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NCP, BJP lock horns in graduate constituency

first_imgThe NCP has geared up to ensure the defeat of BJP candidate Niranjan Davkhare in the Konkan graduate constituency election to be held on June 25.The NCP will be fielding Najib Mulla, Mumbra MLA and close associate of party MLA Jitendra Awhad. Mr. Awhad said, “Najib will be taking on the BJP candidate Davkhare. We are fighting to win this election. Those who wanted to leave have defected from the party. Now those who have faith in the party will be given an opportunity. We will ensure the BJP loses this election.”Sources in the party said that NCP chief Sharad Pawar had held a meeting of senior party leaders last week and instructed the cadre to ensure Mr. Davkhare’s defeat. A senior NCP leader on condition of anonymity said, “First of all, party leaders are hurt over his decision to join the BJP. Secondly, letting him win the seat would send a wrong message among party activists that anyone who joins the BJP gets the position of power. We cannot let that happen and therefore he has to be defeated.”For the Konkan graduate constituency, which is spread across Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar and Thane, the NCP have tied up with the Peasants and Workers Party. It is also likely to get support of other regional parties such as the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi. A day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced that his party would be contesting future elections on its own, the party said that Thane’s former mayor Sanjay More would be its candidate.Graduate and teacher constituencies in Mumbai will also go to the polls on June 25. The graduate constituency is currently being held by Health Minister Deepak Sawant of the Sena. The party is yet to announce its candidate. Kapil Patil , belonging to Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal, currently holds the teacher constituency and will be contesting the June 25 poll.last_img read more

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Sidhu’s meet with Rahul sends ‘wrong’ signals

first_imgNavjot Singh Sidhu’s visit to New Delhi to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi even as the former cricketer remains a minister without portfolio after having been divested of his originally assigned ministries, and given that he is yet to take charge of the newly allotted responsibility, has sparked speculation that he has sought the “high command’s” intervention in his tussle with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. As part of a post-poll cabinet reshuffle last week, Capt. Amarinder had divested Mr. Sidhu of the key Local Government portfolio and allocated him Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources.Mr. Sidhu, who met Mr. Gandhi, general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and veteran leader Ahmed Patel on Monday, is learnt to have apprised the “high command” about being singled out “unfairly” in the cabinet rejig on the pretext of party’s “poor performance” in the urban areas of the State in the general elections.That Mr. Gandhi, who had avoided meeting most senior party leaders including Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled States since the poll debacle and the Congress Working Committee meeting last month, agreed to meet Mr. Sidhu has drawn criticism from political analysts. “Cabinet reshuffle is prerogative of the Chief Minister and after the reshuffle has been done, if now the old portfolio of Mr. Sidhu is reinstated it would be a bad move for the party,” said Ashutosh Kumar, professor of Political Science at Panjab University. “Mr. Sidhu’s audience with the high command also hints that Congress’s culture of keeping alive dissidence at the State level against the State leadership is not dead,” he remarked.“Capt. Amarinder is a mass leader who has in the past threatened the high command to break the party in case he was not declared as chief ministerial candidate in 2017,” Prof. Kumar observed. “Capt. Amarinder, after the Assembly polls and Lok Sabha polls, has emerged as a strong leader and on the other hand Congress’s high command looks weak after its performance in the Lok Sabha polls,” he asserted.Any effort to push for the reinstatement of Mr. Sidhu as the Local Government minister in an attempt to resolve the ongoing tussle in the State unit risked undermining the Chief Minister’s authority and further worsening the rift within the party in Punjab, Mr. Kumar opined. The party, however, downplayed the significance of Mr. Sidhu’s meeting, with Asha Kumari, the AICC incharge of Punjab affairs, asserting that every Congressman was ‘entitled’ to meet the Congress president. “As far as his [Mr. Sidhu’s] taking charge of the new portfolio is concerned, if Mr. Sidhu does not desire it’s entirely his wish. He [Mr. Sidhu] is a minister of Capt. Amarinder’s cabinet and it’s for the Chief Minister to decide who will hold which portfolio,” Ms. Kumari added.Ronki Ram, Dean at the Department of Social Science at Panjab University, said Mr. Sidhu’s meeting with the party’s central leadership appeared like an attempt at capturing a “power stronghold”. “If the Chief Minister has to take decision on the dictation of party high command, it’s not in good taste,” asserted Prof. Ram. “This shows party is highly centralised,” he added.The two Punjab leaders have been openly at loggerheads in recent months with Mr. Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu accusing Capt. Amarinder of blocking her Lok Sabha candidacy from Chandigarh. Later, the chief minister had asserted that “Sidhu’s remarks ahead of polling” had affected the party’s performance. He had also blamed Mr. Sidhu’s poor handling of the key local bodies portfolio as another factor for the Congress’s “poor performance” in urban areas. Mr. Sidhu had retorted by asserting that he was being “singled out publicly” even though urban areas had played a critical role in the party’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress won 8 of the 13 seats it contested, improving on its 2014 tally of just 3.last_img read more

