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4 militants shot dead at Bandipora CRPF camp

first_img4 militants killed in Bandipora “We have not recovered any GPS sets; it appears that they were guided till the camp by a local handler,” said a senior CRPF official.“We found food packets, bananas and water bottles, which indicates that the terrorists arrived the previous night.”Heavy stone-peltingThe CRPF said in a statement that a violent mob gathered in the vicinity after the encounter and there was heavy stone throwing.“Due to the worsening law and order situation in the State, bodies of the four terrorists could not be taken to hospital for post mortem and were kept in an army camp nearby.”An official said they would be buried somewhere in the camp. The case is likely to be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the “heavily armed fidayeen terrorists” came with an intent to breach the CRPF camp.“They were heavily armed with automatic rifles, grenades and incendiary material such as petrol, and were carrying dry rations, which indicate they had planned a prolonged siege and intended to cause extensive damage. The group attempted entry by cutting the wire fencing and shooting at the sentry. The sentries responded with alacrity and returned fire. A heavy exchange took place, during which the terrorists lobbed more than two dozen grenades in an attempt to escape,” Mr. Singh said in a statement.“However, the CRPF, in cooperation with Jammu & Kashmir police, shot all the four terrorists dead,” the Home Minister added.It was around 3.30 a.m. that the armed militants were spotted near the 45 Battalion Headquarters of the CRPF at Sumbal. The Constable on duty responded to the terrorists’ firing from a nearby open orchard.Ammunition recoveredA Srinagar-based police spokesman said four AK rifles, 12 AK magazines, 140 AK rounds, seven UBGL grenades and nine hand grenades were recovered from the encounter site.The killings resulted in a complete shutdown in Sumbal. Four “foreign” terrorists on a suicide mission were killed early on Monday morning when they tried to storm the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Kashmir’s Bandipora district.The encounter lasted more than an hour. CRPF officials said the terrorists carried “petrol cans,” indicating their intention to set the camp on fire.A senior Home Ministry official said that though the identity of the terrorists was yet to be established, it was clear that they had come from across the border and, in all likelihood, belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).last_img read more

‘I didn’t even have a moustache in the year mentioned in charges against me’, says Lalu’s son Tejaswi

first_img The charges were an attempt to “create a crack in the grand alliance” in Bihar. “But it will not happen. The alliance is strong and will continue to be so,” he said.“When I took over as the Deputy Chief Minister, I made clear our policy of zero tolerance on the issue of corruption. Has any charge of corruption been levelled in any of the three departments I hold”, he asked.The RJD would now go to the people’s court and expose the BJP’s “conspiracy” against them, he said.Also Read Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Wednesday said the corruption charges levelled against him were part of a “political conspiracy” and based on period when he “didn’t even have a moustache.”“I was just 14-15 years old. How could I have indulged in such activities?. It is a political conspiracy against me by the BJP and its leaders Amit Shah and Narendra Modi”, he told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.Also Read Tejaswi Yadav will not resign, affirms RJD  Sources said a tense atmosphere prevailed at the Cabinet meeting, which lasted only for 25 minutes. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar maintained a stoic silence and did not speak to journalists.On Tuesday, the JD(U) asked the RJD to make its stand clear on the corruption charges against Mr. Yadav. Those facing graft charges should reveal facts: JD(U)last_img read more

Trump withdraws Warriors invitation to White House

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Outspoken WarriorsSpeaking at the Warriors media day later Friday, Curry said simply: “I don’t wanna go.”Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James meanwhile took aim at Trump’s withdrawn invite.“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite,” James wrote on Twitter.“Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”The NBA Players Association also rallied swiftly behind Curry.ADVERTISEMENT “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump wrote.It was not immediately clear if the White House had formally extended an invitation to the Warriors to attend the reception, a tradition that goes back several decades.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpeaking on Friday, Curry said the Warriors could make a “statement” by declining to attend the White House reception if an invite was offered.“Obviously, you don’t wanna rush to a decision on understanding the magnitude of what this means,” Curry told ESPN. “We have an opportunity to send a statement that hopefully encourages unity, encourages us to appreciate what it means to be American, and stand for something.” Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, talks with Kevin Durant, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Dallas. APLOS ANGELES, United States — President Donald Trump said Saturday he was withdrawing a White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors after several players on the NBA championship-winning side voiced misgivings about attending a reception.Writing on Twitter, Trump singled out Warriors star Stephen Curry, who on Friday had signaled that he would vote against attending the White House reception in any team discussion.ADVERTISEMENT AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder “Steph: consider this withdrawal a badge of honor!” NBAPA executive director Michele Roberts wrote on Twitter.Warriors players have been among the most outspoken against Trump’s administration.Last month, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant said he would boycott the White House if the Warriors were invited, accusing Trump of escalating racial tensions in the United States.“Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN when asked whether he would attend the White House.“I don’t respect who’s in office right now…I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”Durant said he expected many teammates would follow suit. “That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me,” Durant said, saying he believed Trump bore responsibility for stoking racial divisions.“He’s definitely driving it,” Durant said. “I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When (Barack) Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.“So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top.”Trump a ‘blowhard’Warriors coach Steve Kerr has also been one of Trump’s most searing critics from within the ranks of the NBA, describing him as a “blowhard.”“Frankly, I think it’s why Trump couldn’t be more ill-suited to be president, because he’s a blowhard,” Kerr said earlier this year. “You don’t see some of the qualities you talk about, the resilience, the ability to communicate, the compassion. None of that… To be a great leader, there have to be some qualities in there.“Has anyone ever thought that Donald Trump was a great leader?” /cbb Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

