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Rakitic feels Barca deserved a win against Valencia

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic feels his side played well enough to secure a win against Valencia at the Camp Nou, despite the game ending in a stalemate.The 2-2 draw against Marcelino’s men ended the club’s eight-game winning streak in the League and could only stretch their lead to six points above Atletico Madrid.Two goals for Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to fight back, after falling 2-0 behind after 35 minutes, but the Croatian international believes they had the chances to collect all three points.⌛️FULL-TIME: There’s the whistle! Leo Messi scores twice as Barça battle back from 2-0, first-half deficit to earn a tie!FT: Barça 2 – 2 Valencia⚽️ #Messi 39′ (p.), 64′ / Gameiro 24′ , Parejo 32′ (p.)🔵🔴 #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/GyuzSYUOmC— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019“We surely deserved to win. We played a much better game than Valencia. He revealed in a quote cited on Football Espana.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Maybe in the first half we did not play that well, but in the second half we dominated, and at times we were almost playing handball around their area.“But in the end, we came up short, and it is not easy to play against a counter-attacking team like Valencia, particularly after a hard game in midweek as we had against Sevilla.”Atletico Madrid will be hoping to reduce the gap to three points when they face Real Betis on Sunday.Real Madrid could also be in the mix for the title if they maintain a winning form for the rest of the campaign.Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday night, and Messi and defender Gerard Pique are doubtful after picking up injuries in the Valencia tie.🗣 @ivanrakitic 🗣 Ernesto Valverde⚽️ #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/CGE4z49wqy— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019last_img read more

Porsha Smith Higgs failed to declare Correct Figures

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 26th 2017-Providenciales: Porsha Smith’s allegation against Tourism Minister, Ralph Higgs failing to declare the exact value, or his interest in the Silver Palms Hotel, during his budget presentation is enough reason for him to resign immediately. In filing a complaint before the Integrity Commission on Wednesday afternoon, Smith read the statement where she says the Silver Palms Hotel and Promenade project, located in Bottle Creek, North Caicos, was initially listed for US$550,000.00, but only when quizzed, the minister had to confirm the actual figure at US$850,000.00. Smith is of the belief that Higgs is able to enhance the value of his investment from his current portfolio, as the addition of the government funded Promenade project will “hug his personal project, thus increasing the value of his investment”.However, in response to the allegation, Tourism Minister Ralph Higgs explained to Magnetic Media that a formal statement is coming. Minister Higgs also said” that it is unfortunate that individuals would chose to play politics with the economic lives of the people in North Caicos”.#MagneticMediaNews#RalphShouldResign#SilverPalmsHotelAndPromenadelast_img read more

No damage to Grand Turk Cruise Pier Airport Open Island to receive

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 14, 2017 – Grand Turk –  Following an initial assessment Carnival engineers have  confirmed that there is no damage to the Grand Turk cruise Pier.  There has been extensive damage to the terminal building which will take approximately one month to repair. Grand Turk has also received regular shipments of water and at the moment has sufficient supply. There are currently teo container shipments of water, food and relief products on it’s way to there as well. Grand Turk Airport is now open for commercial flights, emergency personnel are in the process of mobilising more relief efforts to the nation’s capital. last_img

Solskjaer believes Lukaku has a vital role to play

first_imgRomelu Lukaku still has a major role to play at Manchester United according to interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The ex-Everton striker has only managed a cameo role  in Solskjaer’s six league games in charge apart from the FA Cup tie against Reading where he startedWith the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial getting the nod ahead of the Belgian, the former United striker has revealed he is a key player in the squad.Only Rashford and midfielder Paul Pogba have scored more than the three goals Lukaku has managed since Mourinho was sacked on 18 December.With the competition for places hotting up following the return of Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata, Solskjaer was quick to point out a similar situation in his time.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.After moving to Old Trafford in 1996, Solskjaer scored 126 goals for United in 11 seasons.He disclosed to the BBC: “I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three.“There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them.“No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.”last_img read more

Brew602 Officially Open

first_imgKrull hopes to create into a local beer and wine bar mixed with a restaurant to open by summer of 2018. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska railcar 602, has been transformed into a new coffee house in Soldotna. “Brew@602” has partnered with Steam Dot Coffee Roasters in Anchorage. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Brew@602-update.mp3VmJennifer-on-Brew@602-update.mp300:00RPd Photos courtesy of: Brew@602 on Instagram Railcar 602 is an out of service Alaska Railroad car that Soldotna resident Mary Krull purchased from a private seller in Homer, the grand opening will take place on December 28. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brew602/ Brew@602 will open daily from 7-5 (Sun 8-5) starting on Thursday, December 28th. Brew@602 sits at the top of the hill on Kleeb Loop Road, in Soldotna. Krull: “It’s a double decker. What we have done is added some fix tables, but we maintained the walk over seats that were common in commuter cars. Most of the seats move, and its a unique feature of this rail car.” The coffee car is just the first business to open on ‘Whistle Hill’. A second car, named Addie Camp, was built in 1913 and was shipped from South Dakota where it was taken out of service in 2008.last_img read more

