J&K policeman caught on camera snatching money from beggar, held

first_imgThe Jammu & Kashmir Police have arrested one of their own after he was allegedly caught on camera “snatching” money from a roadside beggar in Ramban district.A video clip purportedly showing head constable “snatching” money from the beggar a few days back went viral on social media, triggering shock and uproar.‘Bad habit’“Head constable Munawar Hussain has been suspended and arrested by the police after the incident,” Ramban Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohan Lal said.He said an FIR has also been registered against the policeman, who was attached with Ramban police line after being transferred from “Kishtwar due to his bad habit of chronic drinking”. Mr. Lal said Mr. Hussain came out of the police line and allegedly snatched money from the beggar. The officer said Hussain was caught by the policemen deployed there.More casesMr. Lal said three more cases are registered against Mr. Hussain in Kishtwar. “He was kept in the police line in Ramban after being transferred from Kishtwar due to his bad habit of chronic drinking. His ATM cards and others such items were given to his wife to operate in view of the his bad habits,” he said.last_img read more

Hiding details evokes criticism in J&K

first_imgThe authorities have decided not to publicise the details of candidates contesting in elections to urban local bodies in volatile pockets in the Kashmir valley “due to security reasons,” evoking sharp reactions from political parties.“Lack of transparency will only bring disrepute to the institution of democracy. It seems former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s legacy is being reversed. Mr. Vaypayee, as prime minister, ensured fair elections in J&K and allowed peoples’ representatives to come up. This saw a new hope emerging among people, who started looking up to elections as a credible exercise. In the process, mainstream political parties, too, gained an important space despite Kashmir’s complex situation,” senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nayeem Akhtar told The Hindu. He described the situation in J&K as “worse than the 1990s.” “It’s getting worse than 1990s, with non-locals being fielded as candidates in many wards. They may have visited the area for the first time on the day of the nominations. The way the elections are held goes against tenets of democracy,” said Mr. Akhtar.All major regional parties, including the PDP and the National Conference, have decided to boycott polls, leaving the Jammu & Kashmir People’s Conference (J&KPC), the Congress and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) as major players in the fray. “The credibility of the poll process has been badly affected. No candidate has filed a nomination in 177 wards. In 215 wards, candidates have been declared [elected] unopposed. It speaks volumes about the power-thirsty BJP imposing [on the] elections. What will be the credibility of these polls, when even finding a candidate to contest has become difficult?” asked Congress vice president and MLC G.N. Monga .Details concealed Contrary to J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra’s directive to returning officers “to paste details of contesting candidates on notice boards”, scores of wards in south and north Kashmir have decided against it. “Candidates have pleaded with us that their lives will be in danger in case their details are made public. In many wards, we decided against publicising it,” a south Kashmir-based official told The Hindu. In the wake of militant threats, several independent candidates on Thursday held a press conference in Srinagar. They claimed they were “not getting any response from the government over security. The property of two candidates have been attacked by unknown men in the past 24 hours in the Valley with petrol bombs.”However, Additional Director General Police-Law and Order (ADGP) Muneer Ahmad Khan said many contestants have been put up in hired hotels, guarded by heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces. About 3,000 candidates are in the fray across J&K for elections to 1,145 wards across 79 municipal bodies, starting October 8.last_img read more

PH volleybelles bow to Vietnam, draw Thailand in semis

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano pulls rug from under St. Benilde, ends four-game skid Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View comments MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The Philippines was hoping for a win that would have given the team a lighter semifinal opponent but will now have to deal with Thailand, which experts have tagged as the gold favorite in this event.But the Filipinos continue to hold on to hope.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 shutout“We can never tell, the ball is round,” said PH coach Francis Vicente. “We tend to play better when we are up against the wall.”Vietnam overcame the Philippines’ tough stand in the first and third sets to score the victory and set up a semifinal duel with Indonesia. Read Next Vietnam, the 2015 SEA Games silver winner, relied on Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, who had 14 points and team captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, who made 11.Alyssa Valdez topscored with 11 points, while Jaja Santiago added 10. Jovelyn Gonzaga had seven, and Aby Marano five. The Vietnamese will face Indonesia in the other group that Thailand swept. Semis is on Saturday.“Everybody played well. We fought well except in the second set,” said Vicente.Down by two sets, the star-studded Philippines stormed to a 16-12 lead in the third but soon encountered problems in service receives and failed to close out the frame.“We should be happy with the result, they did their best but in the second set I don’t know what happened,” bared the mentor.“We lost by a big margin and I was surprised because we used the same combinations,” he said. “In the third set we changed, it clicked but we couldn’t sustain it.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Alyssa Valdez of the Philippines attacks the defense of Vietnam during their women’s volleyball match in the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Vietnamese prevailed, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team must now take the road it had hoped to avoid in the semifinals.The Nationals are now headed to a semifinal showdown against world-class Thailand after absorbing a stinging 26-24, 25-12, 25-23 defeat to Vietnam Friday at MITEC Hall 11.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

