly thereafter, Annike Krahn got a yellow card for fouling Morgan in the box, but replays showed it occurred just outside. Lloyd’s penalty kick was her third goal in three matches.“Of course, I’m very, very sad about this, that this penalty shot decided the match,” German coach Silvia Neid said. “What am I going to do though? A referee decision is something I have to live with. I am very sad about it, but I cannot change it.”Lloyd is known for coming up big in important games. She scored the winning goal in overtime to beat Brazil for the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and scored both U.S. goals in the final of the 2012 London Olympics against Japan. She is the only player to score the winning goals in consecutive Olympic finals.In the World Cup quarterfinals, she scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over China.O’Hara scored on Lloyd’s left-footed cross.The United States tweaked its formation for the match. Morgan started up top, with Lloyd as an attacking midfielder with Rapinoe and Tobin Heath on the wings.The U.S. had success in its quarterfinal against China when it had Lloyd roaming up top and Brian back as a holding midfielder. The shift paid off with Lloyd’s goal on a lofted kick from Johnston.The United States improved to 3-1 against Germany in World Cup matches and 19-4-7 overall.“I think inside our environment, we knew we had this in us,” coach Jill Ellis said. “We do a good job of blocking out the distractions.”The United States has won two World Cup titles, but none since 1999. The Americans have appeared in the semifinals of all seven of the women’s tournaments.This tournament has played out with FIFA embroiled in scandal.Earlier June 30, FIFA confirmed that President Sepp Blatter would skip the World Cup final, as U.S. officials pursue a criminal investigation into the game’s ruling body.Blatter’s second-in-command, Secretary General Jerome Valcke, also will be absent from the biggest event in women’s soccer “due to their current commitments in Zurich,” FIFA said in a statement.(ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Seahawks QB Wilson Sticking Around: ‘Seattle, We Got a Deal’

first_imgRENTON, Wash. — Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks as the highest paid player in the NFL.Wilson posted a video on social media early Tuesday saying, “Seattle, we got a deal,” shortly after agreeing to a $140 million, four-year extension with the Seahawks, his agent Mark Rodgers told The Associated Press. Wilson’s new deal runs through the 2023 season and includes a $65 million signing bonus, a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money.Wilson’s per year average of $35 million tops Aaron Rodgers’ average annual salary of $33.5 million as part of the $134 million extension he signed last year with the Green Bay Packers.Wilson’s current $87.6 million, four-year deal was signed at the beginning of training camp in 2015 and was set to expire after next season.“Russell’s goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town,” Rodgers said. “He believes there is still unfinished business and he is looking forward to pursuing that without having to worry about contracts and his future.”The 30-year-old Wilson had set a midnight deadline for a new deal with Seattle. He wanted certainty about his contract before the start of the team’s offseason workout program, which began on Monday. Wilson showed up for the first day and by the end of the night was posting a video with wife Ciara announcing the agreement.The deal ends the debate about Wilson’s future with the Seahawks, although there seemed to be little doubt he would remain in Seattle for a while. The team held leverage knowing it likely had at least three more seasons with Wilson under center. Even if he played out 2019 under his current deal, Seattle could have used the franchise tag if needed to keep him under contract through 2020 and 2021 at a reasonable price by quarterback standards.SEATTLE. Let’s get it. @Seahawks #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/xeWnEnUzmR— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019But the extension allows Seattle to budget for the future knowing how to work with Wilson’s hefty paycheck in the years ahead and build a contender around the former third-round pick that has developed into a franchise QB.Wilson’s new deal was going to have to top the extension signed by Rodgers before the start of last season. Wilson was the second-highest paid player in football behind Rodgers when his deal was signed in 2015, but had fallen to the 12th highest-paid QB in the league, according to Overthecap.com.The five-time Pro Bowl selection is coming off arguably his best season as Seattle went a surprising 10-6 and earned an NFC wild card before losing to Dallas in the opening round of the playoffs. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but the Seahawks were ahead of schedule thanks to their return to a run-first offense and Wilson’s exceptional performance when tasked to throw.The 5-foot-11 Wilson threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and matched his career low with seven interceptions. He attempted only 427 passes — his lowest total since his second season when Seattle won the Super Bowl — but his efficiency was a career best with a 110.9 passer rating. He also ran only 67 times, a career low, as the improved run game and offensive line play allowed Wilson to stay in the pocket more and scramble for his life less.It was a stark change from the 2017 season when Seattle missed the playoffs for the first time under Wilson. He led the league in touchdown passes, but also was Seattle’s leading rusher due to a non-existent run game.The idea of Wilson ever leaving Seattle has always seemed a stretch. Teams simply don’t give up on quarterbacks with the kind of success he’s had. Wilson has led the Seahawks to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons, the only miss coming in 2017 when Seattle finished 9-7. He won a Super Bowl in his second season and got back to the championship game a year later before making the one major mistake of his career that will linger until he wins another title, throwing a goal line interception in the final minute when the Seahawks had a chance to take the lead on New England.Wilson has shelved the stigma of short quarterbacks being unable to play in the NFL. He’s also been extremely durable, never missing a game while playing through significant knee, ankle and shoulder injuries.By: Tim Booth, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hero XPulse 200, XPulse 200T: Price expectation, specifications and more details