Avalanche Warning In Place For Turnagain Pass

first_imgSUMMIT LAKE / JOHNSON PASS / LYNX DRAINAGE:  South of Turnagain Pass, keep in mind old buried weak layers exist and there is a potential for very large avalanches to occur that break near the ground. Natural storm snow avalanches 2-4′ thick are likely while this second storm hits. The avalanche danger is considerable in the treeline and below treeline band where natural storm snow avalanches may occur and human triggered avalanches are likely . GIRDWOOD: Roof avalanches are expected with warming temperatures. Pay attention to children and pets and where you park your car. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Hurricane force wind plus another foot of new snow overnight has brought the avalanche danger to high in some areas, according to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.center_img Wet snow avalanches below 1,000′ are possible with forecast rising temperatures. Before you head to the backcountry, it’s important to check the conditions before you go. Parking may be difficult along Turnagain Pass. Please be aware of parking safely and avoid blocking unplowed lots as DOT crews work to clear roads and parking areas.last_img read more

Utility Completes Second Array at a Georgia Military Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders from the Navy, Georgia Power and the Georgia Public Service Commission on Monday celebrated the opening of a $75 million, 30-megawatt solar array at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.Now operational, this 254-acre solar farm contains approximately 133,000 solar photovoltaic panels and is delivering energy to the installation and the surrounding community at or below the company’s avoided cost, according to a Navy news release. Georgia Power completed the project in less than a year.The solar generation facility is the first completed by Georgia Power in collaboration with the Navy and joins a similar 30-megwatt on-base solar facility recently completed at Fort Benning. The utility is currently developing more than 150 megawatts of solar generation to serve the state’s electric customers through projects with the Navy and Army. In addition to the new arrays at Kings Bay and Fort Benning, Georgia Power is building solar facilities at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, according to the utility.“Ensuring our installations have secure, reliable, resilient and affordable energy is critical for continuous operations. Working with an innovator like Georgia Power enables the Department of the Navy to achieve its missions and energy efficiency goals,” Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Region Southeast, said at the ribbon cutting.last_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are a few recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:AAA: Astros survive Royals’ comeback, 7-6, on May 14, 2018 at Boutwell FieldThe Astros played their second straight one-run game, barely matching the Royals’ late comeback with their own in their half of the sixth inning. Everyone reached base at least once, starting with Joe Cavanaugh, Ronnan Scafiddi, and John Roofe who each singled in the second inning leading to their first run. The big hits came in the third as Luke Kitanov blasted a home run and Joe Gronemeyer ripped a double. Evan Cummings lined out on a screaming rope in the first but singled in the fourth and Ethan Afthim had another clutch single batting in Cummings. Roofe singled and scored in the fifth and Jake Cronin singled in the sixth, eventually scoring the game winner. Joe Fennelly, Tim Watson, Kevin Pruslin, Will Poyant, and Kyle McDonald reached base as well and added to the run total. Poyant was dominant again on the mound striking out seven in three innings. Kitanov pitched three strong innings himself and made several great plays in the field while on the mound.. Watson snared a sharp liner in the first setting the tone for a strong defense. Gronemeyer was flawless at first base and Fennelly made several great plays behind the plate. Poyant and McDonald turned in some good plays as well. The Pirates were outstanding in the field, snaring no fewer than four sharp liners. Mikey Ware made several great line drive catches and pitched three innings. Jackson Hegarty pitched the next two and Jack Martinson made his pitching debut in the sixth. Logan Zimmer, Hegarty, and Martinson did a great job behind the plate. Will Biscan lined a double to knock in two runs and also caught a line drive at short. He made a heads-up play tagging out the lead baserunner late in the game. It was a fun, exciting game for all and the fans got more than their money’s worth in the stands!Single A: Braves vs. Astros, May 17, 2018The Astros hosted the Braves in a long awaited rematch . The Braves came out swinging and the Astros were held in check by a fine defensive play at third base by Lex Limoli to keep the run totals down . The Astros rallied in the second with big hits by Joe Mytch, Jackson Cipolle and CJ Morad. Strong catching performance by Dylan Costantiello helped keep the pitchers in check . Pitcher Masen Voner made closed the game out for the Astros . Game Balls were awarded to Joe Mytch for his big hit and Dylan Costantiello for his fine catching performance.Rookie League: Astros vs. Giants, May 19, 2018The Astros hosted the Giants in a battle of unbeatens. The evenly matched teams played to a tie. For the Astros, Anthony Aborn and Noah Drane stood out both in the field and at the plate while for the Giants Evan Jageler and Grady Considine made highlight reel catches in the field (including an incredible diving effort by Evan)! (NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)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 Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