ESPN Accidentally Airs Audio Of Dari Nowkhah Making Fun Of Media After Nick Saban Segment

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)SEC Media Days continued Wednesday morning, with Alabama’s Nick Saban taking the podium first. The Crimson Tide head coach didn’t face very many tough questions, however, and the ESPN broadcast team apparently noticed.After Saban’s presser ended, ESPN forgot to cut the audio on a few of its analysts’ microphones. Host Dari Nowkhah was heard making chicken noises, implying that the media was scared to ask Saban tough questions. He also said that Saban “owns” the media. He later owned up to the mistake on-air.ESPN broadcasters (not realizing mic was live) made chicken sounds and said Saban “owns the media” because nobody asked about Cam Robinson— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) July 13, 2016@SECNetwork cuts to commercial and you hear @ESPNDari ask the question “You think he (Saban) owns the media?” #SECMD16— Justin Nails (@justinnails) July 13, 2016When @SECNetwork doesn’t realize their still live & says “Nick Saban Owns The Media” #Whoops #SECMD16 @finebaum @johnP_hayes— #Tribe17 (@NoleNationFSU) July 13, 2016And @ESPNDari owns up to it. Kudos to him. Great segment all around on reaction to Saban’s presser— Eric Bowman (@E_ROCK12) July 13, 2016It was expected that someone in the media would ask Saban about the status of star offensive lineman Cam Robinson, who was arrested on multiple charges this past May. That didn’t happen though.Saban likely won’t make it through the day without being asked about Robinson, but it was a bit surprising that it wasn’t one of the first questions on the docket.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Economic Performance Remains Strong – IMF

first_img The Fund contended that creating the space for such spending will require going beyond temporary remedies like wage freezes and adjustments to non-wage benefits. Story Highlights The multilateral agency noted further that the unemployment rate is at a 10-year low, inflation and the current account are modest, international reserves are at a comfortable level, and external borrowing costs are at historical lows. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given high marks for Jamaica’s performance under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), saying programme implementation remains strong, with public debt firmly on a downward trajectory.In its recently released Executive Board Review, the Fund highlighted that strong programme implementation continues to anchor macroeconomic stability.“All quantitative performance criteria and structural benchmarks for end-December 2017 were met. Fiscal consolidation is ongoing; primary surplus is expected to be at least seven per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in financial year (FY) 17/18 and a similar target is set in the FY18/19 Budget. Public debt is projected to be under 100 per cent of GDP by end-March 2019,” the report said.The multilateral agency noted further that the unemployment rate is at a 10-year low, inflation and the current account are modest, international reserves are at a comfortable level, and external borrowing costs are at historical lows.The Executive Board Review said that inflation remains anchored. It said that higher food prices resulting from flooding have begun to unwind, and Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has remained low (2.7 per cent in February 2018), in part due to weak domestic demand.In addition, the current account deficit remains relatively low (at 2.8 per cent of GDP in FY17/18) and it is expected to shrink over the medium-term as oil prices remain contained and tourism earnings improve.The Executive Board, in its review, pointed to the need to boost growth, which was estimated at 0.5 per cent in 2017, with the growth forecast revised down to 0.9 per cent in fiscal year 2017/2018.It was noted that weakness in agriculture, slow recovery in mining, and a deceleration in manufacturing had offset growth in tourism and construction.The Fund stated that formalising the current inflation targeting regime will help entrench macroeconomic stability and promote growth.“With inflation likely to remain in the lower part of the Central Bank’s target range, a looser monetary stance remains appropriate. Upcoming revisions to the BOJ Act – including a clear mandate for price stability, a reformed governance structure, and a strong Central Bank balance sheet – will help institutionalise the inflation targeting framework,” the IMF said.The Fund further noted that structurally reducing the wage bill is critical for the Government to reprioritise spending towards growth-enhancing projects.It said that more expenditure is needed for infrastructure, citizen security, building agricultural resilience, health, education, and the social safety net.The Fund contended that creating the space for such spending will require going beyond temporary remedies like wage freezes and adjustments to non-wage benefits.The entity noted, further, that building the resilience of agriculture to weather-related events, and investing in school attendance and youth training programmes will improve growth and social outcomes.It added that continued reform implementation will not only safeguard hard-won gains but also deliver stronger growth and job creation. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given high marks for Jamaica’s performance under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), saying programme implementation remains strong, with public debt firmly on a downward trajectory.last_img read more

