Walcott Wenger has unfinished business in football

first_imgTheo Walcott expects to see his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger back in the dugout soonThe veteran coach has announced plans to make a football comeback by January after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season.The likes of AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have been linked with Wenger following his announcement last month.And Walcott, who spent 12 years playing for Wenger at Arsenal, reckons that the 69-year-old’s time in football is not over yet.“I still think he’s got unfinished business and there’s a missing chapter for him,” Walcott told BBC’s Premier League Show.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s a father figure, he gave me the opportunity at a young age, took the pressure off me and put it on himself when he didn’t need to do it.”Walcott left Arsenal in January for Everton in a reported £20m deal.The English forward managed 108 goals and 77 assists in 397 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal.He also won three FA Cup titles and two Community Shield crowns.last_img read more

Flag retirement program begins across San Diego County

first_img KUSI Newsroom July 5, 2019 Flag retirement program begins across San Diego County SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county and city of San Diego will begin a program Friday enabling residents to dispose of old U.S. flags in accordance with federal code.County Supervisor Greg Cox announced the County Flag Retirement Box program last month in honor of Flag Day and in advance of the Fourth of July, saying it will help residents “dispose of old or tattered flags with the proper respect they deserve.”Starting Friday, residents will be able to drop off their old flags in designated boxes at county libraries, as well as the city of San Diego’s public libraries. Local Boy Scout troops will frequently collect the boxes and deliver them to local American Legion posts and associated nonprofits that will conduct flag retirement ceremonies.“County Supervisor Greg Cox’s Flag Retirement Box program will give San Diegans the opportunity to retire their American flags with the dignity and respect they deserve,” City Councilman Chris Cate said. “The American flag is a symbol of our freedom, and it is wonderful that all city of San Diego libraries will be participating in this program.”The program is similar to one promoted by the National Association of Counties, of which Cox is president. According to the NACo, the program has distributed roughly 700 flag boxes to more than 500 counties around the country to ensure proper flag disposal. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Some Holes Cannot Be Climbed Out Of

first_imgJust days ago I urged journalism teachers to force students to learn about business and finance. In particular, I want students to understand debt financing, which has put a stranglehold on many publications.My hope is that by understanding the murderously difficult environment in which many publishers operate, students will made better decisions about their career path.To that end, I offer a reading assignment. Reuters has published a lengthy and well-reasoned article showing that it will be damn near impossible for Sam Zell to avoid a default at the Tribune Co., which is groaning beneath $4 billion of debt and some tough-to-meet debt covenants. You can check out the article here. Students who take the CliffNotes approach to study can get everything they need from PaidContent’s take.Those of us in b-to-b should avoid the urge to feel smug about the nightmare that is newspaper finance. In our end of the industry, things are likely just as bad. But since so many of our major players are privately held, we just don’t know how ugly the balance sheets may be.And as I’ve said before, I’m worried.Read more here …last_img read more