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IPL 2019 – Reunion in the making : Sunrisers Hyderabad open to trade Shikhar…

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: News NationIn a surprising rise of events, Sunrisers Hyderabad expressed their intent to trade off their marquee batsman and former captain Shikhar Dhawan. As per reports, Mumbai Indians are in the lead to sign the left-handed opener.A source from Sunrisers Hyderabad stated to Mumbai Mirror:“If we get a couple of good players as a trade-off, we’re open to it,”The Indian opener was reportedly upset after the franchise did not opt to retain him with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and David Warner given preference. Despite the squad retaining him at the auction with the help of a Right To Match card, Dhawan only bagged INR 5.2 Cr, which is exceedingly less than what the retained players earned.Moreover, the 32-year-old was involved in an argument with head coach Tom Moody during IPL 2018. Although the southpaw from Delhi has two years remaining in his contract, Dhawan has apparently expressed his desire to leave the side.Apart from that, it is learned that Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is interested as well to bring his national side opener over to the franchise in the west. This would see Dhawan making a return to the franchise where he spent a season at during the initial stages of his career.Mumbai Indians will face stern competition in the race to sign the flamboyant opener as Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils are vying for the services of Dhawan as well.The first trade period will end before a week of the IPL auctions which is slated to take place on December 16 in Goa.Mumbai Indians recently made their first trade official after acquiring Quinton De Kock from Royal Challengers Bangalore for a sum of INR 2.6 Cr. The franchise also released Muztafizur Rahman and Akila Dananjaya.Read Also:After smashing a century against WI, Rohit Sharma pens a thoughtful tribute to retiring pacer Praveen KumarDhoni, Gambhir reportedly set to contest on BJP tickets in the 2019 General elections Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mercedes posts record sales in India in FY16 at 13,558 units

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today reported its best ever sales in a fiscal in India at 13,558 units, up 20.91 per cent from the previous year.The company had posted sales of 11,213 units in 2014-15, which was the previous best, Mercedes-Benz India said in a statement.For the January to March 2016 period, the company said it posted its best ever quarterly sales at 3,622 units, as against 3,566 units in the year-ago period, up 1.6 per cent.The Q1 sales momentum achieved is significant against the backdrop of the ban on 2,000 cc above diesel engines in the key Delhi and NCR market, successive price hikes and a lack of incentives for the automotive sector in the Union Budget, it added.Commenting on the companys sales performance, Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director & CEO Roland Folger said: “It is a significant achievement for us, as we have maintained our growth momentum in Q1 2016, despite facing multiple market challenges.”The firm has been able to compensate the negative sales impact in the Delhi and NCR market, with a strong double digit growth achieved in most other markets across the country, he added.The companys network expansion drive also enhanced its growth story even further with new customers opting for a Mercedes-Benz, Folger said.The sales growth in the January-March 2016 quarter was led by the E-Class, celebrating 20 years in India, the company said, while the C-Class also was a significant volume contributor.Rival Jaguar Land Rover India also reported 45 per cent for the three month period, crossing 1,000 units, on the back of robust demand for sales of its recently launched new models such as all-new Jaguar XE and Discovery Sport. PTI RKL ABIadvertisementlast_img read more

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UP coach Bo Perasol to appeal 3-game ban, says it’s ‘too much’