Jammu Car explodes in Banihal CRPF bus damaged

first_imgA powerful blast in a Santro car under mysterious circumstances caused panic along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Peer Moth near Jawahar Tunnel in Banihal Saturday morning. Giving details, sources said the blast appears to have been caused by an LPG cylinder inside the vehicle. The car was coming from Srinagar side, sources said, adding that the blast occurred around 11.30 am when it hit a CRPF bus from behind. The CRPF in a statement said, “An explosion took place in a civil car near Banihal while CRPF convoy was on move. The car caught fire and slight damage was caused in the rear of one of the CRPF vehicle. No injuries were caused to CRPF Personnel. Incident being investigated in respect to all possible angles.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details IGP Jammu zone M K Sinha said that experts have rushed to the spot and nothing can be said about the cause of blast until they examine the site. “Yes, there is an exploded cylinder along with an unexploded one found at the blast site,” he said, adding that no one in the CRPF bus has been injured. While the car was destroyed, there was slight damage to the CRPF vehicle. No one was injured as the car first caught fire before the blast, sources said. The driver of the Santro car had jumped out of the vehicle and escaped. A search operation is underway. (Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

We were outplayed by Mumbai Indians CSK coach Fleming

first_imgChennai: Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has admitted that his side were outplayed by Mumbai Indians in the IPL Qualifier-1, with the Rohit Sharma-led side adjusting better to the slow Chepauk track than the home side. Fleming said MI played a “nice brand of cricket even in our conditions” as the visiting side chased down the target of 132 in 18.3 overs to win the match by six wickets to enter the final. “They (MI) were confident, playing well and putting us under pressure. They were playing a nice brand of cricket even in our conditions…they have simply outplayed us,” Fleming said at the post-match conference on Tuesday. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”They (MI) have got some players who are more suited to the conditions. They have a pretty good record in Chennai and adjust to the conditions. They are in form and have a nice, balanced side. It is a good challenge when you come up against a side like that it can always be 50-50,” he added. Fleming said his batsmen needed to pace the innings better during the PowerPlay overs if the team was to post match-winning totals and give the bowlers a defendable target. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”It (pacing the innings) is tough. That is the problem we are finding, we are so far behind in powerplays. We are doing things right from overs 6 to 20, the run rate today I think was 7 and (then) 10 (in the last six overs). We’re getting the right runs there, (but) we are just finding ourselves behind in powerplays,” he said. The New Zealander said the slow starts had not helped the side’s cause and adding a score of 40 or more in the powerplays would have helped. “You run the risk if you over-attacked in the middle in those conditions, you can find yourself bowled out for 100. So you’ve got to have an element of safety. By the time you get that it’s around 14 overs, from there we were able to go at 10 an over which got us through to a competitive score. “But we need to have more balance in the first six overs — around 40 would be nice. That may get you to a score of 150-160 which can be a match-winning score. We’re just falling behind at different stages but it’s the first six that’s holding us back. Maybe we just throw the shackles off and have a crack in the next game and see if we can just get ourselves into form and confidence,” Fleming said. The CSK batting line-up, including last year’s top run-getter Shane Watson, has not clicked but Fleming defended the decison to back the misfiring batsmen and said he did not believe in chopping and changing. “You have got to back them. We back players because they’re proven performers, doing all the right things, but it is just not working. This can be a cruel game, especially when you’re playing in conditions like this for over half the season,” said the head coach. “So we make quite balanced decisions or have quite robust discussions around it. And this year we’ve just backed the players we’ve got and will continue to do so.”last_img read more

3 Hizbul men among 4 militants killed in JK

first_imgSrinagar: Four militants, including three Hizbul men were killed on Saturday in two separate gunfights in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama and Baramulla districts. Following an overnight gun battle between security forces and a group of hiding terrorists in Punzgam village of Pulwama, three Kashmiri men belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were brought down early in the day, police said. They were identified as Showkat Ahmad Dar, Irfan Ahmad and Muzaffar Ahmed. While Showkat was from the Punzgam and both he and Muzaffar belonged to Pulwama district, Irfan Ahmad belonged to Sopore area of Baramulla district. Later a fresh gun battle was fought in Hathlangoo village of Baramulla after a hiding militant fired at a cordon and search party. “As the cordon was tightened, there was firing from the hide out triggering the encounter. All exit points from the village were sealed and the militant was brought down,” an officer said. Bodies of all four militants have been recovered. Identity of the Sopore militant was yet to be disclosed. Mobile Internet services in Sopore and Awantipora area was suspended. Train services between Srinagar and Bannihal town of Jammu region have also been suspended.last_img read more