Amid Fitness Boom the New Editor of Womens Running Sees Opportunity

first_img Warren: The popularity of running is really taking off with women in particular. Women now account for the majority of entrants in competitive races, clocking in at 57 percent, according to RunningUSA. That’s millions of women, and I want to reach all of them! Warren: I would love to start a podcast and explore the possibility of live events. I think the best way for a brand to grow and evolve is to foster an ongoing conversation with its audience. Building a strong and engaged community of readers helps to drive the brand forward and inform its content choices, and this is a core focus for me in the next year. Warren: Our biggest challenge is the same one that every media company faces: finding the best way to connect with our audience. The constantly evolving digital landscape means publishers have to remain vigilant about new technologies and agile about responding to how consumers want to receive content. Warren: Jessie has built a phenomenal brand, and I want to carry on the work that she has done by increasing brand awareness for readers as well as for advertisers and content partners. My experience customizing and localizing content across multiple platforms for various publishing and brand partnerships and my role as a brand spokesperson will be beneficial in achieving these goals. Last month, Competitor Group tapped Lonely Planet managing editor Rebecca Warren to do just that. Folio: sat down with Warren to learn a little more about her background and plans for the title going forward. With America in the midst of a “running boom” — 17 million people ran a race in the U.S. last year, 57 percent of them females — suffice it to say that her successor has some big sneakers to fill. Folio: What do you see as some of your biggest growth opportunities for the brand? ​Over her seven-year tenure as editor-in-chief of Women’s Running — prior to being promoted, earlier this year, to VP of Media for parent company Competitor Group Inc. — Jessica Sebor garnered deserved applause for repositioning the monthly title as not just a fitness magazine, but an advocate for inclusion, empowerment, and positivity. Covers that once almost exclusively featured models jogging in sports bras and taglines teasing 24-hour diets and shortcuts to flat abs have given way to women of all body types, who encourage readers with messages like “Love yourself,” “Dream big,” and “Feel great.” In the past year alone, Women’s Running cover stars have included a wheelchair track and field star, a transgender woman, and a runner wearing a hijab.  Folio: What about some challenges? Sebor’s impact has been felt on the business side too, where digital traffic has more then doubled in the last two years to over one million monthly visitors, while print circulation holds steady at around 45,000 copies per issue. Warren: Yes, we have a strong base of readers who subscribe to the print magazine and that remains a priority for me. Industry-wide, the dwell time with a print article is much greater than with a digital one, and it also offers a chance to have a focused, tactile interaction with the reader. The value of being able to engage with an article without a text message or alert popping up during your reading time can’t be overstated. Increasing our presence at races, through partnerships and brand ambassadors, is one way to do that. I also want to hone our social media strategy to give people a consistent and focused brand message across all of our content channels. We have a website redesign in the works as well, and my focus will be bringing a cohesive look and message across all of our content hubs. I’d also like to explore the possibility of retail partnerships and direct-to-consumer services. The fact that running is a low-barrier, widely accessible sport was also appealing. There is a broad audience available for women-specific running content, and that is an exciting opportunity. Rebecca Warren: I love what the brand stands for: inspiring and empowering women to live healthy, fulfilled lives. Women’s Running offers readers a holistic approach to wellness, focusing on running as a gateway to healthy living, by promoting positive body images, balanced nutrition, and practical and achievable fitness goals. Folio: Obviously the brand is seeing a lot of growth on the digital and social media side. Do you expect the print magazine to remain a priority going forward? Folio: Any other opportunities for expanding the WR brand? Rebecca Warren Folio: What first attracted you to the editor-in-chief role at Women’s Running? Folio: What do you bring to the position that will help you pick up where Jessie [Sebor] left off? last_img read more

Indias Youth Ride High on Union Budget

first_imgThe country’s youth have several reasons to cheer about the Budget, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sticking to Narendra Modi’s ambition of galvanising the large demographic group to push development of the country. India is said to have one of the largest youth population in the world, with two-thirds Indians below the age of 35 years.The Union Budget holds several schemes and promises that look set to bring the country’s youth to take charge in the future.From offering them skills training and giving them incentives to start businesses, to setting up sports facilities and premier educational institutes, the government’s Budget looks to capitalise on this age group.Skill India Programme: This national multi-skill programme announced by the government on Thursday is meant to train the youth in several professional skills. With an emphasis on employability and entrepreneurial skills, the government has set aside ₹100 crores for this programme. It will also provide training and support for traditional professions like that of welders, carpenters, cobblers, masons, blacksmiths, and weavers.Young Leaders Programme: “The youth of India are pragmatic, forward-looking and wish to be leaders in all fields. In order to promote leadership skills, I propose to set up Young Leaders Programme with an initial allocation of ₹100 crore,” the finance minister announced on Thursday. Jaitley allotted another ₹100 crore to promote village youth to take up entrepreneurship.Facilitating jobs: Jaitley said the government would work towards converting employment exchanges set up under the Employment Exchanges (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act, 1959 that primarily offer information on availability of jobs into career centres, where the youth will also be offered counselling on selecting jobs based on their aptitude and skills.₹10,000 crore assistance for start-ups – In order to help entrepreneurial youth in the country to start up their own businesses, the government has set aside a ₹10,000 crore fund to provide venture capital for the micro, small and medium enterprises. It also announced ₹200 crore for establishing a technology centre network to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.Five more IITs, IIMs: The Modi government has decided to take the number of IITs and IIMs, the most premier institutions in the country, up to 21 and 18 respectively. The government also announced that four medical instutions on the lines of AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) will be set up in the country.National-level Sports Academies: The current state of sports in the country is much below the international standard, and the focus of the government was to ensure the youth of the country get good sports facilities. The government has assured that academies with international-level facilities for training of accomplished athletes and for nurturing talent at junior and sub-junior level will be set up for shooting, archery, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting and various track and field events. Jaitley also announced ₹200 crore for upgrading the indoor and outdoor sports stadiums in Jammu and in Kashmir Valley to international standards.Sports University: The government has allotted ₹100 crore to set up a national sports university at Manipal.Amendment to Apprenticeship Act: Jaitley promised that the Apprenticeship Act will be suitably amended to meet the current needs of the industry as well as the youth. “Comparing the size of the Indian economy, the performance of the Apprenticeship Training Scheme is not satisfactory and a large number of training facilities in the industry are unutilised,” he said during his speech.last_img read more