Before crashing into the moon Israels lunar lander grabbed two final images

first_imgOriginally posted April 11.Update, April 17: Adds final image as described by SpaceIL. Just received from SpaceIL communication team what appears to be the last image #Beresheet spacecraft managed to beam to earth before it crashed on the moons surface pic.twitter.com/yDx2ioZiXy— Elad Ratson 🇮🇱 (@EladRatson) April 11, 2019 12 Photos Comment Artists we want SpaceX to take on its first private moon mission However, as more data filtered out to SpaceIL, the company tweeted a subsequent photo on Wednesday, showing the moon’s surface from a distance of just 15 kilometers out. The red and blue tinged surface of our closest cosmic neighbor was the last thing Beresheet was able to nab. Sci-Tech Landing on the face of another space rock is a decidedly difficult process. Although the lander did not achieve its core mission of a soft moon landing, it was still marked with a number of important firsts. Beresheet was the first private spacecraft to insert itself into lunar orbit and made Israel the seventh nation to achieve such a feat.The robotic explorers we send to new frontiers have a history of providing us with final images of other worlds before going gently (or violently) into the good night. Opportunity, the deceased Mars rover, was also able to snap a breathtaking panorama of the Martian surface, before it succumbed to a dust storm in 2018. Share your voice The surface of the moon as captured by Beresheet’s camera moments before it crashed into the lunar surface. Elad Raston/Twitter It was a bittersweet end for SpaceIL’s Beresheet probe, the first privately funded lunar lander humans have sent to the moon. During the landing attempt on Thursday, the main engine cut out and communication was lost, ultimately resulting in Beresheet crashing into the moon’s surface.But before its untimely demise, Beresheet was able to turn its camera toward the lunar surface to snap stunning final images of the lunar soil.Elad Raston, a diplomat at the Israel Foreign Ministry, tweeted that he had received “what appears to be the last image” that the spacecraft sent back to Earth before it failed on April 11, 2019. 1 Tags This is the last picture that Beresheet took, at a distance of 15 kilometers from the surface of the Moon.#Beresheet #SpaceIL pic.twitter.com/fGhNkvg5Qd— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 17, 2019last_img read more

JP Morgan set to launch rival to Apple Pay

first_imgJP Morgan Chase & Co said on Monday it will soon launch its own competitor to Apple Pay that will allow consumers to pay retailers using their smart phones.The largest U.S. bank is the latest company to try to profit from the commonness of smart phones, which many financial executives believe will one day be consumers’ preferred way to pay for everything.The companies that figure out how to convince consumers to stop pulling credit cards out of their wallets and start paying with their phones–earn vast sums by taking a percentage of the trillions of dollars–consumers spend annually.Chase has signed a deal with the Merchant Customer Exchange, a group of major retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Best Buy Co Inc to accept payments through the bank’s technology.No clear front-runner has emerged in the business yet.Chase believes its smart phone application, known as Chase Pay, has one key advantage: the calibre of retailers it has brought on board, Gordon Smith, chief executive of the bank’s consumer business, told Reuters.Retailers included in the Merchant Customer Exchange ring up more than $1 trillion of sales per year and have over 100,000 outlets.Rivals like Apply Pay have struggled to sign up retailers to accept their payments. Whenever a consumer pays for something with plastic, the retailer pays fees to banks and credit card networks to process the transaction.Chase signed up the Merchant Customer Exchange mainly by promising to cut retailers’ costs, Smith said. Chase is willing to accept a lower fee for Chase Pay transactions than for other transactions, and hopes to make up the difference by getting more volume over its network, Smith said.”As merchants give us more business, we will give them better pricing,” Smith said in an interview. Chase expects to market its product heavily in the middle of next year. Smith was speaking to retailers about Chase Pay at a conference in Las Vegas on Monday.Chase Pay is also promising superior security, a critical selling point.Chase Pay will initially work for consumers that already have Chase credit, debit, and prepaid cards, Smith told Reuters in an interview. The app will work on Apple and Android-based phones.Chase Pay is just one of a series of companies trying to become the go-to payment technologies, including Apple Pay, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Samsung Pay, and Alphabet Inc’s Android Pay.last_img read more

Breaking Lasith Malinga redeems himself after Rohit Sharmas brain explosion to give