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–Calling the punishment excessive, University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol will appeal his three-game suspension slapped by the UAAP, which took into account his “continuous flagrant acts of aggression” towards a game official in the Fighting Maroons’ 63-89 loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Perasol’s ejection merited an automatic one-game ban as part of the tournament guidelines, but UAAP commissioner Jensen Ilagan handed an additional two-game ban for the UP mentor’s action towards referee Jaime Rivano even after being restrained repeatedly by his players.READ: UP coach Bo Perasol suspended 3 games for outburst in loss to AteneoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“After thorough review and careful deliberation made by the technical committee, we deemed it fit that the penalty of three-game suspension handed to coach Bo Perasol for his actions in the game between Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines last Sunday,” said Ilagan in a statement.“Do acknowledge that similar actions of the same grain shall be dealt with similar penalties.” LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Magic make few roster moves, expect to win after playoff run For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Perasol, whose Fighting Maroons are at second spot with a 5-2 record, said appealing the decision is the “most rational action to do” as the tournament is already at a critical stretch.READ: Perasol urges UP community to rally behind Maroons ‘come what may’“I’ve already said my piece about regretting what I did,” said Perasol in a message to the Inquirer. “A three-game suspension for an ejection is just too much. More importantly, because the tournament is in its critical stage going into the second round. That’s practically half of the second round.”Pending his appeal, Perasol will serve his suspension during UP’s games against Far Eastern University (October 6), University of the East (October 12), and University of Santo Tomas (October 16). Ricky Dandan will call the shots for the Fighting Maroons in lieu of Perasol.READ: Perasol sorry after losing his cool in UP loss to Ateneo: ‘I need to be better’ADVERTISEMENT Ilagan hopes the incident will serve as a lesson for the rest of the teams in the league to “exhibit tremendous restraint and discipline not just towards officials but everyone on the court.”“We’d also like to remind the teams that there are proper avenues to raise these contradictions and complaints to protect the sanctity of the game we all love,” Ilagan added.last_img read more

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The Kapil Sharma Show: Kiku Sharda goes blonde in new avatar, gifts Kapil a sari

first_imgAfter Chandu’s (Chandan Prabhakar) mother Chandni made a smashing entry on the show, it’s Kiku Sharda aka Bachcha Yadav’s twin brother to steal the limelight. In his new avatar, Kiku is seen as Achcha Yadav from London and is seen sporting blonde hair.Achcha Yadav feels Kapil is an achcha aadmi (nice human being) and has brought a sari as a gift for the comedian. When Kapil asks why a sari, Achcha says it’s because he makes everyone on his show wear one and it’s now his turn.Ek se bhale do! Baccha Yadav se toh aap waakif hai hi, ab miliye Accha Yadav se #TheKapilSharmaShow mein, Sat-Sun raat 9:30 baje sirf Sony par. pic.twitter.com/y7RPBeNzLP Sony TV (@SonyTV) June 26, 2019Kiku Sharda is known for his funny one-liners or PJs and has been playing various characters on the show. In the first season of TKSS, Kiku was seen along with Sunil Grover as Santosh, Rinku Bhabhi’s sister-in-law. He also played Bumper on the show. He has been associated with Kapil Sharma since his Comedy Nights days and had at that time played characters like Palak, Lachha, Pankhuri among others.Apart from The Kapil Sharma Show, Kiku has in the past worked in shows like Partners Trouble Ho Gayi Double, FIR, Har Mushkil Ka Hal Akbar Birbal, Agadam Bagdam Tigdam.Chandan’s new avatar on the showChandan Prabhakar recently played a woman character for the first time on The Kapil Sharma Show and his new avatar was loved by one and all. Chandan played Chandu’s mother Chandni who came to avenge her son’s insult and is in no mood to spare anyone.advertisementEven Kapil and Krushna Abhishek were left dumbfounded with Chandni’s baahubali style entry. “Jo aurat apne bachche ko mandir ki seedhiyon par chhod kar aa gayi thi, aaj wahi aurat apne bachche ke dhaabe ke liye tumhare show ki seedhiyan chadh kar aa gayi hai,” he said.Chandni lashed out at Kapil saying, “jab mere Chandu ke baare mein bolte ho to mujhe dukh nahi hota.” When Kapil tries to say something, she doesn’t let him complete the sentence. “Saara to tum kaam karte ho, mere bete ko tumne oye hoye karne ke liye rakha hua hai.”The mother of all laughter riots is here! How will Kapil deal with Chandu’s Mother? Be sure you don’t miss #TheKapilSharmaShow, Sat-Sun at 9:30 PM.@KapilSharmaK9 @kikusharda @haanjichandan @Krushna_KAS @bharti_lalli @sumona24 @RochelleMRao @trulyedward @banijayasia @apshaha pic.twitter.com/t16XZ4saA0— Sony TV (@SonyTV) June 14, 2019Also read | The Kapil Sharma Show: Chandan Prabhakar dons a new avatar, leaves Kapil Sharma flabbergastedAlso read | Sumona Chakravarti couldn’t take Kapil Sharma’s call on her birthday for this reasonlast_img read more