Govts drive against black money brings Rs 3770 crore to its kitty

first_imgThe Indian government’s drive against black money to get back ill-gotten wealth stashed away by its citizens abroad has drawn responses from 638 declarants for total assets worth Rs 3,770 crore ($580 million), an official statement said on Thursday.The amnesty scheme ended on September 30. It called for a tax of 30% and an equal amount in penalty, which is to be paid before December 31. The compliance window had opened on July 1.The official statement said the actual quantum of declaration, under what is called the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, was subject to a final reconcilitaion.India has no official estimate about the quantum of black money stashed away by Indians abroad but unofficial estimates put the sum somewhere between $466 billion and $1.4 trillion.Even if the lowest estimate of $466 billion stashed away is taken into consideration, the amount declared as part of the drive is barely 1% of it.- With IANS inputslast_img read more

Tata Group eyes Myanmar Vietnam as future markets

first_imgSeven companies of the Tata Group would focus on Myanmar and Vietnam as viable markets to expand its business. Growing economies, expanding middle class and tax incentives have made these two countries as important destinations for firms looking to expand their global operations in the South East Asia region.Tata companies such as Tata Power, Tata Projects, Tata Chemical, Titan and Tata Motors, among others, are on the lookout for opportunities in Vietnam and Myanmar. For the giant business group, Singapore is the related country for Asean markets, which includes a $2 trillion economy, The Economic Times reported on Feb. 9.Asean countries include Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.”The demographics and the economic development stage of these countries represent a market for several products and services from the Tata Group,” a Tata Sons spokesperson told the publication.India’s oldest business conglomerate has an understanding each in Vietnam and Myanmar for power projects. It is now planning to strengthen its engagement with a strategic point of view.”The region has recorded more than 5% GDP growth on average since the year 2000 and, when combined, Asean nations would represent the world’s seventh-largest economy. The region, is therefore, regarded by many as the third pillar of economic growth within Asia, after China and India,” Shashank Tripathi, partner and strategy leader at PwC was quoted as saying by the publication.Vietnam reportedly signed a free trade agreement with the European Union on Dec. 2, 2015. The country, which is set to become global trade partner for the US, the EU and China in exports, makes it important strategic partner for India.A joint statement by India and Myanmar on the first meeting of the India-Myanmar Joint consultative commission held in July 2015 stated that both sides of the concerned ministries would work towards expeditious signing of the MoU on capacity building between the RBI of India and the Central Bank of Myanmar. The MoU took note of the proposal the Indian government had put forward of granting license to an Indian Bank to open its branch in Myanmar.last_img read more

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur wanted to commit suicide after loss to India

first_imgArthur made the startling claim in the post-match press conferenceIAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty ImagesPakistan’s coach Mickey Arthur is known for being passionate and emotional. His thoughts are rather transparent when Pakistan is on the field thanks to his highly-expressive body language. It is no wonder therefore, that he seemed as affected by all the shrill criticism coming the way of his team as the players would have been.Arthur was the man who turned up for the post-match press conference after his team’s triumph over South Africa. He lambasted the critics who had been targeting his team and said the players were very badly affected by all the poison being spewed.But there was one revelation about the effect of this negativity in the media on himself that, though made as a casual aside, was rather shocking. While answering a question about the South African team and explaining the difficulties faced by a side going through a tough phase, the South African coach of Pakistan said: “It happens so quickly, you lose a game, you lose another game, it’s a World Cup, the media scrutiny, public expectations, and then, you almost go into survival mode. I mean, we’ve all been there. Last Sunday, I wanted to commit suicide.”Mickey Arthur “last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide” #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Xkb3IgD0QS— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 24, 2019TwitterThe part about wanting to commit suicide should scare everyone. It is very possible that Arthur was not fully serious when he said this. Maybe, it was an exaggeration. But the fact that he even mentioned this is an indicator of the extreme pressure that must have been on him after the disaster against India.This is also an important lesson for critics. Yes, when the team performs badly, there is a need to point out the errors, but sometimes, the words are so poisonous, they can have a much more serious impact on players and support staff than a loss in a game should occasion. Hopefully, Pakistani media would learn from this experience.last_img read more