first_imgCome May 1, 2019, and Hero MotoCorp will launch XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T (Tourer) in India. The two motorcycles will be the new products in the company’s arsenal, which already has the likes of Xtreme 200R, Karizma ZMR, Xtreme Sports, Achiever 150, Passion Pro 110, Splendor Pro, HF Deluxe Eco, Destini 125, Maestro Edge and Pleasure.Hero XPulse 200 is an off-roader, while Hero XPulse 200T is the bike’s touring version and was showcased first at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy.Expectations are that Hero XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T will be priced under Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom). The main rival of Hero XPulse 200 will be Royal Enfield Himalayan. Hero XPulse 200T is the bike’s touring version.Hero XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T will be available with the engine we see with Hero Xtreme 200R. Powering Xtreme 200R is a single-cylinder, air cooled, 2-valve, 4-stroke 199.6 cc engine. This motor makes 18.3 hp and 17.1 Nm of torque and comes with a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox.Since Hero XPulse 200 will be an off-roader, its tyres and suspension will be tuned to meet the off-roading requirements. We are expecting suspension duties to be performed at the front by telescopic forks having 190 mm of travel and a monoshock at the rear having 170 mm of wheel travel. The seat will have a height of 825 mm. The bike might come with a 21-inch wheel at the front and 18-inch wheel at the rear. To enhance the style quotient, the bike will have knuckle guards and engine sump guard as well.On the contrary, Hero XPulse 200T will offer easy and comfortable riding posture based on the touring dynamics. There will be a revision in suspension as well as tyre specifications based on the touring needs. Also, the motorcycle will come with features like a digital speedometer with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation, LED head and tail lamps and single-channel ABS.advertisementALSO READ | Top 5 upcoming cars in India 2019: Hyundai Venue, MG Hector, Tata Altroz and moreALSO READ | 2020 Hyundai Creta spotted, expected to rival MG Hector, Jeep Compass, Tata HarrierALSO READ | MG Hector new TV commercial featuring Benedict Cumberbatch releasedlast_img read more

Mandira Bedi and Parineeti Chopra show off their enviable figures on Yoga Day 2019

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 15:00 IST Mandira Bedi and Parineeti Chopra celebrate International Yoga Day 2019It’s International Day of Yoga 2019, and like everyone, Bollywood stars, too, are busy celebrating it by flaunting their fit side through pictures and videos.Mandira Bedi and Parineeti Chopra also joined band of celebrities in showing off their fit bodies while doing yoga asanas.Parineeti took to her Instagram account to share a picture of her nailing a yoga pose, while showing off her stretching skills and enviable body.She captioned the picture, “For flexibilty, strength and mental peace. I love yoga. #InternationalYogaDay.”For the picture, Parineeti donned an all-black ensemble and looked undeniably hot in it.She opted for a black sheer sports bra and black gym mini shorts with black ankle supports and gloves. She styled her look with a sleek ponytail and no-makeup look.As for Mandira, she posted her yoga video with the caption, “Wishing a healthful year ahead to all on the occasion of #internationalyogaday. #day39 #40daychallenge 2km run, 1 hour session of Yoga.”In the video, Mandira can be seen nailing a headstand, which is a part of a workout challenge that she has taken up for a healthy lifestyle.advertisementBaring her washboard abs, she opted for a multi-coloured sports bra and black gym tights for her yoga session.This is the fifth edition of Yoga Day, after UN General Assembly had declared in December 2014 that June 21 would be observed as International Day of Yoga every year.ALSO SEE | International Yoga Day 2019: Shilpa Shetty to Bipasha Basu, Bollywood stars nail yoga asanasALSO WATCH | PM Modi leads 5th edition of International Yoga Day in RanchiGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Parineeti ChopraFollow Mandira Bedi Next Mandira Bedi and Parineeti Chopra show off their enviable figures on Yoga Day 2019Mandira Bedi and Parineeti Chopra joined Bollywood celebrities in showing off their fit bodies while doing yoga asanas on International Yoga Day today by putting pictures and videos on Instagram.advertisementlast_img read more

Tennor Holding Acquires Germanys FSG Shipyard

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has been acquired by the investment company Tennor Holding.Following the acquisition of all remaining shares in FSG from Siem Europe, Tennor Holding has become the sole owner of the Flensburg-based shipyard.In February of this year, Tennor — formerly Sapinda Holding — became the principal shareholder in the business. Tennor then agreed to purchase 76% of the shares in FSG. As explained, the investment has been part of FSG’s reorganization aimed at ensuring the continuation of the shipyard’s business operations.Siem Europe first became a shareholder in FSG in September 2014 and over the past five years has been the main purchaser of vessels produced at the yard, which has included the construction of eight large roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels.On August 30, 2019, FSG handed over the seventh RoRo newbuilding to Siem. Named Leevsten, the 32,887 GT ferry features a length of 209.8 meters and a width of 26 meters.The eighth ship currently being built for Siem is scheduled to be launched at the end of October this year, according to FSG.last_img read more