Womens soccer returns home to take on Fighting Illini

Junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) attempts to win the ball during a match against Pittsburgh Aug. 28 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorNearly three weeks after the team’s last home game, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is scheduled to return to Columbus to face Illinois. The matchup with the Fighting Illini (5-2-1) will be the conference opener for the Buckeyes, as they look to improve upon their current 6-1-1 record, including a 3-0-1 slate at home.The Buckeyes are currently on a three-game winning streak, continuing last week with a sweep at the Hoosier Classic. After goals from junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber and senior midfielder Danica Wu, the Buckeyes defeated Central Michigan 2-0 Friday.Buckeye goalies, senior Rachel Middleman and sophomore Jillian McVicker, helped shut out a St. John’s team, 1-0, that had been averaging 3.5 goals per game.“I (was) very proud of our squad… to be put in a situation to play a rested team on a Sunday morning was unfortunate,” said coach Lori Walker. “We stepped up to the challenge and played very well as a team.”Following Sunday’s match, the Buckeyes have moved up near the top of the Big Ten in some defensive categories as they begin conference play Friday. OSU now ranks third in goals against and corner kicks allowed, and fourth in total goals allowed, only giving up five goals through its first eight games.The teams last met in Bloomington, Ind., for the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship. The Buckeyes took home their third Big Ten tournament title when they defeated the Illini, 2-1.Coming into the season, the Fighting Illini were picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll, one spot better than the Buckeyes.Offensively, Illinois is led by redshirt-junior forward Janelle Flaws with eight goals and senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, who has four goals of her own. Although the Illini have scored 28 goals on the season, they have given up 18 goals defensively in eight games.The game is set to start at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Boateng considering Bayern exit

first_imgJerome Boateng has suggested that he is considering leaving Bayern Munich and believes that he is at the age where for a move abroad seems rather appealingThe German defender joined the Bavarians in the summer of 2011 from Manchester City in a €13.5m deal and has since gone on to make a total of 258 appearances in all competitions in his seven seasons at Munich.At the age of 29, Boateng is now at the peak of his abilities as a footballer and has now suggested that his future may lie elsewhere.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“I’m now at an age where you think again about a transfer abroad. [But you have to see] which country and which club come into consideration at all, what interests you and what’s important to you,” said Boateng, according to BavarianFootballWorks.But he also insisted that he remains happy at Bayern: “It’s very hard to leave Bayern. A decision to leave would have nothing to do with the notion that I don’t feel good here. You have outstanding conditions in Munich. Everything is there—quality in the team and the hustle and bustle is like a big family; you always feel welcome there.”Since arriving from City in 2011, Boateng has gone on to win 14 trophies at Bayern.last_img read more

Rose enjoys playing for England

first_imgDanny Rose believes playing for England is now enjoyable, according to Sports Mole.The Spurs defender has revealed he was emotional by the reaction of the fans after England’s 2-1 semi-final World Cup loss to Croatia on Tuesday night.Gareth Southgate’s side missed out on an opportunity to play in their first World Cup final since 1966 but a majority of the fans stayed behind after the game to applaud the players and coaching staff.Rose believes the reaction of the fans towards the players now shows that playing for the country has become more enjoyable.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“That scene at the end of the game was emotional and I can’t believe I’m excited about putting on the England shirt again. A few years ago I didn’t think I would get this excited to put on the shirt but it just goes to show the new connection between the fans and the players.” Rose is quoted saying by Sky Sports.“I’m not going to lie it wasn’t always enjoy some years back, whether we won or lost. But now I can’t wait to get back on the pitch in an England shirt,” he continued.Rose is expected to start for England in their third-place playoff game against Belgium on Saturday.last_img read more

Kyle Walker is best rightback in the world – Trippier

first_imgManchester City’s Kyle Walker is currently the best right-back in world football, says his England teammate Kieran TrippierThe 28-year-old was used as a right-sided centre-back in England’s route to the World Cup semi-finals and has been deployed in a similar role at City this season.It was Trippier who was instead selected by head coach Gareth Southgate as the right wing-back.But the Tottenham defender has suggested that Walker is the greater player in the position.Trippier told Soccer AM: “At this moment in time, for me, personally, Walks. When I was playing with him at the World Cup, how quick and powerful he is. Even on the ball, you see it at Man City, he’s so comfortable.“He’s got everything for a full-back, and he’s only getting better playing at Man City. So for me, he’s the number-one right back in the world.”Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…Despite no new arrivals this summer, Spurs have won both of their opening games of the new Premier League season.But Trippier insists that the club have already got all the required level of talent and depth in the squad to mount a challenge.“No, it doesn’t matter. We know the squad we’ve got,” he said.“We’ve got the manager, the players, and we’ve got so much quality in this team.“We’ve got depth as well, so many good players waiting to play. About not signing a player? That doesn’t play on our minds, we’ve just got to fully focus on what’s ahead of us.”last_img read more