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Important for me to cement my position in Indian team: Shreyas Iyer

first_imgMiddle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer is hoping that rain doesn’t play spoilsport in the next two ODIs against the West Indies and gives him the opportunity to cement his spot in the Indian team.Iyer, who has a couple of half-centuries in the five ODI innings he has played so far for the national side, is coming into the team after an year and is eager to make the most of the opportunities that he believes will come his way if weather permits in the ongoing ODI series in the Caribbean.”It’s really important for me as a youngster, coming into the side after a year again to cement my position,” Iyer said on Saturday ahead of the second ODI.”When you have to cement your position, you will be needing opportunities, and I feel that I will be getting that opportunity this time and I will be making the best use of it,” he added.Ever since the World Cup, India haven’t had a chance to discuss the much-debated number four spot so far as the first ODI got washed out. However, Iyer said the team will experiment and give several players a chance to bat and cement that spot.That means KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Iyer could get a chance to play at that spot in the next couple of matches in the Caribbean island.”It’s totally the management’s decision where they want to play me,” he said.”It’s (number four) definitely a vacant spot and they are trying to give chances to youngsters to play in that position. Currently, no one is settled in that position.advertisement”Personally, I am not thinking about batting only at number four. I want to be someone who is very flexible batting at any number or if you go into any situation you should be able to grab that opportunity and make the best use of it,” he addedThe Men in Blue were not able to practice at the ground because of rain and were forced to train indoors on Saturday.But despite the lack of practice, Iyer is looking to carry on the momentum he got from the India A matches in the Caribbean. The Delhi lad was the third-highest run-getter in the one-dayers with 187 runs in four innings and is looking to carry that form for the national side.”It’s going to be another two opportunities for me to make the best use of it,” Iyer said. “Hopefully this also doesn’t rain off. We are hardly getting any net practice. I am eager to go out there and carry forward the momentum which I got from my India A matches. Looking forward to a good series finish.”The Virat Kohli-led side appears to have left behind the World Cup debacle — where they faced a shocking semifinal exit against New Zealand — as they have gone on to thrash West Indies 3-0 in the T20Is.Iyer, 24, believes the key to success for the team in the recent years has been the fact that different individuals have taken responsibility at different times to see the team through.”We have just come out of T20s, which we won. The way the team is playing currently, it’s totally amazing,” he said. “If one doesn’t perform, the next one raises his hand and he takes the responsibility to take the team through and this is what has been happening throughout the year.”Also Read | Watch: Virat Kohli aces bottle cap challenge with Ravi Shastri’s commentary in backgroundAlso Read | Watch: Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav play cricket in their hotel corridor ahead of 2nd ODI vs West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies 2nd ODI: Dream 11 Prediction, captain and vice-captainlast_img read more