Winners and losers in Mondays BC budget

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s fledgling New Democrat government released its interim budget after taking power in July.Here is a look at some of the winners and losers:Winners:Students and teachers: The government announced $681 million over three years for the education system, including hiring 3,500 teachers and ensuring smaller classrooms. The NDP government is also providing capital funding of $50 million to address space requirements.Renters and the homeless: An investment of $208 million over four years will support the construction of more than 1,700 new units of affordable rental housing in communities across B.C. Another $291 million will be spent building 2,000 modular supportive housing units for the homeless and $172 million over three years will go toward operating them and providing 24-7 staffing and supports.Parents: The budget increased provincial funding for early childhood development and child care to $330 million this fiscal year to support up to 4,100 new child care spaces. It did not mention $10-a-day child care, which was a key promise of the NDP campaign, but it said the government will work over the next few months to develop a long-term plan for universal child care.Small business owners: Sales tax on electricity purchases by businesses is being phased out and the small business corporate income tax rate is being lowered to 2 per cent from 2.5 per cent.Medical services premium payers: Premiums will be cut by 50 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2018, and the income threshold at which households are fully exempt is increased by $2,000.Losers:Corporate businesses: The general corporate income tax rate will rise to 12 per cent from 11 per cent. Jock Finlayson, B.C. Business Council vice president, said the business community expected the tax changes as they were part of the NDP’s election platform, but “this budget isn’t going to create a lot of new investment.”High-income earners: The government has increased the individual income tax rate to 16.8 per cent from 14.7 per cent on taxable income over $150,000.Fossil fuel-dependent businesses and individuals: Starting April 1, 2018, carbon tax rates will increase by $5 per tonne annually until rates are equal to $50 per tonne on April 1, 2021. The requirement that the tax be revenue-neutral will also be removed, allowing the government to spend revenues on measures that reduce emissions.BC Hydro ratepayers: The NDP promised during its election campaign to freeze BC Hydro rates, a pledge reiterated in the premier’s mandate letter to Energy Minister Michelle Mungall, but there was no mention of a freeze in the budget tabled Monday.Ferry users: The NDP’s election platform called for the freezing of fares on major routes, a 15 per cent reduction of fares on minor routes and promised that seniors would again travel free again during the week. The commitments were not included in the budget.last_img read more