first_imgMalinga’s last over won Mumbai the gameIANSWhen the two best teams in the IPL met for the title in the grand finale, it was bound to be a thriller and that’s what it turned out to be. In a match that tested the fortitude of the weak-hearted, the decision of Rohit Sharma to give the ball to Krunal Pandya against a well set Shane Watson seemed to be the decisive move.In what would be considered one of the biggest blunders in the history of the league, the Mumbai Indians captain ignored Hardik Pandya who had just bowled one over at that time and instead gave the ball to his spin-bowling brother for the crucial 18th over. The result was 20 runs, almost all hit by the retired Aussie.But it’s not just Rohit and Krunal are to blame. Watson offered three chances to the Mumbai team but they dropped all of them. If Watson had been removed earlier, things might have turned out in a completely different manner. Despite Bumrah conceding just 5 runs off the first five balls of the next over, four byes off the last ball brought the game within CSK’s reach.The last over went to Malinga, whose previous one had already been taken for plenty of runs. This meant that Hardik ended up bowling just one over in the entire match – conceding just  three in that. But Malinga, who seems to be well past his prime redeemed himself with a brilliant over that sealed the fourth title for the Rohit Sharma-led side. It was truly a final to remember.As expected Twitter exploded with reactions. Here is a snapshot.YESSSSSSsSSS !!!!! ?????????? I am literally Screaming like a monster… 4th Title.. BEST TEAM EVER. ! I LOVE YOU #MI ???? @mipaltan #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK #CSKvMI— Vivek Sharma (@IMViiku) May 12, 2019Mumbaaaiiiii!Hell yeahhh #IPL2019Final— Aryaman gupta (@aryaman04) May 12, 2019This game was the 2013 and 2017 final rolled into one #IPL #IPL2019 #IPL2019Final Mumbai win!— Dave (@Trader2734) May 12, 2019Cricket at its best! Mumbai! Wuhuuu! #IPL2019Final— Mohit Rauniyar (@mohitrauniyar) May 12, 2019To csk fans #IPL2019Final pic.twitter.com/JYBCAVjRZf— Mohan (@ismyname_1) May 12, 2019Finals ho toh aisa ho…what a fantastic thriller all the way. Hard luck #CSK & congratulations #MI for their 4th IPL trophy. #IPL2019Final #IPL2019— Sethumadhavan Napan (@Sethumadhavan) May 12, 2019Bloody hell, Lasith!And Chennai can’t even gamble on a review because of Raina’s egotistical review earlier. #IPL2019Final— Jambase (@NdinguJamby) May 12, 2019Malinga carried on Pollard’s shoulders. An Absolute great of the game. What a last over#IPL2019Final— MOHNISH (@monutweetstasty) May 12, 2019What a match!!! This is how a final should be!!! #MIvsCSK #IPL2019Final @ImRo45— Maddy (@maddyrjoshi) May 12, 2019The way Indians can be seen praying during #CSKvMI #IPL2019Final ….#cricket is religion for us.— Rahul Jain (@BeingHR) May 12, 2019Best #IPL2019Final ever!!!— Nagraj Returns (@CrookBond_D) May 12, 2019What a end to the Best league in the world, #IPL2019 has been the best league so far since 2008 #IPL2019Final#CSKvsMI— Sarkar Mehdi (@SMehdiDXB) May 12, 2019last_img read more

Buy Sell Hold What stocks are analysts tracking on March 5

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 137 points or 0.40 percent to close at 34,046 on Thursday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Monday:1. VoltasJefferies recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 795Current stock price: Rs 619About the company: Voltas offers engineering solutions for a wide spectrum of industries in areas such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, refrigeration, electro-mechanical projects, textile machinery, machine tools, among others.Stock Performance: The stock has jumped 68 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 40 times forward earnings. Voltas has a market capitalization of Rs 204 billion.2. Dilip BuildconNomura recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 1,265Current stock price: Rs 953About the company: Dilip Buildcon operates in engineering, procurement, and construction business. The company focuses on development, operation, and maintenance of roads, bridges, culverts, tunnels, high capacity transport corridors, and subways.Stock Performance: The stock has surged 200 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 35 times forward earnings. Dilip Buildcon has a market capitalization of Rs 130 billion.3. NMDCIIFL recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 120Current stock price: Rs 130About the company: NMDC Limited explores for minerals. The company is exploring for iron ore, copper, rock phosphate, lime stone, dolomite, gypsum, bentonite, magnesite, diamond, tin, tungsten, graphite, and beach sands.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 7 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 16 times forward earnings. NMDC has a market capitalization of Rs 413 billion.4. Indiabulls Housing FinanceICICI Direct recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 1,235Current stock price: Rs 1,256About the company: Indiabulls Housing Finance is a Housing Finance Company (HFC). The company provides long-term housing loans to individuals and loans against homes to small business owners.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 54 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 18 times forward earnings. Indiabulls Housing Finance has a market capitalization of Rs 536 billion.5. Dr Reddy’s LaboratoriesNomura recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 3,238Current stock price: Rs 2,231About the company: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited provides a complete range of pharmaceutical services. The company manufactures bulk drugs and formulations including verapamil and cephalexin.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 21 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 31 times forward earnings. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has a market capitalization of Rs 370 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more