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Gundogan hails ‘father figure’ Klopp

first_imgManchester City Gundogan hails ‘father figure’ Klopp ahead of Liverpool v Manchester City Dom Farrell 00:25 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) JurgenKloppIlkayGundogan - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Liverpool Liverpool v Manchester City Premier League İ. Gündoğan Jürgen Klopp The Citizens midfielder holds Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola in high regard but views the current Reds boss as a mentor Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is preparing for a reunion with father figure Jurgen Klopp.Runaway Premier League leaders City face a stern test of their unbeaten top-flight record on Sunday, when they take on Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield.Gundogan came to prominence under Klopp’s guidance as part of his celebrated Borussia Dortmund sides but the missed out on the chance to face his old mentor last season when his debut campaign at City was curtailed by a cruciate knee ligament injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 27-year-old is now back in action under Pep Guardiola, who was a vital factor in making him decide against re-joining Klopp when a Premier League switch was on the cards in 2016.Nevertheless, Gundogan continues to hold the animated 50-year-old coach in high regard.”With Kloppo everything really started for me,” he told Sportbuzzer. “Even though I won’t forget Michael Oenning and Dieter Hecking [Gundogan’s former coaches at Bochum and Nurnberg respectively], Kloppo was like a father to me and his speeches can be extremely motivating.”There were times when he took the whip out, but he also embraced you and said, ‘Boy, everything is okay.’ He worked very well together with his assistant Zeljko Buvac who was more the tactical mastermind.”No time for looking back! Focussing on my goals in 2018. Are you too? pic.twitter.com/w0DKrItK4e— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) January 3, 2018Thomas Tuchel succeeded Klopp at Dortmund for Gundogan’s final season at Signal Iduna Park and he sees parallels between the former Mainz coach and his current manager.”When it comes to trainings and working on details, Thomas Tuchel was maybe the best coach I ever had,” he explained.”He is very similar to Pep and working with him is lots of fun. I learned a great deal about tactics, keeping your position and how to attack and defend collectively. I have the greatest respect for him.”On Guardiola, Gundogan added: “Pep played at the highest level himself. He has the gift to think like the players, no matter whether you are a superstar or a player on the bench.”He knows exactly what a professional thinks and needs in certain situations.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Falcao ‘studying’ offers to move away from Monaco

first_imgRadamel Falcao has admitted that he is “studying” offers to move away from Monaco, with the club having declined to offer him an extension to his current contract.  The forward has just one year remaining on his deal and the 33-year-old is looking for more security for his future.  The Colombian netted 15 times in Ligue 1 last season, the joint-fifth best in the league, but Monaco struggled throughout the campaign and finished 17th in the table.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Despite the struggles of the club, Falcao backed himself to play at a high level for “many years” during the second half of the campaign, though it now appears he may have to move away from the French side to do so.  “The truth is that I still have a year of contract and the club did not offer me an extension,” he said after Saturday’s 1-0 friendly win over Sampdoria. “So I have to think about my future, my family.  “I am studying the offers I have been offered. These are good opportunities for my career.  “I have to think about my family.” Among the clubs linked with the forward are Galatasaray and Valencia, and though Monaco have maintained that only an extraordinary offer would be good enough to sign him, Falcao says he believes the club understand his position on wanting to move on.  “I still have only one year of contract and it’s complicated for a player of my age,” he said.  “I think the club understands my position to give my family some peace for the future.” Falcao is still expected to be the primary scoring option for Monaco as the new season approaches. The club signed winger Gelson Martins, who spent the second half of last season with them on loan, to a permanent deal in the summer, but have not added another forward with the quality to be a direct replacement for their aging veteran. Monaco get their season underway next Friday with a clash against Lyon, a club who finished third in the table last season and will be looking to go even better this term.last_img read more

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Judge orders FDA to begin regulating ecigarettes

WASHINGTON — A federal judge is ordering the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing the health effects of e-cigarettes.The ruling handed down Wednesday says the agency abdicated its legal duty when it postponed reviewing all U.S. vaping products by several years.The American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other groups filed the federal lawsuit in Maryland last year. The groups say the lack of FDA oversight has led to an explosion in underage vaping by teenagers, threatening to hook a generation of Americans on nicotine.The FDA gained authority to regulate e-cigarettes in 2016, but it has allowed thousands of products to remain on the market without formal rules or safety standards.The agency has said government and industry need more time to prepare for regulation.Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press read more

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UN envoy inaugurates another police station in Liberia as part of overall