Manitoba FN organization hosting AFN election facing financial political turmoil

first_img(Pictured: Manitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWhen Assembly of First Nations chiefs on Tuesday decided to hold the election for national chief in Winnipeg this coming December, Manitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper, who will be the host, told the Halifax gathering his organization was “financially ready” to hold the event.Harper’s claim, however, is disputed by chiefs within his own organization.They paint a picture of MKO as a financially troubled organization run by a grand chief who is rapidly losing the confidence of the chiefs who elected him to the job.According to documents obtained by APTN National News and interviews with three MKO member chiefs, the organization is swimming in red ink and there is a move to oust the sitting grand chief.MKO chiefs are set to meet in Norway House, Man., next week from July 22 to 23.All three chiefs interviewed by APTN National News requested anonymity for now. The chiefs will be identified as first, second and third MKO-member chiefs.“I don’t have any confidence in Grand Chief Harper, especially in telling the truth,” said the first MKO-member chief.APTN National News requested an interview with Harper, who is Halifax at the AFN’s annual general assembly, but he declined the offer.MKO represents 30 northern Manitoba First Nation communities and some are among the poorest in the country. The organization handles about $17 million in program revenues.The chiefs interviewed by APTN National News said they questioned Harper’s claim MKO is financially ready to host the event.“That was pretty bold of him to say that…We don’t have any documentation to back up that statement that he made publicly,” said the second MKO-member chief.“I don’t think MKO is in a good financial position to host the AFN assembly,” said the third MKO-member chief.MKO spokesperson Brennan Manoakeesick said MKO would be relying on “third-party” dollars to fund the AFN election event. He said Manitoba and Tourism Winnipeg had already promised to put in $200,000 toward hosting the December gathering.“MKO has very little liability,” said Manoakeesick.Manoakeesick, however, said only Harper could answer questions about the organization’s finances.The chiefs interviewed by APTN National News said it’s difficult for them to get any accurate information on the current state of MKO’s finances.“Some of the chiefs who have asked about these improper authorizations are being vilified. We are made out to be the bad buys, basically, for trying to do the right thing,” said the second MKO-member chief.MKO is in the midst of an internal forensic audit of all its books and those of its subsidiaries by Winnipeg-based firm Lazer Grant. The audit was requested by MKO’s executive council of chiefs.The last phase of the audit, however, is being held up until MKO pays Lazer Grant for work done during the earlier stages of the audit.According to a timeline of events distributed among a select group of chiefs and obtained by APTN National News, Lazer Grant reported in January of this year that its mandate had been “severely restricted.” The timeline alleged Harper was behind efforts to curb the audit.“The mandate of Lazer Grant was arbitrarily changed by Grand Chief David Harper without a proper executive approval or a proper notice to all executive members,” said the timeline.The seeds of the forensic audit date back to an MKO executive meeting in June 2013, following the resignation of financial officer Glen Buchko. During this meeting, chiefs were able to see Buchko’s contract for the first time and it was later revealed he was making about $250,000 annually.“They were contracts that were authorized without the knowledge of the executive council,” said the second MKO-member chief. “There are serious transactions that are in question and we are very concerned.”Lazer Grant was formally engaged to launch the forensic audit in August 2013, the same month MKO received a report from an independent accountant that determined the organization faced a significant “risk” as a result of its finances.APTN National News has obtained the report sent by Bernie Shore, a Winnipeg-based accountant, to MKO that month stating he could not conduct an audit on the organization’s books because he had “not been able to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence to provide a basis for an audit opinion on the March 31, 2013, and March 31, 2012 financial statements.”Shore’s report noted MKO’s accumulated deficit for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2013, had ballooned to $976, 025. The report said MKO had accumulated an operating deficit of $609,058 by March 31, 2013. The report said this was a 71 per cent increase over the previous year’s operating deficit of $356,108.“There is a risk that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada may put the organization in co-management or worse still, the organization may be placed in a third-party administration,” stated Shore.Shore’s report recommended a major curtailing of travel costs, which rang in at $336,374 in 2013.“I would recommend that in the future travel must be on budget and that controls be put in place to ensure this doesn’t exceed budget. This is the second fiscal year where travel has consecutively been over budget. This is a critical point for the organization as MKO cannot sustain these operational losses,” stated Shore.He also recommended MKO cut the money it spends on outside consultants, which reached $178, 944 in 2013 and $255,724 in 2012.He said MKO hired consultants with “no budget lines being identified for a funding source.”Shore stated MKO’s chiefs needed to set hard guidelines on both matters.“This is bordering on a critical situation,” stated Shore.Shore also highlighted problems with the use of MKO’s Visa credit card.“There were several payments and charges on MKO Visa made during the year that were not supported by actual invoices or evidence of the purpose,” stated Shore. “Without an actual invoice and details of the purpose, evidence does not exist that the amount paid was a legitimate expenditure relating to MKO business.”The third MKO-member chief interviewed by APTN National News said the financial irregularities are especially troubling given the level of poverty faced by many of the organization’s member communities.“It is despicable, especially when he is not doing the advocacy he is supposed to do,” he said.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Canadian airline profits will fall in 2018 on higher costs Conference Board

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada’s airline profitability, which reached a 20-year high last year, is expected to soften due to higher fuel and labour costs, according to a Conference Board of Canada report.Airline pre-tax profits are forecast to drop 27 per cent to $1.32 billion as increasing costs outpace higher revenues that are forecast to approach $32 billion.Canadian airlines posted their highest revenues and profits last year since the board began collecting data in 1997.“Some of the main tailwinds Canada’s air transportation industry has benefited from in the past two years, primarily low fuel costs and a weaker loonie that is bolstering U.S. and foreign demand, will slowly reverse themselves over the next five years,” stated Conference Board economist Sabrina Bond.Still, she said that shouldn’t put the industry’s expansion and profitability at risk as air travel demand continues to grow because of strengthening employment in Canada and the United States.The Conference Board said fuel, which accounts for about a third of airline costs, will rise while employee costs will grow as new or expanded routes will require the hiring of 6,000 more people over the next five years.By 2022, the industry is expected to generate about $1.37 billion of pre-tax earnings on nearly $38 billion of revenues.The Conference Board said a continued expansion of domestic and international capacity has been a key driver of the improved revenues for the industry’s largest airlines.Strong demand and growing connecting traffic through its three hubs in Canada are expected to result in another good year in 2018, Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said during a February conference call.Canadian airports served 139.4 million passengers last year, up 5.4 per cent from 2016 and 37 per cent higher than a decade ago. The loonie’s softness helped boost international air travel in 2017, when a record 5.7 million U.S. residents flew to Canada last year.Most of the gains in U.S. travellers were serviced by Canadian airlines, which now supply seats for two-thirds of U.S. visitors.The number of non-U.S. international travellers increased to a record 6.7 million last year. While Europeans remained the largest group, more visitors from Asia, particularly China and India, have narrowed the gap. Canadian airlines added 5.9 per cent more seats to international destinations in 2017, which represents a 60 per cent growth over the last five years.A strong Canadian economy contributed to a 4.2 per cent increase in domestic travel by Canadians as nearly 77 million passengers flew within the country.The Conference Board expects the Canadian airline industry’s growth will continue, but at a slower pace as a forecasted modest appreciation in the Canadian dollar will remove some of the incentive for foreign travellers.Global airline net profits are expected to reach a record US$38.4 billion this year, defying the traditional cyclical downturn that comes about every eight years, says Julie Perovic, the senior economist for the International Air Transportation Association.Robust operating margins in North America have contributed about half of the industry’s profitability over the last couple of years.The last downturn was in 2009, around the time of the global financial crisis, but she said there probably isn’t a need for concern at the moment.“We’ve seen quite strong global economic growth or GDP over the past couple of years and we feel that that is going to continue into 2018 and it’s going to help us sustain further growth in air travel markets,” she told an IATA conference this week in Montreal.Global demand is expected to slip to around six per cent from 7.5 per cent in 2017.Still, she said rising costs are a key concern. Jet fuel is expected to increase a little more than crude to about US$74 per barrel from US$65 last year. Non-fuel costs, including labour, are forecast to more than double from two per cent in 2017.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Wont allow Bangladeshi soil to be used by any terror outfit Hasina