Lakme Fashion Week 2019 Hardik Pandya to Kareena Kapoor 10 celebs who

first_imgGenelia D’souza too walked the ramp after a long gap of five years and said, “I am excited to be walking for Jalan. I feel her collection, Banji, is for the modern Indian bride who loves details and intricate craftsmanship and most importantly they are lightweight and easy to carry.” While Ayushmann Khurrana and Disha Patani walked the ramp for designers Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Arjun Kapoor looked dapper flaunting Kunal Rawal’s creation. Malaika Arora walked the ramp for designer duo Diya and Rajvvir. Malaika took our breaths away with a maroon high-slit dress with ruffled butterfly sleeves and a plunging neckline. InstagramTouted as the biggest and most prestigious fashion show, the Lakme Fashion Week saw the who’s who of the industry walking the ramp in some sleek and stunning outfits. From Hardik Pandya to Kareena Kapoor, a number of A-listers from various industries walked the ramp, showcasing the designer’s creativity and imagination. Let’s take a look.Kareena Kapoor Khan brought an end to the gala event by walking the ramp for Gauri & Nainika in a black ensemble with an exaggerated tail and net details. Kareena had also walked the ramp for the designer duo earlier in an exaggerated red outfit. Shilpa Shetty turned showstopper for designer Punit Balana flaunting her curves in a beautiful golden lehenga and matching blouse. Talking about it, Kareena told PTI, “Walking each season again feels very special. Thanks to Lakme I’m getting a chance to strut for the best of the best. This feels more special because of Gauri and Nainika. We embody the power of women. The freedom of what women want, whether it’s (about) being married, wanting to work, wanting to make your voice heard.” Ayushmann Khurrana, Disha Patani, Farhan Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar and Arjun Kapoor were some of the other celebs who rocked the ramp with their confident walk and impeccable outfits. Ananya Panday too made her ramp debut by walking for designers Anushree Reddy and Arpita Mehta. Kangana Ranaut turned showstopper for Disha Patil wearing a blue lehenga with intricate traditional designs and a satin blouse.last_img read more

Road crashes kill 7221 in 2018

first_imgBangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity members present its statistics at a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: CourtesyA total of 7,221 people were killed in at least 5,514 road accidents across the country last year, the Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare association, said on Friday.As many as 15,466 others were injured in the accidents.Apart from them, 394 people were killed and 248 others injured in 370 train accidents last year. Accidents on waterways left 126 people dead and 230 others injured with an estimated 387 others missing, the Samity told a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club presenting its statistics, reports UNB.The numbers were compiled from local, regional, and online newspapers and television channels, said the organisation’s secretary general Md Muzammel Haque Chowdhury.They identified several reasons, including reckless driving, overtaking, road conditions, and vehicles without fitness, for the road accidents.last_img read more

Trump Kim sign unspecified document

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk after lunch at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on 12 June 2018. Photo: ReutersPresident Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary summit Tuesday with lofty promises by the American president to take care of a “very dangerous problem” and Kim forecasting “major change for the world.” They signed a document that Trump described as “pretty comprehensive,” but he declined to describe it, saying the details would be revealed later.The document signing followed a series of meetings at a luxury Singapore resort.Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed just unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating US and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.Throughout the summit that could chart the course for historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat, both leaders expressed optimism. Kim called the sit-down a “good prelude for peace” and Trump pledged that “working together we will get it taken care of.”In advance of their private session, Trump predicted “tremendous success” while Kim said through an interpreter that “we have come here after overcoming” obstacles.Aware that the eyes of the world were on a moment many people never expected to see, Kim said many of those watching would think it was a scene from a “science fiction movie.”In the run-up to the meeting, Trump had predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days. But in the hours before the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore earlier than expected – Tuesday evening – raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.Giving voice to the anticipation felt around the world, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday he “hardly slept” before the summit. Moon and other officials watched the live broadcast of the summit before a South Korean Cabinet meeting in his presidential officeThe meeting was the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table. As they entered, Trump injected some levity to the day’s extraordinary events, saying: “Getting a good picture everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin? Perfect.”Then they dined on beef short rib confit along with sweet and sour crispy pork.And as they emerged from the meal for a brief stroll together, Trump appeared to delight in showing his North Korean counterpart the interior of “The Beast,” the famed US presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications.Critics of the summit leapt at the leaders’ handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage as an equal of the US president. Kim has been accused of horrific rights abuses against his people.Trump responded to such commentary on Twitter, saying: “The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the US, say the haters & losers.” But he added “our hostages” are back home and testing, research and launches have stopped.Trump also tweeted: “Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly … but in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!”The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialized economies to alienate America’s closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump left that summit early and, as he flew to Singapore, tweeted that he was yanking the US out of the group’s traditional closing statement.The optimistic summit was a remarkable change in dynamics from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening “fire and fury” against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a “mentally deranged US dotard.” Beyond the impact on both leaders’ political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people – the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North’s nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide.Alluding to the North’s concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the US was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with “sufficient certainty” that denuclearization “is not something that ends badly for them.”He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the US was “prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America’s been willing to provide previously.”The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Pompeo held firm to Trump’s position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes – and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire US mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there’s deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there’s also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.last_img read more