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Alan Doss formally handed over the Zorzor police station to the Liberia National Police (LNP) after it was reconstructed using funds provided by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The station is of particular strategic importance due to its proximity to the Guinean border, the mission said in a news release issued today.“This project is part of a broader programme for UNMIL to refurbish, rebuild and re-equip the institutions that are needed to protect people and advance justice in this country,” Mr. Doss said during handover ceremony.“UNMIL has already trained over 1,800 LNP officers and we hope to have at least 3,500 trained LNP officers deployed throughout the country by August next year,” he added, noting that the police had suffered a great deal during the war and reaffirming the UN’s commitment to restoring the force.The Zorzor station was rebuilt as one of UNMIL’s Quick Impact Projects, a scheme that so far has allocated over $700,000 for the construction and renovation of police stations, court houses, prisons and immigration facilities across Liberia.Mr. Doss also spoke about the signing earlier this week of a landmark $4 million agreement between Liberia’s Ministry of Public Works, the World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNMIL for the rehabilitation of some key roads in Lofa County, which he said will help the area “reconnect with the rest of Liberia.” read more

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Maths graduate fuelled by jealousy jailed for life for murdering his gifted

A maths graduate, who stabbed his “prodigiously gifted” girlfriend to death after she ended their three-year relationship, has been jailed for life.Joe Atkinson, 25, was “fuelled with jealousy” when he attacked Poppy Devey Waterhouse, 24, at their flat in Leeds in December last year.Poppy, who was a gifted mathematician, had ended their relationship weeks earlier and had been planning to move out of their flat.Leeds Crown Court heard on Friday how, in the early hours of December 14 last year, he burst into the flat they still shared on Richmond Hill in the city and used a kitchen knife to inflict more than 100 separate injuries all over her body.Forensic evidence showed that Poppy bravely tried to fight off her attacker, only to succumb to her injuries in the blood-stained hallway of her home. The Honourable Mr Justice Lavender told Atkinson: “Poppy Devey Waterhouse was a young woman with so much going for her.”She had earned a first class honours degree and was excelling in her chosen career. She had so many opportunities in her life, but you brought an end to that.”You put an end to it, and brought misery to the lives of her loved ones.”Claire Harris, from the CPS, said: “Poppy was bright and beautiful, with her whole future ahead of her. Atkinson cruelly and horrifically extinguished this promise.“After attacking Poppy in a vicious frenzy, Atkinson attempted to clean the scene and dispose of his clothes, only contacting the emergency services hours later. Atkinson initially claimed that he was acting in self-defence.  This was a wicked, cowardly and self-serving lie.“Today he is beginning a life sentence with a minimum term of 16 years and two months. I hope this sentence is of some comfort to Poppy’s grieving family and friends. Our thoughts remain with them.” “I now live my life with a split-screen, on one half I can see the now, and on the other half that horrific scene.” The pair had split up in October and were both seeing other people when Atkinson murdered her.The court heard that, a month before the “savage and brutal” attack, Atkinson had punched Miss Devey Waterhouse’s new boyfriend.On the night of the attack he had spent the evening at a Christmas party while she had stayed at home on the phone to her new boyfriend. After returning home, fuelled by jealousy, he burst into the flat and repeatedly stabbed her.Atkinson had initially denied murder, but changed his plea last week.Jason Pitter, prosecuting, said: “Poppy Devey Waterhouse was a prodigiously talented mathematician, who was described as brilliant and beautiful who, at the age of 24, had her whole life ahead of her.”It was a life cruelly taken away from her just before Christmas last year, because this defendant realised he was not going to be a part of this future.”As Poppy’s heartbroken family sat sobbing in the court, the prosecutor said: “He had armed himself with a kitchen knife and murdered Poppy in an unprovoked attack fuelled by jealousy.”In a powerful victim impact statement that was read out in court, Miss Devey Waterhouse’s mother, Julie Devey, said: “As a parent, my basic duty is to make sure that I keep my children safe. I failed, and I have to carry that failure with me at all times, wherever I go, whoever I am with, whatever I am doing.”She added: “I kept scraping my hands across the floorboards where she had been left screaming and dying.”I just wanted to scoop her up and save her. Poppy was a 'prodigiously talented mathematician' Joe Atkinson Joe Atkinson Poppy was a ‘prodigiously talented mathematician’ 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. read more