first_imgDhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday assured her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that her government would never allow the country’s soil to be used by any terrorist organisation under its “zero tolerance policy”. Dhaka was firmly committed to stamp out terrorism from the South Asian region through bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation, she said after jointly inaugurating four projects in Bangladesh with Prime Minister Modi through video-conferencing. Terming the spread of radicalism as a “grave threat” not only to the two countries but to the entire region, India and Bangladesh last year resolved to step up anti-terror cooperation. “We remain steadfast in our resolve to root out the scourge of terrorism from our region and beyond through bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation,” Hasina said. The Bangladesh premier said her government would never allow Bangladesh soil to be used by any terrorist organisation under its “zero tolerance policy” against terrorism “in all its forms and manifestations”. Hasina also expressed her “utmost sympathy” for the family members of the Indian paramilitary police personnel who were killed in last month’s terror attack in Pulwama in Kashmir. “We reiterate our strong condemnation of this dastardly act,” she said. A suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, the incident led to flaring up of tensions between India and Pakistan. Hasina said that the relations between Dhaka and New Delhi is now a “role model” of good neighbours for the rest of the world as a result of multi-faceted and multi-dimensional cooperation. “I strongly believe this momentum will continue,” she said. The Bangladesh premier said over the last decade, two countries have witnessed remarkable progress on cooperation in different conventional and unconventional areas like security, power, trade and commerce, energy, connectivity, infrastructure development, environment, renewable energy, education, culture, people-to-people contact and health. She said at the same time, the two countries have expanded cooperation in new areas like blue economy and maritime cooperation, peaceful uses of the nuclear energy, cooperation in outer space, internet bandwidth sharing, cyber security etc. The two prime ministers joined the video-conferencing from their offices in Dhaka and New Delhi and jointly inaugurated the four projects by unveiling the e-plaques. The four projects launched on Monday include, supply of Double Decker and Single Decker AC and Non-AC Buses and Trucks to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (under the second Line of Credit); 36 Community Clinics in five north and northeastern Bangladesh districts bordering India with an aid from Indian government; setting up of 11 Water Treatment Plants in two southwestern cities and the extension of India’s National Knowledge Network (NKN) to Bangladesh. The NKN is a multi-gigabit National Research and Education Network (NREN) which provides a unified high speed network backbone for educational institutions in India. Apart from Hasina and Modi, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen and his Indian counterpart Sushama Swaraj also spoke through video-conferenceing.last_img read more

Top UN envoy welcomes certification of Afghan poll results

24 November 2010The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today welcomed the certification of nearly all the final results for September’s legislative elections, adding that the formation of a new parliament will be a major step on the country’s path to building stability. Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) has finalized the results in 34 out of the 35 constituencies in the 18 September elections for the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, and said it will take more time to certify the results in Ghazni province.Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the final certification is the culmination of many months of dedicated work by the IEC and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).“While we have noted that there were many irregularities and much fraud committed during this election, the committed work of the IEC and the ECC to identify and deal with these problems marks a significant step in the development of Afghanistan’s national electoral capacity,” he said in a statement.“The formation of a new parliament will be a major step in Afghanistan’s path to improving its democratic governance and the capacity of Afghan institutions to deliver services to the Afghan people. “These improvements are an essential element in Afghanistan’s efforts to build stability and sustainable peace,” he added.Some 2,500 candidates – including nearly 400 women – vied for the parliament’s 249 seats covering all 34 Afghan provinces, plus the Kuchi constituency. read more