JCD leftleaning bodies quota reform activists declare panels for DUCSU polls

first_imgNurul Haque Nur, Md Rashed Khan and Faruk HossainOpposition BNP’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the left-leaning student organisations and quota reform movement activists on Monday announced their respective panels for Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) polls slated for 11 March.Mostafizur Rahman, Anisur Rahman Khondokar and Khorshed Alam Sohel have been named as JCD’s vice president (VP), general secretary (GS) and assistant general secretary (AGS) candidates respectively.The student body’s DU unit president Al Mehedi Talukder and general secretary Abul Bashar Siddique announced their panel at a press briefing at Madhu’s Canteen in the afternoon.The other candidates of the panel are liberation war affairs secretary Jafrul Hasan Nadim, science and technology affairs secretary Maksudur Rahman, common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Quaneta Islam, international affairs secretary Ashraful Islam Uzzal, literary secretary Minhaz Ahmed Prince, cultural secretary Quaiyum Ul Islam, sports secretary Moniruzzaman Mamum, students’ transport secretary Mahfuzur Rahman Chowdhury and social service affairs secretary Touhidul Islam.The panel’s member candidates are Habibul Bashar, Arif Hossain, Iqbal Hossain, Sahab Uddin, Mahmudul Hasan, Safayat Hasnain Sabit, Tanvir Azadi Sakib, Sultan Md Salauddin Siddik, Md Shariful Islam, Imam Al Naser Mishuk and Alamgir Hossain.General Students’ Rights Protection Platform (Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Sangrokkhon Parishad), which led the quota reform movement last year, has picked Nurul Haque Nur, Md Rashed Khan and Faruk Hossain as their candidates for the posts of vice-president, general secretary and assistant general secretary respectively.The platform declared their panel nominating candidates for 17 out of 25 posts.They will announce the full panel for central union and hall unions within Monday, said the leaders.Other members of the panel are liberation war affairs secretary Nazmul Huda, secretary of common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Sheikh Emilee Jamal, international affairs secretary Habibullah Belali, literary secretary Akram Hossain, cultural secretary Nahid Islam, sports secretary Mamunur Rashid Mamun, students’ transport secretary Razibul Islam and social service affairs secretary Aktar Hossain.The panel’s member candidates are Umme Kulsum Bonya, Raiyan Abdullah, Sab Al Masani, Imran Hossain and Shariar Alam Sumya.Left-leaning student bodies under the umbrella of Progressive Students’ Alliance and Anti-imperialism Students’ Unity jointly nominated Chhatra Union general secretary Liton Nandi for VP, Chhatra Federation’s Umme Habiba Benzeer for GS and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front’s DU unit vice-president Sadekul Islam Sadik for AGS.They picked candidates for all other posts and hall union.Naming their candidates at a press briefing at Madhu’s Canteen on Monday, its leaders said they will press home their six-point demand, including setting the poll stations in academic buildings instead of residential halls.Other members of the panel are liberation war affairs secretary Rajib Kanti Roy, science and technology affairs secretary Ulul Amar Talukder, common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Suhail Ahmed Shuvo, international affairs secretary Mim Arafat Manab, literary secretary Rajib Das, cultural secretary Fahad Hasan Adnan, sports secretary Shuvra Nil Roy, students’ transport secretary Hasib Muhammad Ashik and social service affairs secretary Foisal Mahmud.The panel’s member candidates are Moinul Islam Tuhin, Aminul Islam, Amzad Hossain, Afnan Akhter, Mitramoy, Salman Farsi, Rahatil Rahat, Armanul Haque, Jesan Arka Marandi, Manisha Akhter, Mahir Farhan Khan, Udoy Nafis and Pratnapratim Mehedi.last_img read more