HDFC Bank Q4 net profit rises 18 employee strength falls by 6000

first_imgAn HDFC Bank branch office in Mumbai, October 21, 2015Reuters fileUpdate:HDFC Bank shares were trading with gains of 1.44 percent at Rs 1,483 crore after the private sector lender reported 18.25 percent rise in March 2017 (Q4) net profit to Rs 3,990 crore from Rs 3,374.22 crore for the corresponding period last year. This despite the bank’s provisioning for bad loans spiking by more than 100 percent to Rs 1,262 crore during Q4 from Rs 662 crore in the fourth quarter last fiscal.The number of employees stood at 84,325 as of March 31, 2017, down 6,096 from 90,421 as of December 31, 2016. Net interest income grew 21.1 percent YoY to Rs 12,501 crore from Rs 10,319.2 crore in the year-ago period.Total income stood at Rs 21,560 crore, up 14.3 percent from Rs 18,862 crore, YoY. Other income (non-interest) increased 20.3 percent to Rs 3,446 crore.Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 1.05 percent and 0.33 percent, respectively, as of March 31, 2017, almost unchanged on a sequential basis but up from 0.94 percent and 0.28 percent, respectively, as of March 31, 2016.The HDFC Bank board recommended a dividend of Rs 11 per equity share, up from Rs 9.50 per share for fiscal 2016.Deposits stood at Rs As of March 31, 2017, the bank had 4,715 branches and 12,260 ATMs.Original story:HDFC Bank were trading with modest gains on Friday ahead of quarterly and full-year results. The scrip was up 0.48 percent at Rs 1,469 on the BSE at around 12.30 pm.The private sector lender’s provisioning for bad loans will be interesting in the context of two other private banks — Yes Bank and IndusInd Bank — earmarking a higher amount for non-perforning assets (NPAs), in line with the RBI’s asset quality review norms.As of December 31, 2016, HDFC Bank’s gross and net NPAs stood at 1.05 percent and 0.3 percent of total advances.Yes Bank, which reported its results recently, had to set aside an additional Rs 228 crore in anticipation of likely losses arising from its exposure to Jaiprakash Associates Ltd.”As of 31 March 2017, the impact of divergences overall is at Rs 1,040 crore on which we have made 25% provisioning. This includes one borrower exposure of Rs 911 crore towards a Delhi-based cement company. However, this is a performing asset which has been servicing interest regularly. We expect to recover the amount in the near term,” Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO of the bank said, without naming the company. The exposure to Jaiprakash Associates and the consequent increase in higher provisioning was also the case for IndusInd Bank. “Provisions were elevated at INR4.3b as they included one-off amount of INR1.22b on a bridge loan for a cement M&A transaction (account remains standard), where the receivable is in June (likely to get reversed in 1QFY18),” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.The optimism for both the banks stems from the fact that Jaiprakash Associates had signed a deal with Aditya Birla Group company Ultratech Cement valued at Rs 16,189 crore for sale of its cement assets.Here is the video clip of HDFC Bank’s concall post declaration of Q3 results:last_img read more

UK India can do great business and achieve real change British envoy

first_imgTech Rocketship Award winners posing with British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister and Gita Krisnankutty – first secretary of head of inward investment India.IBTimes India/Sami KhanThere are now a record 842 Indian companies operating in the UK, up from 800 in the previous year, with combined revenues of almost £48 billion (£46.4 billion in 2018 report), according to a Grant Thornton-CII report. Indian companies paid a combined total of over £684 million in corporation tax, which is almost double the amount recorded in last year’s report (£360 million), and employed 104,783 people (104,932 in the 2018 report). The India Meets Britain Tracker 2019 report was released earlier this year. GT and CII are holding a roadshow in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi to highlight the report’s findings.During the report’s launch at the roadshow in Bengaluru on Tuesday, British Deputy High Commissioner in Bengaluru, Dominic McAllister, said: “We are determined that the UK will be the best place in the world to grow your business. The UK government is committed to facilitating the closest possible relationships between business leaders in both our countries – including supporting pioneers in innovation. The UK and India can do great business and achieve real change. Both governments are committed to taking this further by building on the technology partnership; leveraging finance; sharing skills and expertise.”The report provides a tracker of the fastest-growing companies, as measured by those with a turnover of more than £5 million, year-on-year revenue growth of at least 10 percent and a minimum two-year track-record in the UK. This year’s tracker includes 62 companies that recorded an average growth rate of 37 percent. The total combined revenue of these companies reached over £12 billion last year. Three companies in this year’s tracker reported a growth of more than 100 percent. UNCTAD/twitterThe UK and India have been the top five investors in each other’s economies since 2010. Since 2010, the UK has been the largest G20 investor in India. Building on the UK’s Industrial Strategy, the India-UK Tech Partnership sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries, and infrastructure that we will need, added McAllister.Technology and telecoms companies continue to dominate the Tracker, as they have done since its launch in 2014. This year, they account for 35 percent of the fastest-growing companies. Engineering and manufacturing companies are the next in line, accounting for 16 percent of the 2019 Tracker. This is followed by pharmaceutical and chemical companies, which account for 15 percent, continuing historically strong representation.The geographical spread of the fastest-growing Indian companies across the UK remains unchanged compared to last year. London continues to be the preferred location for more than half (53 percent) of the 62 fastest growing Indian companies. London is the global home of capital. Over £2.2 billion (Rs 20,000 crore) in Masala Bonds have been listed on the London Stock Exchange by Indian companies.last_img read more