Efforts to erect slavery memorial at UN move forward with pact on

7 July 2011Efforts to build a permanent memorial at the United Nations honouring the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade moved forward today with the signing of an agreement covering the international competition for the design of the structure as well as the administration of a trust fund for its construction. The Permanent Memorial Committee on Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade signed the tripartite memorandum of understanding with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which will organize the design competition, and the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP), whose role will be to manage the trust fund.“We have as of this day a little under $1 million in contributions received from governments, but our goal is much more,” Venketachalam Krishnan of UNOP said at a news conference at UN Headquarters after the signing of the memorandum of understanding.Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica, the chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee, said $4.5 million is required to establish the monument.“We are appealing to corporate entities across the world, philanthropists, private sector people – people with resources, some of whose corporations have that legacy of slavery – we need corporate sponsorship to help put us within budget,” said Mr. Wolfe.The memorial, to be erected at UN Headquarters in New York, will be a reminder that millions of Africans were violently removed from their homelands, abused and robbed of their dignity.“It is right that we should have this monument. It will right a wrong, which is that the international community has never before acknowledged this tragedy, and we think that the monument should be a tangible manifestation of what the UN and the UN Charter stand for,” said Mr. Wolfe.Jamaica, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Group of representatives at the UN are leading the initiative to set up the permanent memorial. read more

Human rights activist briefly detained at airport

“While I was being questioned, other officers appeared to be checking from the TID head office in Colombo whether to allow me to proceed to my flight or not. They appeared to be trying to expedite the process to ensure I will not miss the flight,” he said.Fernando said that later the Attorney General’s department and TID head office has been contacted through his lawyers. He said that photocopies of his travel documents were also taken and they also appeared to examine a file they had. Human rights activist Ruki Fernando was briefly detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday.Fernando said that he was detained when he arrived at the airport to travel to London. “I was asked by the officer at the immigration counter to get clearance from an office I understood to be an office of the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID), situated next to the immigration counters. Inside this office, I was questioned whether I have a case pending, where I was traveling, purpose of my travel, my work and personal details, including addresses and phone number, details of family members etc. An officer wrote down my answers, but I was not shown what was written and I was not asked to sign any documents,” he said. “One of my lawyers who was also traveling overseas and had cleared immigration already, was requested to come into the office I was being kept to speak to me and officers who were questioning me. But she was not allowed and had to stand outside while I was being questioned. This appeared to be a violation of recent recommendation of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka to strengthen suspects access to lawyers, especially by providing access before statements are recorded” Fernando added.Fernando says finally he was informed that he was free to travel but when he asked the officer in charge what was the reason he was detained and questioned the officer pointed out that there was very limited time left for his flight and suggested he proceed to the flight rather than discuss this further and risk missing his flight. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Vote Which Royal does Princess Charlotte look the most like

first_img Loading… Princess Charlotte is celebrating her second birthday, and her mother the Duchess of Cambridge has released a photograph of her.Many were excited to see the new picture of the Royal child, and have been discussing who she most resembles.Does she look like her mother? Or does she look more like the Queen?Vote below – the votes of other people as well as yours will create a ranking. 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.last_img read more

Allegri We have to win the Champions League to raise the

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri admits the only way Juventus can raise the standard after winning numerous Italian League titles is by ending their Champions League hoodoo.The Bianconeri Coach and some of Juve stars opened up about their ambitions for the current campaign.“The team is doing very well and the history of Juve speaks clear: in the last seven years, there have been seven Serie A titles and two Champions League Finals,” Allegri told Football Italia.“Maintaining that level is increasingly difficult. If we want to raise the bar, even more, there’s only one thing to do: win the Champions League.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“There is a strong contender that we will certainly find at the end of the Champions League and that’s Barcelona,” continued Allegri.“We must be ready. From March onwards, it’s a different tournament where we also need a bit of luck, no injuries and everyone in good shape.“The Champions League is made up of incidents and moments, so we must be both smart and fortunate. Serie A remains the number one target and that is more like a cycling race decided over many stages. Then there’s the Coppa Italia.”last_img read more

Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage

first_imgWASHINGTON — A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and to ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts is on the brink of passing the Senate Wednesday despite increasing political heat over a proposal to curb the growth of the pensions claimed by working age military retirees.The Senate is on track to clear the bill for President Barack Obama’s signature after a 67-33 vote Tuesday in which it easily hurdled a filibuster threshold.The measure would restore $45 billion, half the amount scheduled to be automatically cut from the 2014 operating budgets of the Pentagon and some domestic agencies, lifting them above $1 trillion. An additional $18 billion for 2015 would provide enough relief to essentially freeze spending at those levels for the year.The bill advanced with the help of 12 Republicans, several of whom promised to oppose the measure in Wednesday’s final vote because it fails to take on the nation’s most pressing fiscal challenges. It would barely dent deficits that are predicted to lessen in the short term but grow larger by the end of the decade and into the next.One provision, cutting the inflation increases of pensions for military retirees under the age of 62, was proving to be especially unpopular. Members of the military are eligible to retire after 20 years at half pay. The provision was included in the bill at the direction of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.last_img read more