London Olympics: Indian women’s archery team knocked out of Games

first_imgThe Indian women’s archery team was off target in crunch situations as it lost to Denmark by a point in a see-saw pre-quarterfinal battle at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Sunday.[blurb} The trio of world number one Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro lost 210-211 to the Danish team, comprising Louise Laursen, Maja Jager and Carina Christiansen.Even though the Indians hit more perfect 10s than their rivals, the Danish saved their best for key moments in which the Indians seemed to wilt under pressure.The Danes hit the bulls’ eye thrice compared to just once by the Indians, who were hampered by Deepika’s indifferent form.Bombayla, however, seemed in good touch and kept the team in the hunt till the end, getting most of the 10s- including 3 in a row, but Swuro fired a poor 5 and then a 6 to let the team down.The Indians managed to win the first and the last sets, but the Danes held the overall lead.Earlier, the men’s team had crashed out at the pre-quarterfinal stage on Saturday after losing to Japan.The archers now have to look forward to the individual events starting on Monday.last_img read more

More leagues want to play the sponsorship game

first_imgIPL still an ad-puller; 2017 edition ‘sold out’ for broadcasters SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL schedule undergoes minor changes due to MCD polls × March 20, 2017 IPL eps IPL eps RELATED Published on SHARE cricket Kenstar teams up with Mumbai Indians for IPL season 10 advertising COMMENT Table tennis, mixed martial arts among others set to join the action With rising sports sponsorships, more leagues are expected to join the fray. Some leagues, which till now had only one season are looking to break the year into two seasons to cash in on the demand.While a new table tennis league on the lines of the IPL is expected to be launched by July, others, like the Premier Futsal League, are mulling having two seasons in a year, akin to the Pro Kabaddi League last year.Other leagues which marked its presence recently include a mixed martial arts league, a powerboat grand prix and eSports leagues.Six major leaguesCurrently, there are six major sports leagues: the Indian Premier League, the Indian Super League, Hockey India League, Premier Badminton League, Pro Kabbadi League, the International Premier Tennis League.Procam International, which recently introduced a powerboat racing in Mumbai, said it was keen to take the grand prix of powerboats to other cities.“Powerboat Grand Prix are huge spectator sports globally and we wanted to bring the same to India. We are looking to take the grand prix to other cities as well,” Vivek Singh, Cofounder, Procam International, said. Singh said the company plans to have a full circuit of 21 events by 2020, backed by a healthy line of sponsors.Similarly, the maiden edition of the Super Fight League commenced its first season in January this year. “We saw an opportunity in promoting a league in India as both wrestling and boxing have been traditionally played here,” Bill Dosanjh, CEO and principal founder, Super Fight League, had said. The company has invested about ₹60 crore in the league. According to an ESP-Sportzpower report, cricket still attracts the largest sponsors with the Indian Premier League’s team sponsorships growing 25.85 per cent, from ₹341.2 crore in 2015 to ₹429.4 crore in 2016.Football, on the other hand, saw a marginal drop from ₹99 crore in 2015 to ₹98.2 crore in 2016, whereas kabbadi saw a major rise with two seasons in 2016. Kabaddi’s sponsorship revenue grew ₹118 crore in 2015 to ₹172 crore in 2016.The Badminton League in its new Premier Badminton League avatar saw ₹8 crore in sponsorships.Vinit Karnik, Business Head, ESP Properties, said, “There was doubt about the longevity of such leagues which had mushroomed since 2011-12. Tennis fared the worst with both Champions Tennis League and IPTL taking huge hits. CTL disappeared and IPLT stayed afloat with a watered-down version. PWL had to push dates ahead as their finances got affected by demonetisation. But we also saw the return of Premier Badminton League and two seasons of the kabaddi league. But the industry survived the blips and sports sponsorship grew to touch ₹6,400-crore mark.”Key sponsorship drivers“Going by the 2016 performance, the expectation is that PKL, ISL and Pro Wrestling Leagues will be key sponsorship drivers behind big elephant IPL in 2017,” the report said, adding that the franchise contribution has shown a growth of 4.97 per cent from ₹201.2 crore to ₹211.2 crore.This includes an additional ₹18–20 crore from another edition of the PKL in 2017 itself. Though other sports lost out from the pushing forward of the Pro Wrestling League and fewer franchises in Indian Premier Tennis League, the return of Premier Badminton League to the arena saw its six franchises collectively pay nearly ₹20 crore to league owner Badminton Association of India. COMMENTSlast_img read more

Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale: Best smartphone deals you can get under Rs 20,000

first_imgThe Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale is already underway. The sale is offering some great deals on various smartphones from popular brands. Whether you are looking to buy a budget smartphone or an ultra-premium flagship — if it sells on Flipkart, then it’s the right time to get your desired smartphone. While there are a lot of good deals on premium smartphones, the sub-Rs 20,000 segment is offering a plethora of deals on a lot of midrange smartphones. Phones from popular brands such as Xiaomi, Nokia, Motorola, Honor, Realme and others are getting mega discounts.The sale is offering some popular smartphones with mega discounts. Phones such as the Realme 2 Pro and the Redmi Note 6 Pro are enjoying some huge discounts. If you have been waiting to buy a stock Android One device, then the Motorola One Power and Nokia 5.1 Plus offer great deals. And if raw power is all you seek, then the Poco F1 with its Snapdragon 845 chip is the most powerful smartphone you can buy for less than Rs 20,000.Here are some of the great deals for less than Rs 20,000 you can avail in the Flipkart sale.Poco F1 (from Rs 17,999)The Poco F1 from Xiaomi is easily the most attractive smartphone you can get for less than Rs 20,000. A liquid-cooled Snapdragon 845 with 6GB RAM for the lower variant is more than enough for gamers to get their PUBG demands met. A 4000mAh battery is more than enough to keep the phone alive for a day while the IR face unlock works effortlessly in low light. The base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage can be owned for Rs 17,999, which is the best deal for performance seekers.advertisementNokia 5.1 Plus (from Rs 8,999)At Rs 8,999, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a mighty good deal. It offers a MediaTek Helio P60 chip with 3GB RAM as standard, which is more than enough to play some demanding games like PUBG without lags or stutters. The 5.1 Plus with its glass body and a modern notch display is also one of the most premium looking phones you can buy right now for less than Rs 10,000. And yes, it runs on a stock Android Pie ROM with guaranteed updates for the next two years.Moto One Power (Rs 13,999)If you are looking for the best battery life, then Moto One Power at Rs 13,999 is a great deal. A 5000mAh battery paired with a Snapdragon 636 chipset and a stock Android One ROM with the latest Pie update makes it a sweet deal. The handset also comes with Moto’s TurboPower fast charging. It also sports a metal body and a notched display.Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (from Rs 12,999)Even with the Redmi Note 7 coming, the Note 6 Pro makes for a very good smartphone at Rs 12,999. It’s quad-cameras setup – 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear setup and 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel front camera setup. Clubbed with AI, the note 6 Pro takes some really good looking photos. A 4000mAh battery is also large enough to make it last an entire day.Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 (from Rs 11,999)The ZenFone Max Pro M2 is one beast of a smartphone for Rs 11,999. It offers a Snapdragon 660 chipset, a stock Android interface, a huge 5000mAh battery and a glossy rear panel with gradient finish. The Max Pro M2 is scheduled to get the Android Pie update soon.ALSO READ | Flipkart is selling Samsung Galaxy S8 for Rs 30,990, is it worth buying in 2019?ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30 vs Redmi Note 7: Launch in India soon and here is what we know about themALSO READ | Apex Legends on mobile could be a riot, but PUBG MOBILE could still be unbeatablehttps://www.indiatoday.in/technology/features/story/apex-legends-on-mobile-could-be-a-riot-but-pubg-mobile-could-still-be-unbeatable-1459940-2019-02-19last_img read more