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79yearold drives car into Chicago Apple Store

first_imgEvery Apple Store must get its fair share of unwanted visitors, but on Sunday the Lincoln Park Apple Store in the 800th block of West North Avenue, Chicago, was visited by a car at 6:15pm.The driver was a 79-year-old man with quite impressive driving skills. Yes, he did drive into the store, but somehow he managed to only hit the glass doors with his large Lincoln Town Car. The rest of the glass-fronted store looks to remain in place based on the image above. Considering the resting position of the vehicle, it’s hard to believe the whole front of the store didn’t come crashing down.Once inside, the car smashed through a wooden table before being stopped by a wall. The store was open at the time, so it’s lucky only one person received minor injuries. At a busier time this could have been a very different story.As to the cause of the incident, that remains unknown. But as this was an Apple Store, there were more than a few people on hand to use the cameras on their phones and capture the scene. Hopefully someone was capturing video at the time and we’ll get to see that eventually, too.Based on the age of the driver I’m guessing it may have been some form of health problem that caused the crash, e.g. a heart attack. If that’s the case, and based on there only being a minor injury, I doubt Apple will choose to take serious action against him.More at Chicago Sun-Times. Image credit: Jennifer Catherinelast_img read more

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Apple liPad 3 a réalisé une première journée à la hauteur des

first_imgApple: l’iPad 3 a réalisé une première journée à la hauteur des attentesL’iPad 3 démarre bien pour son premier week-end de vente chez les détaillants, en France comme à l’international.Le nouvel iPad vendu par Apple depuis vendredi dernier a généré des files d’attente moins longues que lors de la sortie de l’iPad 2 mais ce sont pourtant des ventes supérieures qui sont attendues. Selon Le Figaro, un million de personnes avaient déjà acheté la tablette vendredi soir.En fait, si les files d’attentes étaient, à priori, moins importantes qu’à l’accoutumée, lors de lancements de produits Apple, c’est aussi parce que les points de vente sont plus nombreux. Selon l’institut statistique Gartner, le marché des tablettes devrait être aussi important que celui des PC d’ici à 2015. De plus, 368 millions d’unités devraient être vendues en 2012, toutes marques confondues. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Lancé en avril 2010, le premier iPad s’était vendu à 300.000 exemplaires, et à 3 millions en 80 jours…Un chiffre repris par la firme de Cupertino qui explique, elle, avoir vendu autant de nouvel Ipad en deux semaines que d’Ipad 1 en 80 jours. Un véritable blockbuster. En France, l’iPad 3 est vendu à 489 euros et, à défaut d’une révolution du marché des tablettes tactiles, il devrait être l’un des rois de sa catégorie en 2012. De son côté, la concurrence envisage actuellement sa “riposte”, suspendue jusqu’ici aux innovations proposées par Apple…Le 20 mars 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Senate budget would cut deep into education

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — The Washington state Senate rolled out a proposed two-year state budget Tuesday that includes cutting an additional $250 million from K-12 education.In all, the Senate budget proposal slashes $4.8 billion in state spending as it tries to fill in a $5.1 billion deficit in the next two-year period. It also includes more than $450 million in fund transfers, among other things, and leaves an ending balance of about $740 million. The Senate plan assumes $250 million in savings from wage reductions for teachers. But teacher salaries include a combination of local, federal and state money. Under the proposal, school districts would have to decide how to deal with the reduction in money.The Senate also has a plan to penalize school districts with high truancy rates — something budget writers assume will save another $95 million.Combined for about $345 million, those two cuts to education are the key difference between the Senate budget and the House proposal, which didn’t include the teacher pay cut.Last week, the House rolled out its budget proposal, which cuts $4.4 billion in spending. It also included a plan to privatize the state’s liquor distribution, earning the state a projected $300 million. But that idea has gotten a lukewarm response from Gov. Chris Gregoire and it wasn’t included in the Senate proposal.“It’s not a budget of choice, it’s a budget of necessity. Within that necessity, we have acted responsibly,” said Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means committee.last_img read more