Coaching Centre ACC for punishing 97 teachers

first_img-The Anti-Corruption Commission has recommended that the cabinet division take punitive action against 97 teachers of eight educational institutions in Dhaka city allegedly for their involvement in private coaching centres.  The graft watchdog sent a letter to the cabinet division in this regard on Sunday, ACC deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told Prothom Alo on Monday.Of the 97 teachers, 36 are from Ideal School and College, 24 from Motijheel Model High School and College, seven from Dhaka Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, five from RAJUK Uttara Model College, 12 from Motijheel Government Boys High School, four from Motijheel Government Girls High School, Khilgaon Government High School, one from Khilgaon Government High School, and eight from Dhanmondi Government Boys’ High School.The ACC, in the letter, said the cabinet division can take punitive action against the teachers of government educational institutions considering their activities as breach of government service rules.Earlier, the ACC recommended transferring 522 teachers of the city’s government schools, who have long been working at the institutions, outside the capital as they are allegedly involved in teaching in private institutions disobeying government instructions.last_img read more

Over 1m people live in landslide risks in Chattogram

first_imgMore than 1 million people have been living on the slopes of 30 hills in the district amid risks of landslides during monsoon.According to the Divisional Hill Management Committee, these 1 million people have been living in the 30 hills in Chattogram city, Sitakunda and Jangal Salimpur areas of the district hiring makeshift houses at lower rents.Available statistics reveal that 127 people died in landslides in 2007, 11 in 2008, 15 in 2009 and 2010, 17 in 2011, 23 in 2012, five in 2013, six in 2015, 17 in 2016 and 29 in 2017.30 hills have been identified as vulnerable to landslide, said several officials at the district administration. Of these, 12 were identified as vulnerable after the deadliest 2007 landslides. Some 666 families have been living in 12 hills in the city.Among them, 320 families living in Motijharna and Batali hills in Lalkhan Bazar, 186 families in AK Khan hill, five in Ispahani hill, 12 in hills in Lake City area, 27 in Koiballodham Biswa Colony area hill, 22 in Akbar Shah area hill, 11 in City Corporation area hill, nine in Foyes Lake residential area hill, 38 in Forest Research Institute Academy area hill, three in Nasiraband Industrial area and 33 in Jalalabad Housing Society area hills.The Divisional Hill Management Committee was formed after the death of 127 people in the deadliest landslide in 2007. The committee has, however, failed to take any effective step in the last 11 years to prevent living on hill slopes.Sources here said the activities of the committee are only limited to holding meetings during monsoon.The committee, however, came up with 36 recommendations, including saving the hills from illegal occupants, deforestation, rehabilitation of the people who live on hill slopes and stopping hill cutting, lease out and grabbing, to prevent such deaths.But the district administration was learned to have opted for having a temporary solution to the problem instead of implementing the recommendations.last_img read more

Leaders to go ahead with initiative to forge national unity

first_imgLeaders of various political parties are seen at Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain`s residence at Baily Road in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: Abdus SalamNewly floated Jukto (United) Front and Gano Forum have decided to carry forward the initiative to forge a national unity ahead of the next general elections.At a crucial meeting on Tuesday evening, the leaders of the process formed a four-member sub-committee to work out the details of the unity, including agenda and common goals of the political process.“At this critical juncture, we’ve decided to work together. We’ve constituted a sub-committee which will finalise the next course,” Front leader, and president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury told newsmen after the meeting at Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence in the city.The Front will hold a public rally on 22 September, said B Chowdhury, a former president of Bangladesh.He, however, denied holding any discussion on joining of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the United Front.Only founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra Zafrullah Chowdhury, who maintains liaison between the Front and the BNP, was present at the meeting.Four members of the sub-committee are Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya leader Zahidur Rahman, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Muhsin Montu and BDB secretary general Abdul Mannan.JSD president ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna were also present at the meeting, apart from Kamal Hossain and Badruddoza Chowdhury.Kamal Hossain has been for quite some time talking about a national alliance in order to bring changes in national politics, and ensure free and fair elections and good governance in the country.B Chowdhury has led the process of formation of the Jukta Front with simialr goals, engaging Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Nagorik Oikya besides his Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh.The BNP as well is working on forging a greater alliance to get rid of what it calls ‘misrule’ of the Awami League and ensure free and fair elections in the country.Some political parties are unwilling to join the greater alliance involving the BNP since, they argued, Jamaat-e-Islami is a key component of the BNP-led 20 party alliance.The BNP has decided to join the process of forging national alliance with other political parties, side by side consolidating its alliance, as suggested by jailed party chief Khaleda Zia.Sources in the BNP said Zafrullah Chowdhury has been working to help make an alliance with the parties other than the government-led 14-party alliance.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been monitoring the process, party leaders said.last_img