Talking Horses: Impulsive Star can show Festival credentials at Catterick Bridge

first_imgTopics Share on WhatsApp Horse racing Horse racing tips Talking Horses Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Catterick Bridge is not a noted source of future Cheltenham Festival winners, and I can find only one since 2003 – Attaglance, who took the conditionals’ handicap hurdle in 2010 – that set out on its National Hunt career at the north Yorkshire track. But the racegoers there on Tuesday could well see a horse to follow in the Beginners’ Chase, when Impulsive Star (1.20) and Sam Waley-Cohen set out on a path that could well lead them to the National Hunt Chase next March.Impulsive Star was the 8-1 favourite for the Pertemps Final at last season’s Festival meeting, and though he beat only three of his 23 rivals to the line, he was always expected to come into his own over fences. Read more featurescenter_img Today’s four-runner field has more depth than the turnout might suggest, as it includes Alzammaar, who was a couple of places in front of Impulsive Star at the Festival, and another interesting chase debutant in Tomngerry, whose latest rating over timber was only 8lb behind Impulsive Star’s mark of 140. Neil Mulholland’s runner should have the class to get him through, though, on the way to better things.Solo Saxophone, who lines up in the preceding race, is Frankel’s first runner over hurdles and showed enough in a brief career on the level to sugest he can take a hand in the finish. Haulani (12.50), though, arrives with a similar profile to last year’s winner Nietzsche, who went on to finish third in the Fred Winter at the Festival, while Buckle Street (1.50) has run well in a higher grade on his last two starts and should appreciate another step up in trip today.Officials at Fakenham were not entirely satisfied with the track during an 8am inspection and will have another look at 10am in the hope that the last of the frost will be out of the ground. Creep Desbois (1.40) could be the best bet there if it gets the go-ahead, while Muqarred (1.00) returned to form at Southwell last time out and is a big price at around 7-1 to make up a length-and-a-half on Mach One on 6lb better terms.Tuesday’s racing tips, by Greg WoodCatterick Bridge12.20 Toarmandowithlove 12.50 Haulani 1.20 Impulsive Star 1.50 Buckle Street 2.20 Espoir De Teillee 2.50 John Williams (nb) 3.20 Return TicketSouthwell 12.30 Optimickstickhill 1.00 Muqarred (nap) 1.30 Ladies First 2.00 Tricky Dicky 2.30 Throckley 3.00 Best Tamayuz 3.30 Broadhaven HoneyFakenham12.40 Banjo Girl 1.10 Mamoo 1.40 Creep Desbois 2.10 Aza Run 2.40 Mortens Leam 3.10 No Hiding Place Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest BHA in a tight corner as panel hears Hughie Morrison nandrolone case Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Report: Croatia 2 Senegal 1

first_imgCroatia 2 Senegal 1: Kramaric secures much-needed victory Alex Fisher 02:03 6/9/18 andrejkramaric - cropped Getty Images Andrej Kramaric rescued Croatia against Senegal on Friday, the striker’s late goal securing an unconvincing 2-1 triumph. Croatia recovered from a dour opening 60 minutes in Osijek to beat Senegal 2-1 and finish their World Cup preparations with a much-needed victory.Zlatko Dalic’s side struggled to make an impression on proceedings on Friday and found themselves behind early the second half as Ismaila Sarr scored a stunning opener.The opening goal served as a wake-up call for the hosts and they dragged themselves level just after the hour, Ivan Perisic’s free-kick deflecting off the wall on its way past Abdoulaye Diallo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Andrej Kramaric sealed the win for Croatia with 12 minutes remaining, the Hoffenheim striker lashing home at the second attempt after his original effort had been blocked.There was still time for Sadio Mane to rattle the crossbar with a late free-kick, and Senegal saw another late chance go begging as Salif Sane fired wide.Having survived those scares, Croatia clung on for victory, but Dalic will expect much more when his team open their World Cup campaign against Nigeria on June 16.last_img read more

Photo: Tony Romo, Jason Garrett In Houston To Support Duke vs. Gonzaga

first_imgTony Romo and Jason Garrett support Duke at Elite Eight.Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett have never been shy about their love for the Duke Blue Devils – they’ve been spotted attending home games and hanging out with players in the locker room. Sunday night, it looks like the duo will be in Houston to watch their favorite college basketball squad try to reach this year’s Final Four. Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer snapped a photo of them finding their seats behind Duke’s bench.Early Tony Romo and Jason Garrett sighting behind the Duke bench pic.twitter.com/kMXVHx0N3R— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) March 29, 2015If Duke loses, expects the conspiracy theories to start flying.last_img

Atletico Madrid sign €8m Saponjic from Benfica

first_imgAtletico Madrid have signed Serbia Under-21 striker Ivan Saponjic from Benfica on a three-year contract, the club have announced. Neither club disclosed the fee paid for the 21-year-old but the deal is reported to be worth in the region of €8 million (£7.1m/$9m).A physically imposing forward, Saponjic will provide an extra attacking option for coach Diego Simeone alongside Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and record signing Joao Felix, who also arrived from Benfica for €126m (£113m/$141m). Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare But while the Portugal international starred in the club’s Primeira Liga triumph in the 2018-19 season, Saponjic played for Benfica B after joining from Partizan Belgrade in January 2016 and spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan with Belgian club Zulte Waregem.He joins fellow new faces Marcos Llorente, Hector Herrera, Felipe, Lodi and Joao Felix at Atletico, with star forward Antoine Griezmann widely expected to complete a €120m (£107m/$135m) switch to Barcelona.The 21-year-old Serb joined Partizan from Sloboda Uzice as a youth player in 2013, working his way up to the first team where he made his competetive debut in 2014.He scored 11 times in 42 appearances for the Serb giants, starring as they won the Serbian Cup in 2015 and forcing his way into the under-21 side of the Serbian national team.He failed to make an appearance in Benfica’s first team after swapping Belgrade for Lisbon, but managed to net eight times in 40 appearances for the B team before loaned out to Belgium in 2017.His chances of making the first team at the Wanda Metropolitano will be boosted if Griezmann finally makes his long-awaited move to Camp Nou in the coming weeks, with the France World Cup-winner believed to have agreed terms to move to the Liga champions. Last season’s runners up Atletico are looking to make up an 11-point gap to Barca next term, as they aim to win a first league crown since Simeone guided them to a shock title success in 2014.last_img read more