Cops told to create awareness on road safety

first_imgVikarabad: District Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam suggested both police and regional transport departments work jointly to reduce the road accidents in the district. A meeting on road safety was held here at conference hall on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, the Collector said encourage two-wheeler raiders to wear helmets. Impose fines on those who violate the rule, she added. She also said an awareness campaign should be held during the meetings of women self-help groups, so that the women could encourage their men to wear helmets. Also Read – School students take out rallies seeking justice for Harshini in Mahbubnagar Advertise With Us She directed concerned authorities to regulate the traffic wherever is necessary. The Collector emphasised about creating awareness on safe driving. She instructed the authorities to lay roads for smooth riding and arrange speed breakers to control the speed. SP Narayana said people should not consume alcohol publicly by parking vehicles in front of the wine shops. The owners of the shops be alerted on this issue. Additional SP R Bhaskar, RTO Dr Vani, DM&HO Sudhakar, EE (PR) Manohar Rao, municipal commissioner Bhogeshwarlu, DCSO Padmaja and others were present.last_img read more

Analysis On Immigrants Death Penalty And Pot Texans Views Now Look More

first_imgAbout 25 immigrant mothers and their children caught coming across the Texas-Mexico border are released at the McAllen bus station wearing ankle monitors on June 22, 2018.If Texas ever really played counterpoint to national political trends, it’s not doing it now. On many issues, the state is behaving a lot like the rest of the country, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Start on the Mexican border. Texas Republicans running for president have sometimes had difficulty explaining their border policies to voters in places like Iowa and New Hampshire. It happened in some measure to George W. Bush and, famously, to Rick Perry: Remember that “I don’t think you have a heart” line about U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants during a 2012 presidential debate?That might’ve been a good answer at home, but it didn’t play on the road.That was six years ago. The latest UT/TT Poll shows Texas Republicans breaking pretty much the same way Republicans elsewhere broke on the immigration story of the moment. As they have for years, more than half of the self-identified Republicans among the state’s registered voters listed “immigration” and “border security” as the top two problems facing the state.But the Republican consensus splintered over separating children from parents who illegally enter the U.S. – with about a third opposed to the policy. Instead of that being the kind of local reaction you might expect along the biggest part of the U.S.-Mexico border, it turned out to be just the local version of a national break among Republican voters so significant that the president reversed his political position with an executive order.Texas Democrats were predictably and overwhelmingly opposed to the administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy on the border. Overall, more Texas Republicans approved of the separation than otherwise (46 percent to 35 percent), but the gender gap was unnerving in an election year: Republican women oppose separations, 37 percent to 42 percent, while Republican men support them, 56 percent to 30 percent.Texans are more like the country in liberal ways, too. Texas Democrats used to be more like Texas Republicans on the death penalty, but now they’re more like national Democrats — an unusual change of direction on what had been a pretty stable issue in terms of public opinion. In this year’s poll, 85 percent of Republicans favor the death penalty for violent crimes, compared with 88 percent in a February 2015 UT/TT Poll. That’s an insignificant change, but look at the Democrats, who dropped from 61 percent support then to 46 percent support now.Both parties are loosening their resistance to legal marijuana. More than half of Texas registered voters now say it should be legalized. Republicans in Texas added a decriminalization plank to their platform this year, saying the penalty for small amounts ought to be more akin to a traffic violation than a bank robbery: more tickets, fewer incarcerations.More often, the poll provided evidence that politics in Texas is just as dispiritingly polarized as it is in the rest of the country.The Texas Republicans whose two favorites in the last presidential race faltered (Cruz and Perry) are now unreservedly in President Donald Trump’s corner. Not by a little, but by a lot: 87 percent of them approve of the job Trump is doing, including 55 percent who strongly approve.Democrats are just as emphatic, in the opposite direction: 84 percent disapprove, including 75 percent who disapprove strongly.That political polarity shows up in national polls, and it was all over the Texas responses.Texas Republicans are so with Trump that they’re against the nation’s top law enforcement agency: 45 percent of Texas Republicans have a negative opinion of the FBI, while 27 percent have a positive opinion. Democrats were 62 percent positive and just 11 percent negative.They’re so bound to the party that they’re ignoring the results of Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian tampering with the 2016 elections. On one hand, 58 percent of voters said they’ve heard a lot about the investigations. But 81 percent of Republicans believe that the purpose of the inquiries is to discredit the president, and 78 percent said Mueller hasn’t uncovered any crimes.He has obtained 17 indictments and 5 convictions. Wouldn’t you know that if you’d been following this closely?They’re so in sync with the president that they reach for their noses when you ask these football-crazy conservatives about the NFL — an organization he condemned after players began protests against police shootings by sitting out or kneeling during the national anthem. Only 14 percent of Republicans have a favorable impression of the league, while 65 percent have an unfavorable one. Democrats are lukewarm on this one —38 percent favorable and 28 percent unfavorable — but they’re more positive than not.You know politics has soured when it comes between Texans and football.The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of themhere. Sharelast_img read more