Valverde Messi is still the best player in the world

first_imgBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is certain that Lionel Messi remains the world’s best, despite not making the final three shortlist of FIFA’s The Best awardDespite playing a key role in Barcelona’s domestic double last season, Messi was overlooked for football’s biggest individual award.Instead, it was Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric who claimed the award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.Speaking ahead to Barcelona’s game away to Leganes tonight though, Valverde insists there are no doubts over Messi.“Everyone will have their opinion, I have mine,” said the Spaniard in a press conference.“I do not think it’s time to compare players, but for us, Messi is the best. I have nothing else to say, [other than] Modric is a great player who has had a great year.”James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.Valverde feels that football is starting to become more like show business nowadays due to the extensive coverage on individual prizes, like the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s.“Years ago there weren’t his many awards, so there wasn’t as much press coverage,” he said.“Now there’s lots of them, every gala is a homage to something or someone. They bring stars from all over the world and they have to sell that.“It’s covered by more press, so it becomes more controversial. It sells, in a certain way. I put it [controversy around awards] down to that.“It’s maybe excessive, but this is what it is. It’s a sport, but more and more it’s becoming show business.”last_img read more

The reason Barcelona will sign a defender in the winter

first_imgWe tell you all about why FC Barcelona is already starting to look for a defender for the winter transfer market, they are running low on centre-backs.FC Barcelona has some serious squad depth problems this early in the season, they will most likely go after a couple defenders during the winter and they have already started looking at the options they have.French defender Samuel Umtiti’s injury last month was only the beginning of a complicated situation for the Catalan club, they also received the news that Thomas Vermaelen was also confirmed out of competition for at least six weeks with a full femoral muscle tear on his right leg.The Belgian defender leaves the club with very few options for defenders, manager Ernesto Valverde only has Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet to face the upcoming final part of 2018 in all competitions.There is always the option of looking at the club’s youth academy where club products Chumi, Cuenca, and Mingueza are eager to get that opportunity to prove themselves.But the club’s president is not as confident as the players, he hinted that the club will go after one or two defenders during the winter transfer window this Tuesday.’@jmbartomeu ha dejado la puerta abierta a la incorporación de algún central en la #GalaEstrelles https://t.co/p97pNqPXlS— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) October 16, 2018While attending a gala for the Catalan FA where his player Carles Aleña received an award this Tuesday, president Josep Maria Bartomeu was questioned about the club’s difficult moments and lack of defenders.“We’ll be on the lookout for a centre-back in the market. It’s bad luck that two of the four we have gotten injured,” said Bartomeu to Mundo Deportivo.“We have a B team and this could translate into an opportunity for them. We’ll have to see what happens. We’ll need to see how we are at the end of the season, that’s what’s important.”The main problem with this statement, is that Bartomeu didn’t sound very convincing when he spoke about the option of using their own academy players to fill the void that Umtiti and Vermaelen left in the club.The president sounded as if he was speaking more out of compromise at the event, mainly because academy product Carles Aleña was right beside him and there has been a lot of controversy with his lack of participation in the first Barcelona squad despite being considered one of the club’s greatest discoveries of the last few years.🤔🤔🤔David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has left the door open on a potential transfers before end of the monthMore: https://t.co/a9dJVIl2CA pic.twitter.com/1xO5f3fsOb— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 13, 2018The options for the Catalan club are not really that many, there are not too many clubs in Europe that are willing to sell their best defenders to one of the biggest clubs in the world.The club has already set their eye on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt who is only 19 and has been followed by the club’s scouts for a long time, this might be the ideal time for him to make the jump to FC Barcelona.The board of directors has also been following French revelation Dayot Upamecano, who has a very similar style of Samuel Umtiti and shouldn’t be as expensive as other more experienced players could be.The Catalan giants are also following Slovak defender Milan Skriniar, who plays for Internazionale Milano and is only 23 years old, this player is considered amongst the top defensive players of his generation and could also become a perfect addition for FC Barcelona during the winter.There is no doubt that FC Barcelona will have to make a move during the winter, they will have to endure with only two defenders for the next two months, and manager Ernesto Valverde will even have to experiment with defensive midfielders in that position.Everyone Praising Bartomeu for this transfer window. But forgot the main man behind all these. The man who gave everything for this Club as a player and Director.He is none other than Eric Abidal! pic.twitter.com/UC8VeuSqZ1— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) August 9, 2018Which defenders in European football would you like Barcelona to sign during the winter? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Funding for temporary bridge tents requires city action