Road crash in southern India kills 8

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least eight people were killed and over 10 others injured after a passenger bus fell off a bridge into a pond in the southern Indian state of Karnataka on Saturday, police said.The accident occurred near Karekere on national highway 75 in the state’s Hassan district, some 250 km from Karnataka capital Bengaluru.“The state-owned bus carrying 50 people, including a driver and a conductor, plunged into the pond after breaking the railing of the bridge this morning when its driver lost control of the speeding vehicle,” a senior police official said.While eight people, including two women, died on the spot, those injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital, he said. “The driver also died in the accident,” the official added.The bus was on its way to Dharmastala from Bengaluru when the incident took place.Preliminary probe revealed that the accident happened due to the negligence of the bus driver, the official said. “Anyway, we will wait for the final probe report after considering the eye-witness accounts of local residents,” he added.India has the highest number of road fatalities in the world. Road accidents occur mostly due to poor driving or badly maintained roads and vehicles.last_img read more

15 more jailed in Vietnam over economic zone protests

first_imgA court in Vietnam has handed out prison sentences to 15 protesters arrested during mass demonstrations last month against proposed special economic zones in the Southeast Asian country, state media reported on Tuesday.Despite sweeping reforms, communist-ruled Vietnam tolerates little dissent. The country’s constitution allows freedom of assembly, but protests are often broken up by police.At least 31 people have been jailed for taking part in the nationwide demonstrations, triggered by fears that investors from China would dominate the 99-year land leases up for development in the zones.In a trial which ended late on Monday, the People’s Court of Bien Hoa City, in the south of the country, sentenced the protesters to between eight to 18 months in prison.Five others were given 12- to 14-months probation on charges of “causing public disorder”, Voice of Vietnam Radio said.They were arrested when taking to the streets on 10 June and “caused traffic jams”, the report cited the indictment as saying.Their lawyers were not immediately available for comment.Earlier this month, 16 people were jailed under identical charges in Binh Thuan province. June’s protests had turned violent in the province, with protesters hurling bricks and petrol bombs at police.Monday’s trial came less than two weeks after a court in Ho Chi Minh City ordered the release and deportation of William Anh Nguyen, 32, an American man of Vietnamese descent who was also arrested for “causing public disorder” during the protests.”They have done nothing wrong,” Nguyen wrote on his twitter account after Monday’s sentencing. “The fight for justice and democracy continues”.last_img read more

Woman killed as two cars collide in Dhaka

first_imgTwo cars collide in Dhaka killing a woman and wounding five. A collected illustrationA woman was killed and five of her family members were injured as an Uber car carrying them collided with a private car at Bata Signal intersection in the capital on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The deceased was Fulbibi, 55, wife of Abul Kalam, from Barishal.Kazi Shakil, sub-inspector of New Market police station, said the Uber car carrying six people overturned on the road around 7:30 am following a collision with the private car, leaving all six passengers injured.The injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where the physicians declared her dead.The family of Abul Kalam came to Dhaka from Barishal this morning for Abul Kalam’s treatment. The accident occurred when they were going to Dhanmondi from Sadarghat.last_img read more