Charter Reaches 174 Million Settlement on InternetThrottling Fraud Suit

first_imgCharter Communications agreed to a settlement valued at $174.2 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging the U.S.’s second-biggest cable operator defrauded broadband customers by failing to deliver promised internet speeds.According to the terms of the settlement with the New York Attorney General’s Office, Charter will pay $62.5 million in direct refunds to 700,000 active broadband subscribers in New York, who will each receive between $75 and $150. In addition, Charter has agreed to offer free streaming services and HBO and Showtime premium channels with a retail value of over $100 million to approximately 2.2 million active subscribers in the state.The New York Attorney General’s Office said it’s believed to be the biggest-ever payout to consumers by an internet service provider in U.S. history. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img “This settlement should serve as a wake-up call to any company serving New York consumers: fulfill your promises, or pay the price,” New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood said in announcing the settlement Tuesday.The agreement settles the NY Attorney General’s 2017 lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, alleging Charter failed to deliver the internet speed or reliability it had promised subscribers in several respects. The fraud allegations covered services initially operated by Time Warner Cable, which was acquired by Charter in 2016.According to the complaint, Charter (and Time Warner Cable before it) leased “deficient modems and wireless routers” to subscribers that didn’t deliver the internet speeds they had paid for. The operator also did not maintain enough network capacity to reliably deliver advertised speeds to subscribers, and Charter engaged “in hardball tactics with Netflix and other popular third-party content providers” that resulted in degraded streaming video quality.In a statement, Charter said: “We are pleased to have reached a settlement with the Attorney General on the issue of certain Time Warner Cable advertising practices in New York prior to our merger, and to have put this litigation behind us. Charter has made, and continues to make, substantial investments enhancing internet service across the state of New York since our 2016 merger, as acknowledged by the Attorney General in this settlement. We look forward to continue providing the best TV, internet, voice and mobile products to our customers, and to bringing broadband to more homes and businesses across the state.”Under the settlement, Charter’s Spectrum Internet subscribers in New York will have a choice of either three free months of HBO or six free months of Showtime. All other active Charter internet subscribers will receive a free month of Charter’s Spectrum TV Choice streaming service, which lets customers access broadcast TV stations and a choice of 10 pay-TV networks, along with one free month of Showtime.In addition, Charter is required to implement a series of “marketing and business reforms,” according to the New York AG, including the requirement to describe internet speeds as “wired” and to “substantiate them through regular speed testing.”last_img read more

10 injured when passenger van tire blows

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Ten tourists were injured when a tire blew on the passenger van they were in heading to Holbox.The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. along the El Tintal-Playa del Carmen highway at kilometer 41 of the 44-kilometer-long road. A passenger van carrying a load of visitors bound for Holbox ended up in the brush after one of its tires burst.The moment the tire gave way, reports say the driver of the unit lost control. The van left the highway and skilled for nearly 20 meters before finally coming to a stop in the brush.Passing motorists stopped to help those inside the van while others called Emergency 911.Police, medical personnel and ambulances arrived. All 10 passengers received injuries and were transported to hospital. Only one person was reported to have multiple injuries. There were no fatalities in the accident.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Diwali celebrations to be held at palace of King Goodwill Zwelithini

first_imgKing Goodwill Zwelithini is opening the doors of his palace in Nongoma for the first time for the celebration of Deepavali as a way of fostering social cohesion.The event will be held on October 7 in conjunction with the Sivananda World Peace Foundation, which is run by businessman Ishwar Ramlutchman, whom the king regards as a son. He described the event as being a historic moment.King Zwelithini said in a statement “during Diwali, there is an air of freedom, festivity and friendliness everywhere and this brings about unity”.The event will take place at the uSutu Royal Palace on October 7 from 2pm to 6pm and will include cultural items from the Hindu and Zulu communities. The programme will end with a fireworks display.Traditional Indian vegetarian food and snacks will be prepared, such as breyani and samoosas. Strictly no meat dishes.A free bus has been arranged to depart from AK’s parking lot at 9am and return after the show on October 7.The following organisations are requested to send five delegates each to be a part of the celebrations at the king’s palace: WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Arya Samaj, Hindu Thirukootam and Shree Ganaser Temple, The Ramakrishna Centre, Sanathan Dharma Sabha (SDS), Sri Prabhu Hanuman Mandir, Shri Siva Soobramoniar Temple, Young Hindu Cultural Service Society (YHCSS), Ladysmith Association For The Aged (LAFTA), Ladysmith SAI Centre and the Hare Krishna Centre.Also read: Happy Diwali to all celebratingAlso read: Young and old at Diwali celebrationsRegistration for the celebrations is to be done at Peter’s Photos, with Mrs Ritha Singh, during office hours. They can be contacted on 0366310708The closing date for registration is October 4. For more information, Sunny Dhanooklal can be contacted on 0834555503Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more