first_img , Funding for temporary bridge tents requires city action Posted: October 30, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The first of three large industrial style tents is going up in the next few weeks, providing a temporary shelter for those who are homeless.The “bridge” shelters as they are called, evolved out of a proposal by two San Diego businessmen, Padres managing partner, Peter Seidler and restauranteur Dan Shea. They have donated more than a million dollars to buy two of the three sprung structures. Initially, they estimated the cost of running the tents at just $17 per person per day.That estimate turned out to be too low because it did not include staff, counselors and the costs of other services to help those who are unsheltered make the transition to more permanent housing.  The head of the San Diego Housing Commission estimates he will need $6.5 million to run the three tents for the first six months, which could open as soon as December, Because the tent plan was not in this year’s budget, the dollars will have to be taken out of other parts of the budget.Housing Commission President and CEO Rick Gentry said he will ask San Diego’s City Council to shift the funds set aside to create long-term affordable housing to this immediate short-term need.That request to City Council is expected to be made in the next few weekscenter_img October 30, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Kenai Young Professionals To Attend Alaska YPG Summit

first_imgJohna Beech, Kenai Chamber of Commerce President & COO The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional’s Group (YPG) is hosting the third-annual, statewide Summit for young professionals in Alaska’s workforce.  The Anchorage YPG was created in June of 2014 and is the largest young professional organization in Alaska with over 400 engaged members. Audio PlayerJOHNA-ON-KYP-1.mp3VmJOHNA-ON-KYP-1.mp300:00RPdBeech: “The Kenai Young Professions is a program of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce that we started in 2015 and we’re really excited to have a few of our members attending the Anchorage Young Professionals Summit this weekend coming up at the Dena’ina Center up in Anchorage.  It should be a good time, they always give really good information and they can come back and share with everyone here on the Peninsula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“Upward Trajectory: Professional, Career & Self” is the theme and point of emphasis for the 2018 Alaska Young Professional Summit scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska.center_img Members of the Kenai Young Professionals plan to attend the state-wide gathering.  The (KYP) is a networking organization comprised of young professionals between the ages 21 – 39 in the Kenai-Soldotna area. The purpose of the organization is to connect diverse young professionals in order to strengthen and grow the Kenai and the young professional community. The Summit includes two days of seminars, workshops and guest speakers; including the Keynote Speaker Adam Michaels.  Michaels is an entrepreneur and sales leader.  Through the years he has mentored and coached thousands of individuals in pursuit of their professional goals and built multi-million dollar agencies in the Baltimore-Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles Markets.last_img read more

34th Aahar concludes at Pragati Maidan

first_imgAfter drawing over 43,000 business visitors and delegates from India and abroad, the 34th edition of Aahar- a specialised International Food and Hospitality event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and apex industry bodies, concluded on a successful note at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Almost all 560 participants from India and abroad expressed their satisfaction over the business response, tie-ups, networking and joint ventures in the fair. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSantosh Kumar Sarangi, Joint Secretary and Pravin Bonigala, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India and Deepak Kumar, IAS, Executive Director, ITPO jointly presented the Awards for Excellence in display in different categories. These include F&B Equipment, Food, and Processed Food, Hospitality and Décor Solution and Foreign sector. Present on the occasion were V K Macker, President, Food and Hospitality Support Association of India (FHSAI), J K Khurana, President, Hotel and Restaurant Equipment Manufacturers Association of India (HOTREMAI), Dr Girish Gupta, President, Food Industries Welfare Association (FIWA) and senior representatives from APEDA. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAPEDA participated with around 60 constituents and was commended with the gold medal. In Foreign sector, the gold medal was conferred to the Commercial office of Peru in India, the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia bagged the silver medal while, Solomon Trade, Russia won the bronze medal. Special commendations were conferred to Olives from Spain and Harada Tea Sales, Japan. In the category of Food and Processed Food, Davar’s (Tropolite Foods Pvt Ltd) bagged the gold medal, Cremica Food Industries Ltd won the silver medal and Damyaa P J Foods Pvt Ltd was honoured with the bronze medal, while English Oven was presented the commendation certificate. Reforms Design, Envogue Furnishings India Pvt Ltd (Obsessions) and Soft Sensations Pvt Ltd bagged the gold, silver and the bronze medals respectively in hospitality and décor solution sector. S R Luxury (Hotel Amenities) was honoured with the commendation certificate. Complimenting the award winners, Deepak Kumar, IAS, Executive Director, ITPO expressed his satisfaction over an enhanced number of business visitors and delegates from India and abroad. Foreign business visitors were from Korea, Kenya, UK, USA, Brazil etc. In her welcome address, Hema Maity, General Manager, ITPO acknowledged the continued support of all the associates as well as different media verticals for the grand success of the event. She informed that the next edition of the fair in 2020 would be organised with enhanced size (around 60,000 sq meters) as there would be the availability of new IECC halls. The exclusive Chefs competitions, demonstration of culinary arts and the seminars organised during the currency of the fair added to the productivities of the event and were widely appreciated, she added. In her ‘Vote of Thanks’, Deepa Sharma, Senior Manager, ITPO announced the dates for the next Aahar 2020, which is March 3 – 7, 2020. Aahar 2019 was organised by ITPO with the active support of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, APEDA, ARCHII, HOTREMAI, FHSAI, FIFI, FIWA, and AIFPA.last_img read more