Contship Italia Sees Slight Drop in Box Volumes

first_imgzoom Italy’s container terminal operator Contship Italia Group recorded a 1.3% overall decrease in handling volumes for 2017, compared to 2016.As informed, the company recorded the drop in 2017 volumes “despite strong performances at its flagship facilities at La Spezia, Salerno and Tangier.”Whilst market demand for Contship’s Gateway terminals with access to Italy, south and central Europe continues to increase, transshipment activities resulted in a 6.8% decrease year-on-year.Contship’s La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) handled a total of 1.38 million TEUs in 2017, a 17.6% increase when compared to 1.17 million TEUs seen in 2016.Additionally, Salerno Container Terminal’s (SCT) volumes rose to 420,000 TEUs in 2017 from 375,000 TEUs recorded a year earlier.Terminal Container Ravenna (TCR) was Contship’s only maritime gateway terminal whose volumes decreased to 185,000 TEUs in 2017 from 204,000 TEUs handled in 2016.Box volumes at Eurogate Tangier continued to rise, with a total of 1.44 million TEUs handled in 2017, compared to 1.17 million TEUs reported in 2016.However, Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) and Cagliari International Container Terminal (CICT) both saw box volume declines by 35.5% and 12.4% in 2017, respectively.“2017 was a challenging year for the maritime industry, especially the reorganisation of liner alliances which has significantly changed the environment,” Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello, Contship Italia Group President, commented.“More and more the focus has shifted from port performance to supply chain performance with Contship’s intermodal product Hannibal, being able to record increased transport volumes compared to the year before,” Eckelmann-Battistello added.last_img read more

Hundreds queue in Quebec to be among first buyers of legal cannabis

first_imgMONTREAL – Marijuana smoke wafted through the heart of Montreal’s downtown shopping district Wednesday as hundreds of people lined up to purchase legal cannabis for the first time at Quebec’s state-run shops.Hugo Senecal, 39, emerged to cheers as he brandished a brown paper bag containing three different strains and a couple of pre-rolled joints, one of which he immediately lit up on the street.He and his friend Corey Stone arrived at 3:45 a.m. and waited over six hours to become the first customers allowed into the discreet beige and green storefront on Montreal’s Ste-Catherine Street when the doors opened at 10 a.m.“It’s actually the end of prohibition,” said Stone, 32.“There’s no police officer around. Everyone is leaving us alone.”Senecal said the staff was courteous and the price — about $136 for 20 grams — was slightly lower than what he would pay elsewhere.He said he would not necessarily switch over from the medical provider he already uses, but he had wanted to be part of a “historic” moment.“Worth the wait,” he said as smoke swirled around his head.Sarah Cantin and Ahmed Bakr rolled in on bicycles, waving a red-and-white cannabis leaf flag that had been signed by several of their friends from as far away as Egypt, Dubai, and San Francisco.After living overseas in countries where people are still jailed for smoking marijuana, Cantin said Wednesday was a shining moment for Canada.“I’m proud of my government,” she said. “To come back to live in a place where they look to the future and don’t just see the negative parts (of cannabis smoking.)”The downtown Montreal store was one of 12 that opened across the province on Wednesday, according to the subsidiary of the provincial liquor corporation that has exclusive rights over sales.An online store was also up and running. Spokespeople for the cannabis corporation were not granting interviews Wednesday. They said a report on first-day sales would not be available until Thursday.Large crowds were visible outside stores across the province.In Quebec City, about 100 people braved the wind and the rain to check out the government’s supply.“When you’ve been buying in secret for 50 years, and now it’s legal, it’s a big change,” 66-year-old Andre St-Gelais said.On Montreal’s St-Hubert Street, the customers who emerged from another of the city’s cannabis stores expressed satisfaction with the service and prices.“The employees seem well trained and you can see they know what they’re talking about,” said Olivier Ferro, who bought an assortment of dried cannabis flowers, capsules and pre-rolled joints.The upbeat celebrations outside the stores took place against the backdrop of cannabis laws that are among the strictest in the country.Sales in Quebec are restricted to government-run stores, and private cultivation is not allowed, in contrast to many other provinces.Many cities have chosen to ban smoking in all public places, and Quebec’s newly elected government has promised to raise the smoking age to 21 from 18.Stone expressed hope that legalization would eventually dissipate the “huge stigma” that still surrounds cannabis smoking.“You can see it in the people walking by,” he said outside the downtown Montreal outlet. “Some are smiling, but some are shaking their heads.”The provincial cannabis corporation said it would be offering some 110 products — from containers of pre-rolled Tsunami brand joints to small vials of cannabis oil.In a set-up closer to a pharmacy than a wine boutique, customers were asked to show their IDs before being led out of public view to select from the products kept behind a counter.Quebec’s major labour unions, meanwhile, were battling it out in an effort to unionize cannabis employees on their first day on the job Wednesday.Three unions had representatives on site at the Quebec stores, seeking signatures for union drives.One union — the Quebec Federation of Labour-affiliated United Food and Commercial Workers Union — announced that stores in Montreal and Rimouski had already signed on with it to unionize.The Canadian Union of Public Employees — also affiliated with the QFL — and the Confederation of National Trade Unions were also angling to sign up employees, who earn a starting wage of about $14 an hour.Provincial and Montreal police Wednesday afternoon reported no problems, on the roads or elsewhere, related to the first day of legal cannabis sales.— With files from Sidhartha Banerjee, Stephanie Marin and Caroline Plantelast_img read more