Church sex abuse victims go global with fight for justice

first_img(From L) Victims of sexual abuse Maniuse Mileiosky, Benjamin Kitobo, Peter Saunders, Jacques, Marek Lisinski and Denise Buchanan pose in front Saint Peter`s square on 18 February 2019, in Rome. Photo: AFPAfter years of struggling alone or finding support in national groups, survivors of sex abuse by priests have formed a new international alliance to pressure the Catholic Church to face up to its crimes.The group, called Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA), brings together activists from dozens of countries on several continents, and will be mobilised in Rome this week when Pope Francis hosts a hotly awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals shaking the Catholic Church.”It’s a momentous and a historic movement… to bring a global and unified voice,” one of its co-founders, Peter Saunders, told AFP. “This is the first truly global initiative.”Saunders’ personal story is among countless others suffered by people who grouped together to form ECA last June, including survivors from Chile, Poland, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries.”I was abused at seven years old by a family member. I was also sexually abused by two Jesuit priests at my secondary school at about 12 years of age,” he said.The same priest targeted his brother Michael at the same school six years before him, and died aged 55 after a lifelong battle with drug and alcohol abuse.”I think the Church has been resisting change for many, many years and I think at long last the Church is beginning to bow to the pressure put on by survivors, by our media colleagues around the world, and by public opinion,” he added.The group’s objectives include forcing the Church to take a “zero tolerance” approach to paedophilia, working to overturn the statute of limitations on abuse cases, and supporting victims in areas where speaking out remains difficult, such as in various African and Asian countries.- ‘Counter-summit’ -From Wednesday to Sunday, ECA will bring together victims in Rome to put new pressure on Pope Francis, who has spoken out strongly over the last two years about abuse in the Church after a string of scandals worldwide.But on the ground, survivors say the fight against the culture of secrecy within the Catholic hierarchy and an instinct to cover up abuse cases remains entrenched.”Either I committed suicide or I spoke out,” said a 70-year-old Swiss co-founder of ECA, who gives his name only as Jacques. “It was a long and painful fight.”He said a priest raped him continually when he was aged 14 to 20. After years of therapy, in 2009 he contacted the priest who abused him and attempted to reach closure.Only after a five-year struggle did senior Church figures “understand the gravity of the acts of their colleague and accept moral responsibility on behalf of the institution,” he said.As he battled for justice, he also learned that the priest had been identified as a possible paedophile even before he was ordained and had been sent to France several times for “treatment”.In 2010, Jacques founded SAPEC, a victims group in French-speaking Switzerland, which led to the creation of a commission to investigate abuse and oversee compensation.- ‘No apology’ -In Poland, ECA co-founder Marek Lisinski, 50, said he had long dreamed of a new international organisation “to show Polish victims that they are not on their own.”He said he was “assaulted for 10 months by a vicar” at age 13 and his search for justice led to a prosecution.”I was forced to become an adult at age 13,” he said angrily.Over several years he fought dependencies on alcohol and anti-depressants, made three suicide attempts and went through a divorce.Finally, after nine years of legal proceedings, the vicar was suspended — but just for three years.”In 2018, the court ordered him to apologise to me, but did not award damages,” he said. “I have never had the apology.”Lisinsky added: “The Church has ignored victims, moves the perpetrators around (from one parish to another) and refuses to meet with us despite the instructions from the pope. Officially it has apologised… but as an institution it has never accepted its responsibility.”In 2013, Lisinsky created the Don’t Be Afraid Foundation, which gathered testimony from 700 victims.He published a shocking map online in October showing among other things all the parishes where abuse had been reported.”There is barely a day without a victim coming forward to our Foundation. The youngest is a boy of 11,” he said.Chilean activist Jose Andres Murillo, 43, struggled for 20 years before getting a measure of justice.Also a founding member of ECA, Murillo was instrumental in bringing to light a huge scandal in Chile that led to 88-year-old priest Fernando Karadima being defrocked and prosecuted.He said ECA needs to act “to create secure spaces within the Church”, safe from abuse.”Faith is something positive for a lot of people, which helps them get through difficult moments, but that does not give the Church the right to create trauma in people’s lives,” he said.last_img

India committed to resolving Teesta issue says Jaishankar

first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul Momen is shaking hands with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar before Dhaka-Delhi bilateral talks at state guesthouse Jamuna in Dhaka. Photo: UNBVisiting Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said Bangladesh and India are working to find “mutually acceptable formulas” to share water from 54 shared rivers with keeping India’s commitment to resolving Teesta issue unchanged, reports UNB.”We look forward to making a progress to find mutually acceptable formulas to share water from our 54 shared rivers,” he told reporters.The Indian external affairs minister and his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen briefed newsmen after their bilateral meeting at state guesthouse Jamuna that lasted for over an hour from 11:10am.Asked about long-pending Teesta water-sharing matter, Jaishankar said there has been no change regarding their commitment to resolve the issue. “We’ve a position. You all are aware of it. We’ve a commitment on that position. And there’s no change in that regard.”He said that they are ready to make a start wherever it is possible.On Rohingya issue, Jaishankar said they agreed that the “safe, speedy and sustainable” return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine state is in the national interest of the three countries — Bangladesh, Myanmar and India.”We reaffirmed our readiness to provide more assistance for the displaced persons in Bangladesh and to improve socioeconomic condition in Rakhine state,” he said.Responding to a question on National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam, the Indian external affairs minister said this is an “internal matter” for India.Jaishankar said India’s partnership with Bangladesh remains an example of what neighbours can do if they work together as two partners.He said the government led by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is determined to ensure that this partnership is truly a role model in South Asia and for the world.The Indian minister said they would like to offer all possible support to realise Bangladesh’s development agenda which is in India’s interest as well.Terming the relation is now in ‘golden age’, he said the two countries will benefit mutually if the partnership between Bangladesh and India grows.Jaishankar said the two countries have a very important shared history and they look forward to sharing Bangladesh’s celebrations of birth centenary of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence in 2021.Through the visit, the Indian minister said they publicly signal the importance they attach to the relationship ahead of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India. “This is such an important relationship.”Jaishankar said the improved partnership against crimes, extremism and terrorist groups will have direct benefits to the people of the two countries when it comes to security issue.In terms of connectivity, he said they will step up this partnership to realise all the potential of connectivity.”We’ve many energy-sharing projects which we’re discussing, including private and public sector partnership,” he added.On trade issues, Jaishankar said they are ready to move to the next stage of economic partnership as Bangladesh’s economy develops and matures. “We’ll make progress at a phase which is comfortable for Bangladesh.”On people-to-people contact, he said the largest consular operation of India is now in Bangladesh and they are very proud of that.Momen said they had a very good discussion on many issues and have a consensus on almost all those discussed issues.He said they are satisfied with the discussion and hoped for better days ahead.Jaishankar, who arrived in Dhaka on Monday night on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh, said the two countries have many things to discuss to take the relationship between the two neighbouring countries to a higher level.”We’ve a very good relationship. We’ve a very strong relationship. We’ve many things to discuss about taking the relationship to a higher level,” he said while talking to reporters after his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.Before the meeting, the Indian minister visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 and paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait there.Momen hosted lunch in honour of his Indian counterpart after the meeting.The Indian foreign minister is scheduled to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence around 5pm on Tuesday.Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das will host private dinner for Jaishankar on Tuesday evening.He will leave Dhaka for Kathmandu on Wednesday morning.India is a leading development partner of Bangladesh as it has extended concessional lines of credit to the tune of around 8 billion US dollars.last_img read more