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New name same scary vibe at haunted houses

first_imgThe Fear PDX: 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays and Oct. 22-23 and 27-30. Three themed haunts at one location: The Slaughter, where a whole family of cannibals awaits in their cabin in the woods; The Curse, where visitors must make their way through the maze of an old voodoo temple, with monsters in the shadows; and The Outbreak, where a zombie apocalypse isn’t the worst thing to stumble across. 7701 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive, Vancouver; $20 for all three, $35 for a fast pass. www.fearpdx.comFrightTown: 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 31; 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Three haunts for one price: The Witch House, where “demonic cultists” will “kill” any outsiders they can find; The Madness, where the shadowy village of Port Howard from H.P. Lovecraft’s stories comes to life; and Baron Von Goolo’s Museum of Horrors, an occult museum filled with monestrous curiosities. Rose Quarter, 1 Center Court, Portland; $22. 503-963-4400 or www.frighttown.comHaunted Ghost Town and Corn Maze: 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. Visit an Old Western town haunted by undead gunslingers and unnatural creatures, along with the new haunted corn maze in this outdoor attraction that benefits local high school performing arts programs. Recommend for ages 13 and older. Rossi Farms, 3839 N.E. 122nd Ave., Portland; $15 to $20. thehauntedghosttown.comBrian Mudgett laughed when he was asked why he changed the name of his complex of Vancouver haunted houses from “Confront Your Fears” to “The Fear PDX” this year.It comes down to what really draws people to scary attractions, he said with an amused smile.“We have a new marketing company this year, and they did a study that found that most people don’t really want to confront their own fears,” Mudgett said. “What they want to do is see their friends confront their fears (so they can laugh).”last_img read more

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Entertainment Weekly Partners with TiVo to Recommend TV Shows

first_imgAccording to ABC’s most recent Fas-Fax report, Entertainment Weekly’s single copy sales fell 7 percent during the first half of this year, but its overall paid circ rose slightly by 0.8 percent. Entertainment Weekly announced today that it has formed a partnership with digital video recorder creator TiVo Inc. that will allow EW editors to recommend TV shows to TiVo subscribers. The TiVo service will then automatically record those programs. The service is expected to launch this fall. EW’s “What to Watch” recommendations will mirror the weekly guide that the magazine has on its own Web site, EW.com, and will bear the same name. In addition, TiVo subscribers will be able to download EW video content on the TiVo service, allowing viewers to view original programming such as “Just A Minute,” “Ausiello TV,” and “Idolatry.”“This partnership creates an exciting new service for our fans, closing the loop between the entertainment choice we spotlight and our audience’s ability to connect directly to those entertainment experiences,” EW Publisher Scott Donaton said in a statement. “Additionally, it offers a whole new viewing vehicle for our original video programming currently only available on EW.com.”last_img read more

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Wilmington Sons Of Italy To Hold Christmas Dinner With The Singing Trooper

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy is holding its Annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury). The evening will feature entertainment from “The Singing Trooper” Dan Clark and his wife Mary Colarusso.Cocktails will be served at 6pm, followed by a catered surf and turf dinner from Mr. Jacks. Bova Productions will then present their Christmas Musical Extravaganza.Tickets cost $50 per person.For tickets or more information, contact Patricia Romano (617-880-9901 or jromano45[at]gmail.com).Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Sons Of Italy To Hold Dinner & Christmas Musical Extravaganza On December 29In “Community”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of December 23, 2018)In “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, December 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Jubo League man stabbed

first_imgMap of JashoreA Jubo League activist was stabbed by his rival at Purbobarandi Mathpara of Jashore on Friday night, reports UNB.The injured was Abu Taleb, 32, son of Ramiz Uddin and an activist of district unit Jubo League.Victim’s brother Abdus Samad said when his brother was returning home Moni alias Koshai Moni, a drug trader and a listed terrorist, attacked him around 9:30pm and stabbed indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.The injured was admitted to Jashore 25-bed hospital.Abul Bashar, inspector (investigation) of Kotwali police station, said that they are conducting drive to arrest the attacker.last_img read more