Mystery millionaire holds 233M winning ticket

The winner of a $23.3 million lottery ticket that was sold in the Hamilton region knows they hit the jackpot but haven’t claimed their prize.The OLG has confirmed that the winning ticket has been validated at a retail location but no one has gone to the Prize Centre yet in Toronto to claim it.The LOTTO 6/49 ticket was for the Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 draw worth $23,324,912.20.Details of where the ticket was purchased will be revealed once the winner goes through the prize claim review process to confirm they are the rightful owner of the ticket.The next LOTTO 6/49 draw is on Wednesday, Feb. 7 for an estimated $9 million jackpot plus the Guaranteed $1 million prize draw.RELATED STORIESLottery ticket worth $23 million sold in Hamilton area

Argentine named head of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Rogelio Pfirter, a lawyer and career diplomat who served most recently as Argentina’s Under-Secretary for Foreign Policy, was named the new Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday. He thanked delegates for their unanimous support and said the OPCW “serves as a model for the global disarmament of weapons of mass destruction.”Mr. Pfirter replaces José Bustani, whose term as Director-General was cut short in April by a vote in a special session of the States Parties. The incoming OPCW chief, who will serve a four-year term, pledged to put the Organization “firmly back on its feet” following what he termed “one of the most complicated periods in its brief history.””This is time for healing,” he told the OPCW staff. “Time for regrouping.”Looking to the tasks ahead, Mr. Pfirter emphasized the need for collective wisdom, joint action and consensus decision-making in tackling global problems. “The task of ridding the world of chemical weapons and ensuring that these do not threaten human lives again demands no less than the participation of all member States,” he said.The new Director-General pledged to be guided by the principles of transparency and even-handedness. “For me confidence requires that implementation of the Convention be carried out in a balanced and non-discriminatory manner,” he stressed. He also pledged to secure the necessary financial resources for OPCW to carry out its mandate.Stressing that chemical weapons arsenals and former chemical weapon production facilities must be destroyed as soon as possible, he noted that “there is still a way to go before the Convention becomes truly universal.”The OPCW aims to achieve a number of key objectives, including the elimination of chemical weapons and the capacity to develop them as well as the verification of non-proliferation, international assistance and protection in the event of the use or threat of use of those deadly arms. read more

UN General Assembly celebrates 20 years of promoting a culture of peace

Ms. Espinosa was speaking at a high-level forum to mark the 20th anniversary of the General Assembly’s adoption of a Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace.“Because peace is more than the absence of war, it needs constant nurturing through the pursuit of dignity and equality, of human rights and justice, of respect and understanding, and of cooperation and multilateralism”, she said.As UN Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti pointed out, although peace is at the heart of the work of the United Nations, it is something that must be addressed daily.“A culture of peace is inseparable from human rights, respect for diversity, and fairer societies,” she said.“One main challenge as we strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is to build more preventive and inclusive approaches that ensure the participation of women, young people and vulnerable, marginalized and non-represented groups.”The Chef de Cabinet said working to achieve peace not only covers traditional notions of security but also challenges such as social injustice, the normalization of hate speech, terrorism, violence against women, and conflict.Leymah Gbowee from Liberia knows many of these issues first-hand. She won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her role in uniting Christian and Muslim women to help end her country’s 14-year civil war.She said peace is seen as the absence of bad, rather than the presence of good. However, instead of being “a fairytale of bland happiness”, she views it as quite radical.“If we dig a little deeper into what a culture of peace actually looks like, it pushes us beyond understanding peace as the absence of conflict and being a positive state itself”, Ms. Gbowee told the gathering.“A culture of peace creates an environment where people thrive and have their needs met. It looks like a population of satisfied people: healthy children, educated children, a functional health system, responsive justice structure, an empowered, recognized, appreciated and fully compensated community of women; food on the table of every home, and a lot more. It is the full expression of human dignity.”The high-level commemorative event marked Ms. Espinosa’s final session presiding over the General Assembly, where all 193 Member States have equal representation.In her goal to bring the UN’s main deliberative and policy-making organ closer to everyday people, she chose the traditional ruler of the Ashanti people of Ghana to deliver the keynote address: a historic first.Representing a kingdom that has existed since the 17th century, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II ascended the podium wearing kente cloth and accompanied by two praise-singers.He highlighted some of the UN’s accomplishments in preserving global security: for example, staving off nuclear war and preventing conflict between nations. However, as he observed, the landscape today is different.“Warfare is no longer the threat we face from states; it is now a danger we face on a daily basis from our citizens and from all quarters. This new threat comes on the heels of an unprecedented trust deficit in political leadership at the national level. The effect of this trust deficit is to erode the capacity of political leaders to rally their people to coalesce around national interests. The consequence for peace and security cannot be overstated”, he said.The Ashanti leader called for a new partnership between elected authorities and traditional governance, in the spirit of authentic collaboration. read more