Faith activists urge UN Environment Assembly to address human side of climate

first_img Tagscreation care dietary laws ecology environmentalism faith and environment homepage featured Pan-Amazon synod U.N. Environment Assembly Vatican Synod,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — At a small tent on the edge of the U.N. campus here, environmental activists from the world’s faith traditions huddled on the sidelines of last week’s March 11-15 meeting of some 5,000 environmental scientists, politicians and civil society, the fourth gathering of the United Nations Environment Assembly.As the official delegates discussed current environmental challenges, sustainable consumption and production, the faith leaders, who joined the assembly for the first time in a U.N.-sponsored event called “Faith for Earth Dialogue,” talked about what religion’s role is in environmental protection.“Religious leaders have a unique role to play in promoting ecological sustainability, especially because 85 percent of the (world’s) people are affiliated with a religion,” said Rabbi Yonatan Neril, who is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem and attended the event.The faith-based group unexpectedly served as a spiritual presence after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, which particularly affected the U.N.’s offices in Nairobi, a hub of the international aid community that lost several members in the disaster.The assembly, which represented more than 170 United Nations member states, said it had delivered a bold blueprint for change that directs a radical shift in the approach to tackling environmental challenges.The group also agreed on a series of non-binding resolutions, key among them a proposal to protect oceans and fragile ecosystems.But those attending the Faith for Earth Dialogue urged the U.N. to recognize the growing religious wave of concern and called for dramatic steps while saying that enough was not being done to address climate change and related environmental challenges.The Rev. Fletcher Harper, left, addresses panelists during the U.N.-sponsored event called “Faith for Earth Dialogue” at the U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 15, 2019. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili“There should be no mistake that more and more religious communities are clear that we face a clear emergency,” said the Rev. Fletcher Harper, the executive director of GreenFaith, an American interfaith coalition for the environment.“We need a stronger representation of values, combined with science, to underlie the policies of the world in relationship to the environment,” said Harper.At the same time, Harper said, it was not easy for intergovernmental bodies like the U.N. to integrate faith voices because their audiences are nation states, for whom religion can be a complicated subject.The world’s religions can look for ways to change their own cultures to make faith itself more sustainable, said Neril.RELATED: Clergy divided as Kenya moves to save forest, evict 40,000 settlers“Meat in particular has a disproportional impact on climate change because cows emit methane from their digestive systems,” said the rabbi. Changing diets can be difficult, but religious teaching can have a powerful effect on what we put in our mouths and can support compassion toward animals.Rev. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, coordinator of the Sector on “Ecology and Creation” at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said he took hope from the increasing spiritual response to climate change, including the indigenous communities around the world who view themselves as the protectors of the land or planet.He cited climate change as one reason Pope Francis has called a special synod for October of this year of Roman Catholic bishops from the Pan-Amazonian region.“He (Pope Francis) believes at the period of planetary emergency, the answer can come from these people, who have defended our common home for thousands of years. We can learn from their indigenous wisdom,” said the priest. “It is a time when the whole world will sit at the feet of the indigenous people and learn from them to take care of our common home.”Experts say tropical forests that are home to other indigenous groups in the Congo Basin, Asia and Central America also help regulate regional and international weather patterns.Above all, the faith activists urged the U.N. delegations to the assembly to approach climate change as an urgent human problem as much as a scientific one.Bright Mawudor, the deputy general secretary of the African Conference of Churches, said in a speech to her fellow faith leaders that climate change was the world’s common future. “It’s as real as the food that we eat or as the clothes we wear. We need to tackle it with urgency,” Mawudor said. Share This! Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email In Tel Aviv, Jews join with Muslims in vigil mourning New Zealand dead Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Fredrick Nzwili Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Survey: Black millennials skip church as early adults more than whites center_img By: Fredrick Nzwili Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Fredrick Nzwili Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Fredrick Nzwili Fredrick Nzwili is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, development, security, environment and wildlife. His articles have appeared in international media organizations among others; The Tablet, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Geographic and Kenyan local newspapers; The Standard and the People Daily.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Fredrick Nzwili Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This!last_img read more