Hall Of Fame QB Warren Moon Sued For Sexual Harassment

first_img Share via Twitter @USATODAYHall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by an assistant for his sports marketing firm, according to a lawsuit filed in California.The civil lawsuit was filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court. According to court documents, Wendy Haskell alleges Moon made “unwanted and unsolicited” sexual advances as part of her role as his assistant working for Sports 1 Marketing. Moon is the co-founder and president of the company.The Washington Post first reported on the lawsuit Wednesday. The 61-year-old Moon has been working as a radio commentator for the Seattle Seahawks. The team announced later Wednesday that “We have accepted Warren Moon’s request for a leave of absence as the club’s radio analyst.”Moon played parts of 17 seasons in the NFL with Houston, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City. He threw for 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns in the regular season and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. The former University of Washington star led Edmonton to five Canadian Football League titles before playing in the NFL.According to the lawsuit, Haskell was hired as an executive assistant to Moon in the summer of 2017. The lawsuit alleges that Haskell was forced to sleep in the same bed with Moon on business trips while wearing lingerie. Haskell says in the lawsuit that she complained about the arrangement but that Moon responded “this was the way it was.” Additionally, the lawsuit claims Haskell was required to keep the bathroom door unlocked while she showered and Moon repeatedly entered the room.Haskell also claimed she was drugged by Moon during a trip to Mexico in October. The lawsuit alleges that Moon acknowledged drugging Haskell because he thought she wasn’t “having fun.” She also claims Moon pulled off her swimsuit during the Mexico trip.The lawsuit claims that Haskell reported Moon’s behavior to Sports 1 Marketing CEO David Meltzer but the company did not investigate her claims. Haskell claims she was demoted after making the complaints.Haskell’s attorney, Diane L. Fitzgerald, told The Washington Post her client had decided to go public with the suit.“She was expecting to further her career in the sports marketing industry,” Fitzgerald told The Post. “She had no idea that her job duties were going to involve that kind of perverse protocol.”last_img read more

Thousands Mourn Mozambique Rebel Leader as Talks Press On

first_imgBy The Associated PressThousands of people on May 9 attended the funeral of Mozambican rebel and opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, with the country’s president and Dhlakama’s successor pledging to forge ahead with peace talks.Dhlakama died at age 65 last week in his rural hideout in central Mozambique, where he had run a renewed military campaign against the southern African nation’s government after pulling out of a 1992 peace accord that ended 16 years of civil war that killed up to 1 million people.Family members of Mozambique’s opposition leader, Alfonso Dhlakama react during his state funeral in Beira about 700 kilometres south of the capital Maputo. Dhlakama, who led a rebel group during the devastating civil war that ended in 1992 died on May 3. He was 65. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)His death came not long after he had renewed negotiations with the government.President Filipe Nyusi said those talks should continue.“I want to make it clear that I will carry on with the work that we began, the peace and strengthening of our democracy,” Nyusi said at the funeral in the port city of Beira.Dhlakama, who turned the Mozambique National Resistance, or Renamo, from a rebel group into a competitive political party after the 1992 peace deal, had demanded the decentralization of power as a condition to lay down arms. His group, which never fully disarmed, was repeatedly defeated in elections and alleged fraud.Renamo’s interim leader, Ossufo Momade, repeated the demand for more autonomy on Wednesday but committed the movement to negotiations, saying discussions also should focus on integrating Renamo’s fighters into the national army.Nyusi said he accepted the need to finalize the two demands.“I confirm my availability for the process,” the president said, adding that the fighters should disarm and join the national army.In March, Nyusi proposed constitutional changes to redistribute power to the provinces as part of peace efforts.Renamo’s interim leader also alleged that Dhlakama had died in the bush because of the military’s attempts on his life. The Portuguese news agency Lusa has reported that Dhlakama was ill prior to his death, citing an unnamed Renamo official. Nyusi has said he had hoped to help transfer Dhlakama out of the impoverished country for medical treatment, but it was too lateDhlakama’s supporters, some wearing T-shirts with his picture, lined up on Wednesday to view the body of a man loved by some and hated by others for his role in the civil war. Dozens of people climbed trees, while others followed the proceedings from the balconies of nearby apartments.The coffin was draped in the national flag while uniformed soldiers – once the main targets of rebel attacks – stood guard.Speakers described Dhlakama as a visionary, a democrat and a negotiator.“He was a man of the people. He died fighting for the freedom of the people,” Sarah Zhuwawo, who said she was a relative, told The Associated Press.Others were less charitable.“He was a bandit. He was a dangerous man, that one. He wanted this country to collapse,” said Lucas Chikweya, who was selling boiled eggs on the street.In the city of Mutare in neighboring Zimbabwe, some criticized Dhlakama for sending his fighters across the border to attack innocent villagers in the 1980s.Hordes of Mozambicans fled into Zimbabwe and neighboring Malawi as refugees during the fighting.Between 2013 and 2016, Renamo resumed low-intensity sporadic attacks on Mozambican police, the military and civilians after Dhlakama left his Beira residence for rural Gorongosa, citing renewed attacks on him by the government.However, tensions eased in 2017 as Dhlakama met Nyusi in Gorongosa to discuss differences between the two sides.“What matters most is that he was working toward peace at the end. It is important that negotiations are completed before next year’s elections,” said Zimbabwean opposition politician Chris Sibindi, who attended the funeral. Mozambique is set to hold presidential, legislative and provincial elections in October 2019.Dhlakama will be buried Thursday in his home village.last_img read more