Garages urged to sign up to the service and repair code

Any garage wishing to subscribe to the new Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair, recently launched by Motor Codes Limited, can do so right now via the user-friendly website www.motorcodes.co.uk When businesses sign up, they will gain access to the dedicated subscriber area of the code web site, which gives users all the information they need to prepare for when it is fully launched to consumers. By taking these early steps, customers coming through the doors of an outlet subscribing to the code will be able to recognise that they are in the hands of a responsible business which will commit to:honest and fair servicesopen and transparent pricingcomplete work as agreed invoices that match quoted pricescompetent and conscientious staffa straightforward and swift complaints procedure The code aims to promote and safeguard the interests of consumers by helping them identify subscribing garages and providing an easily accessible and robust dispute resolution mechanism when required. The code itself will:provide a free consumer advice lineprovide free conciliation and low cost, legally binding arbitrationoffer consumers more rights than required by law “We are extremely pleased with the commitment made by thousands of garages so far and have been able to help many of them get things in place prior to the full launch later this summer,” said Chris Mason, Motor Codes Director. “By logging on and subscribing now, individual garages will benefit by having time to familiarise themselves fully with the code workings and also add to the considerable support of this industry-wide initiative.” To allow businesses plenty of time to prepare for the consumer launch planned for August, the straightforward on-line process describes the code and enables garages to subscribe easily and instantly. Over 5,500 garages had already signalled their intent to subscribe when the code was launched to the trade at the Office of Fair Trading last month and now that the web-based system is live, many more will be encouraged to sign up. To supplement awareness, a series of advertisements is scheduled to run in selected trade titles and other industry publications throughout the summer. This will help promote the code identity and also demonstrate the commitment behind this important initiative.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

US fugitive wanted for murder remanded as extradition proceedings to begin

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2011 US murder: Magistrate’s Court has no jurisdiction to hear case- Lawyers for the accusedMarch 27, 2018In “Court”Magistracy has jurisdiction to hear extradition proceedings- High Court Judge rulesJune 15, 2018In “Court”More US extraditions of fugitives hiding in Guyana imminentMay 6, 2019In “Crime” Fugitive Troy Thomas who was wanted for the December 11, 2011, murder of Guyanese Keith Frank in Richmond Hill, New York was on Tuesday remanded to prison after he reappeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus.Murder accused: Troy Anthony ThomasAccording to a representative of the United States Government, Stacy Gooding their Administration produced statements, with information relating to Thomas, which contained evidence as it relates to the murder of Frank. These documents were handed over to the court.Gooding related that the statements are in favour of Armila Glasgow who is responsible for the tendering of documents on behalf of the United States.The court also heard that Simeon Reid and Eon Alanzo, two senior members of the Guyana Police Force gave statements regarding the case.Thomas is represented by Nigel Hughes, Bernard De Silva and Darren Wade.Hughes asked that the court provide a printed document in relation to the extraditing treaty and the methodology that will be used.The matter was adjourned to March 22 to begin the extradition proceedings and March 23 for additional statements on the matter.Thomas was recently arrested in Guyana by ranks of the Guyana Police Force.He was being hunted by the New York Police Department, and a wanted bulletin was issued for him in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Frank after an altercation outside of a South Richmond Hill party.It was then disclosed by US law enforcement agents that Thomas had fled the country to Canada within hours of his alleged crime.Shortly after, the man reportedly traveled to Guyana before the wanted bulletin which was issued by the US had reached Interpol. read more