This Startup Says It Can Fully Charge Your Smartphone in 30 Seconds

first_imgApril 7, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals It can be the worst feeling: You look down at your smartphone and that red sliver of a battery is blinking up at you, threatening to shut off your connectivity to the world.Israel-based startup StoreDot has released a video claiming that it can charge your smartphone in 30 seconds. In the demo, StoreDot charges a Samsung Galaxy S4. Take a look for yourself below.The technology — if it’s real — would be a complete game changer.Related: Time for a Talk: Don’t Let Your Phone Be a Selfish Boyfriend (or Girlfriend)We are inclined to err on the skeptical side with these sorts of revolutionary YouTube video unveilings. But the StoreDot team is duly impressive. The company’s founder, Dr. Doron Myersdorf, is an entrepreneurial veteran with two Silicon Valley startups under his belt already.StoreDot’s innovations in nanotechnology are based on building blocks called Nanodots, which are structured after biologically originating nano-crystals. StoreDot claims that its nanotechnology developments have the potential to revolutionize smartphones and TV displays, batteries, bio-LEDs and bio-lasers.Related: Android? Nope. iOS? No Way. Samsung’s Newest Smart Watch Will Use a Different Operating System.It’s all pretty mind-melding stuff for the brains of us plebeians. If it can charge our smartphones in 30 seconds, though, we are totally in.  2 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

We couldnt do it without you ACV rolls out the red carpet

first_img“We couldn’t do it without you”: ACV rolls out the red carpet for agents at Sun launch WOODBRIDGE — It was a packed house for the launch of Air Canada Vacations’ 2017-2018 Sun Collection last night, with close to 1,000 agents coming out to hear about ACV’s new stand-alone Luxury brochure, the return of a popular Park ‘N Fly promotion, a booking bonus to drive sales post-Irma and ACV’s commitment to the retail trade, not to mention a live performance by JUNO winner Shawn Desman.The Toronto launch, taking place at the stylish Paramount EventSpace in Woodbridge, was the last of ACV’s cross-Canada event schedule which kicked off in Vancouver last week and made its way to Calgary, Halifax and Montreal before arriving in the GTA last night.Just before they cleared the stage for a concert by Vaughan’s own Shawn Desman, ACV’s George Platanitis, VP Sales & Partnerships, and Monique Lalonde, General Manager, Sales and National Accounts – Ontario, told agents just how much they mean to ACV. “We really value your partnership. We couldn’t do it without you,” said Lalonde to cheers from the audience. “You are resilient, you are resourceful and we value your support,” added Platanitis.Shawn Desman at the ACV Sun Collection launchMore cheers were heard for several of ACV’s promotions for fall and winter 2017-2018, including the return of the Park ‘N Fly incentive offering clients 8 free nights of Park ‘N Fly parking, for vacation bookings made by Oct. 31, for travel Nov. 1 through April 30.There are also EBBs plus promotional prices for ACV’s CareFree and StormGuard Coverage.Plus, ACV is offering 15% commission on bookings for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts made by Oct. 1.“We’ve brought a lot of ancillary products to the table for travel agents, to help drive the sale. And they’re commissionable,” said Nino Montegnese, ACV’s Managing Director.Not only that, but consumer protection programs like CareFree and StormGuard “doesn’t hinder agents from selling insurance. We don’t want to get in the way of those insurance commissions,” he adds.ACV’s winter lineup, its biggest ever, has more than 700 resorts including 60+ new resorts, 19 ACV exclusives, 30 semi-exclusives and 26 with exclusive room categories, sections and/or meal plans.The tour operator is adding capacity out of cities across Canada, including an extra 18% capacity out of Toronto and a whopping 250% out of Calgary. New destinations from Toronto include Cartagena, Belize and St. Vincent. “We’re going to offer your customers more choice, more options and more convenience,” said Platanitis.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Meanwhile ACV’s new Luxury lineup will be ready later this fall, on its own for the first time as a stand-alone brochure. The Luxury brochure will not be a mass-market piece for every client, or for every agent, says Montegnese, who introduced the Luxury line by asking agents in the crowd how many had clients who spend $5,000 per person on a vacation. “It won’t be for everyone, but it will be for some of you,” he said, adding that commissions for ACV’s Luxury product will be higher.Also at the launch, ACV showcased its Top Picks brochure, available since May (“really a great sales tool when you’re looking for something unique with ACV”), and the new Travel Agent Handbook, outlining how to book what with the tour operator. “It tells you where you’ll find our product and what system to book it in,” says Platanitis. “Things are a little convoluted right now. This handbook will help.”ACV’s Europe brochure will be out in early December, he added.Platanitis heads up the tour operator’s Travel Advisory Board and ACV’s collaboration with its travel agent board members has been a huge success, he says. “You let us know what we’re doing well and what we’re doing not so well. We’re very much committed to you and the Travel Advisory Board will continue.”Not surprisingly ACV has received a very high volume of inquiries from agents asking about clients impacted by Hurricane Irma. “They can re-book,” says Montegnese.Montegnese said ACV is deploying more than 20 team members to destinations impacted by the hurricane, and even some that were barely touched by the storm, “just to see everything with our own eyes. We’ll be sending them to Cuba, the D.R., Antigua, Turks & Caicos and more. We couldn’t send anyone until flights resumed.”Montegnese said agents will see a staggered approach to flights and programs coming back into the affected destinations. He said ACV plans to add extra capacity to other popular destinations to make up for the shortfall, “but we’re going to put it where we need it. We’re not just going to throw capacity on everywhere. That would create a whole new problem.”Karen Puebla with the Cuba Tourist Board said Irma first hit Camaguey, then headed west along Cuba’s northern coast. Most tour operators and airlines have suspended their flights into Cayo Coco and other resort destinations in the area until late October. Puebla says the causeway to Cayo Santa Maria is already cleared and damaged resorts will be rebuilt with building supplies already on the island, originally intended for new hotels.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesHere are more product and brochure highlights from the ACV Sun Collection launches:The Sun Collection brochure has its Family Collection (with the Play product); the 18+ Adult Collection (including Costa Rica, Cuba, Antigua and other destinations); the Luxe Collection (five-star properties, gourmet dining, and 24 hour room service); the Spotlight Collection (popular resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean); wedding groups (no deposit for 90 days, storage space for wedding dress on board plane and $500 travel credit for next vacation); incentive groups (new feature is a $500 hotel or excursion credit to use at the destination) and cruises (new feature is no deposit on flights when client books air and cruise up to 30 days before departure and all flights are 100 per cent refundable up to 30 days prior to travel and one name change is permitted prior to travel).Air Canada gift cards can be used to purchase ACV vacation packages as of Oct. 15.Group bookings have been made easier. ACV needs 8 people to make a group and now children can be added to the count. There is also the chance to earn a 2% bonus commission. The group plan features extras such as room upgrades and the ability to have block seating on flights. ACV is also using AC Jetz for larger groups who want a private charter flight.U.S. destinations include California, Florida and Hawaii. Of the 25 largest properties in Las Vegas, 15 are listed in the Sun brochure.‘Go Canada’ will see double the amount of ‘one-stop’ ski packages with popular slopes such as Banff, Jasper and Whistler offering three, five, and seven day packages. All cost from flights through to lift tickets are included in prices.The Travel Agent Handbook sets out the ACV&Me Rewards offered: 600 points per room for all air-inclusive packages of seven nights or more, 400 points for all air-inclusive packages of three to six nights, 600 points per stateroom for every Air & Cruise package of seven nights or more and 300 points per passenger in groups. Thursday, September 14, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Brochures, Sun Destinations Posted by Share With files from Jean Sorensenlast_img read more