Protesters Pushed Back at NYC Federal Jail Where Power Out

first_imgBy JULIE WALKER, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Some demonstrators protesting the lack of heat and electricity at a federal detention center in New York City attempted to enter the facility Sunday, and witnesses said guards drove them back with pushes, shoves and pepper spray.A reporter and photographer for The Associated Press were at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn when a woman, whose son is being detained, tried to get into the jail.Cahana Yehudah, foreground, of the Bronx, cries as she hears the response of prisoners held inside the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal facility with all security levels, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Protesters have gathered outside the facility in recent days following news reports that those housed there have largely been without heat or power for the past week and also haven’t been able to communicate with lawyers or loved ones. Outdoor temperatures have been well below freezing on some recent days, though Sunday was warmer.On Sunday, an inmate was able to call through the window of his cell, which faces out to the street, to his mother below. The woman, Yvonne Murchison, was crying and upset and tried to get into the facility, where visits have been stopped.“I’d trade places with him any day, that’s my child,” she said.She was followed by activists and media into the lobby, where visitors have to pass through metal detectors.Witnesses said officers used significant force to push the people out, with some of those attempting to come in being pushed to the ground. The AP photographer felt some type of spray, and began to have trouble breathing. Those affected were seen washing out their eyes with water or milk.The Bureau of Prisons has acknowledged that the jail “experienced a partial power outage due to a fire in the switch gear room.” The bureau had said a new electrical panel is being installed by an outside contractor and work is expected to be completed by Monday. The agency insisted that inmates had hot water for showers and sinks, and were getting medications as needed.The jail administration did not return an email seeking comment on the clash Sunday.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an investigation of the circumstances of the loss of heat and electricity by the federal Department of Justice, saying the situation was “a violation of human decency and dignity” and also raises “questions of potential violations of law.”The Democrat said he wanted answers, and those responsible held accountable.“Prisoners in New York are human beings,” Cuomo said. “Let’s treat them that way.”last_img read more

County Wins Three National Awards

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comThree Prince George’s County government agencies received awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) during their 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition.  These national awards recognize programs that are innovative by improving services for residents. “We are working to make you proud, bringing efficient, effective and award winning government services that utilize [innovation] to further enhance the quality of life for all our citizens,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsoborooks through a public statement. The agencies that were honored are the County’s Department of Corrections, the Department of the Environment and the Office of Community Relations.  Alsobrooks’ “Clean County” campaign garnered a significant boost after it was recognized for the impact of the “Piloting Food Scrap Collection to Improve Organic Waste Recovery at the County Level” program.Prince George’s County won three awards from the National Association of Counties during their 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition. (Courtesy Photo0This program, which started in 2013 as a year-long pilot for 500 County households receiving residential curbside waste collection services, has helped reduce it’s continuous waste diversion and zero waste goals.   A recent “Waste Characterization Report” determined that 31.3 percent of the trash currently dumped at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill in Upper Marlboro includes food scraps and other decayed organic material than can be used as a plant fertilizer.  The program diverts materials that are accepted and composted at the Prince George’s Organics Composting Facility which is touted as the largest municipal facility on the east coast. Food scraps are combined with the County’s collected yard trim and turned into a landscaping product called Leafgro. Approximately 172,000 households in the County and have their grass clippings, leaves, brush, small branches, and Christmas trees delivered to the facility. Once the yard trim is delivered, it is ground, placed in windrows and processed into compost which is sold to wholesalers in bulk.  For that effort, the program earned NACo’s “County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Award.”After developing the 311 on the Go program, Prince George’s County won the “2019 Achievement Award for Civic Engagement and Public Information.”  The program increases citizen engagement and builds a more informed public through aggressive community outreach. It is designed to be the bridge that connects citizens, businesses and visitors to County information and resources.  They partner with other government agencies and County Council representatives that provide residents with the tools and resources which are designed to advocate for their needs.  The Department of Corrections’ Employee Support Unit earned NaCo’s “Achievement Award in the Personnel Management, Employment and Training” category.   Correctional facilities across the country are facing challenges, whose professional environment leads to a higher risk for health risks. Addiction, depression, anxiety, domestic violence and diabetes have contributed to physical issues that impede these County employees quality of life.Family engagement of correctional employees is at the core of this program, because they often share their stress and are recipients of the burden of parents or spouses who face difficult work hours in a challenging environment to their mental health. The Department hosts family tours throughout the year to give family members an opportunity to see how the correctional facilities operate and gives those loved ones a chance to address their concerns.  The Unit was honored for creating programs to deal with these issues by using a holistic approach to meet the needs of the staff with an onsite staff psychology coordinator, workshops and peer support groups.last_img read more