Community responsibility underpins future Fortescue growth

first_imgFortescue’s Founder and Chairman, Andrew Forrest AO joined Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gaines, the Fortescue Board of Directors and shareholders for the 15th Annual General Meeting of Fortescue Metals Group. Ms Gaines outlined Fortescue’s achievements over the 2018 financial year including:Record shipments of 46.5 Mt in the June quarter, to deliver the production target of 170 Mt for the yearAn industry-leading and record low C1 cost of $12.36/wmtNet gearing of 24%Approval of the $1.275 billion Eliwana mine and rail projectDividend payout ratio of 62%, increasing returns to shareholders.“Our results for FY18 continue to demonstrate our strong operational and cost performance across all of our sites, underpinned by our commitment and ongoing focus to become global leaders in safety,” Gaines said.“We are investing in the long-term sustainability of our core iron ore business, while pursuing growth and development opportunities, managing our flexible capital structure and delivering strong returns to our shareholders.”“We work hard to ensure communities benefit from our success, by creating economic opportunities for Aboriginal people through the provision of training, employment and business development,” she said.Demonstrating the positive impact Fortescue is having on Aboriginal people in the Pilbara, the Fortescue Board of Directors was joined by participants of the latest cohort of the company’s Leadership and Excellence in Aboriginal People (LEAP) program.Forrest said, “At Fortescue it is about giving a hand up, not a hand out and programs like LEAP provide our Aboriginal work mates with the chance to grow in confidence and become role models both at work and within their own communities.”Outlining Fortescue’s future development opportunities Forrest said, “Fortescue’s growth will be built on our reputational capital, underpinned by our people and our deep relationships within the communities in which we work. Just as we have in the Pilbara, we will collaborate to contribute effectively to overall social and economic wellbeing and to the empowerment of communities.”Fortescue’s LEAP started as a pilot program in November 2015 with 14 participants. Following the success of the pilot, LEAP is now in its fourth year. Of the 19 participants this year, 26% are women.Fortescue directly employs 810 Aboriginal people representing 14.4% of the total workforce. The total number of Aboriginal people working on Fortescue sites is 1,161 including direct employees, labour hire and contractors.last_img read more

More than 1500 properties had their electricity or gas cut off in

first_imgTHE ELECTRICITY OR gas supply in over 1500 properties was cut off in April this year, the latest figures reveal.However, ‘anecdotal evidence’ from suppliers suggest that a significant number of these were vacant properties.At the beginning of March this year, both ESB and Bord Gáis Networks altered the way vacant sites are identified during the disconnection process by the network technician that visits the site.Previously, between 36% and 40% of sites disconnected where deemed to be vacant.The Commission for Energy Regulation outlines that 805 properties had their domestic electricity supply disconnected, with Electric Ireland customers making up more than half of these. Source: CERJust over 730 saw their gas supply cut off, with the vast majority of these (81%) being Bord Gáis Energy customers. Source: CERThe disconnection figures for the first quarter of this year represent a fall of 41% in electricity and 29% in gas.However, CER advised that “caution by must must be taken when comparing data from early 2014 with other periods as a moratorium on domestic disconnections was in place in early 2014″.Over 15,000 gas and electricity customers in Ireland were disconnected in 2013 for non-payment, far less than previous years.Read: Engage with your energy supplier and you won’t be cut off >More: Over 15,000 gas and electricity customers were cut-off for not paying in 2013 >last_img read more

Wheels came off Head of State corporate watchdog says lessons learned after

first_img 11,977 Views Image: Oireachtas TV 21 Comments Feb 19th 2019, 9:22 PM https://jrnl.ie/4502670 Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 9:21 PM The question is how does the ODCE interact with the courts, and with the Director of Public Prosecutions. I cannot, and the government cannot, express confidence in this office.The ODCE’s Drennan was addressing the Oireachtas Business Committee on proposals from the government to establish the ODCE as a stand-alone agency, in order to strengthen the regulatory framework with which Ireland can tackle white-collar crime. He said today that the failures made his office in relation to the Fitzpatrick trial were “fully acknowledged” and that “valuable lessons” had been learned, adding that the blame for the trial’s collapse did not lie solely with the ODCE.He also said that the scale of the wider probe into Anglo was “completely unprecedented”, and the ODCE wasn’t equipped to deal with it.Nevertheless, Drennan also defended the ODCE’s conduct and said that four out of five of its Anglo probes resulted in convictions. “Hindsight is 20/20,” he said. “Five separate strands of investigation, and each on their own was enormous… things go wrong and unfortunately in this case things went wrong in a catastrophic way. Things went wrong.” Image: Oireachtas TVcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Wheels came off’: Head of State corporate watchdog says lessons learned after failures in Anglo trial Ian Drennan was addressing the Oireachtas Business committee this evening. THE HEAD OF the State’s corporate watchdog has told an Oireachtas Committee “the wheels came off” of his office’s probe into former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick.Ian Drennan said today that its investigation into Fitzpatrick and the loans at the bank “went wrong in a catastrophic way”.In May 2017, the judge in the trial of the former Anglo chairman had said that he would be directing the jury to acquit Fitzpatrick due to “alarming flaws in the prosecution”.Fitzpatrick had been on trial accused of a number of offences and the trial had been ongoing for 126 days before it was struck out of court, and he was acquitted on all charges.Among these flaws identified by Judge John Aylmer were the coaching of witnesses and the cross-contamination between witness statements. The flaws were such that he felt FitzPatrick would be denied his right a fair trial.The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) carried out the investigation into FitzPatrick and Judge Aylmer was critical of its conduct.In the wake of the trial, Minister Simon Harris said the government couldn’t express confidence in the ODCE.Harris acknowledged the role of the state in the collapsed trial, but said that as far as he knew, the ODCE had told the government that they had adequate resources. Short URL By Sean Murray Share4 Tweet Email1 last_img read more