Rep Iden local fire department officials testify in support of first responder

first_img Categories: Iden News,News State Rep. Brandt Iden was joined by local fire department officials in testifying for the first responder protection bills before the House Law and Justice Committee today.Iden, of Oshtemo Township, is the sponsor for one of the three bills under consideration, which will make it a felony, punishable by up to two years of incarceration, for anyone who targets or intimidates a member of the police and fire department and emergency medical service personnel.“We are seeing increased incidents in Michigan and across the country where first responders are being attacked while in the course of performing their duties or simply for wearing the uniform,” said Iden. “These are individuals put their lives on the line for us. We need to show these men and women that the state of Michigan has their back.”Joining Iden before the committee were Mark Barnes, fire chief for the Charter Township of Oshtemo, and Jed Wild of the Covert Township Fire Department.“The folks that do these acts, I don’t think they’re going to read (state law) because they’re just going to act,” said Barnes. “What we hope and pray will happen will be getting the perpetrators of these kind of actions off the streets to allow us to do our jobs safely.”Wild, the lead training officer for Covert Township, spoke to the committee on the dangers for personnel responding to a mass shooting incident where secondary devices may be set to specifically harm first responders indiscriminately.“That is not the specific emphasis of this legislation, but this happens across our country,” Wild said. “Evil will reside in our communities year and year out, but we’re going to continue to do our job. We appreciate and recognize you are trying to protect us.”The House Bills 4585, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond; HB 4590, sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto; and 4591, sponsored by Iden, remain under consideration of the committee. 26Sep Rep. Iden, local fire department officials testify in support of first responder protection billslast_img read more