Ind vs Eng: Ticket rush after England’s Lord’s win

first_imgThe prospect of England winning the Test series against India and becoming world number one side has led to huge rush for tickets for the remaining three matches, according to a report. Following England’s victory at Lord’s on Monday there has been a rush to buy tickets for Trent Bridge and Edgbaston, the venues for the second and third Tests, a report in the Guardian said. “There is a handful of tickets available at 40 pounds for (the first day), just two for Saturday for 60 pound and most are still on offer for Monday, which also gets you in on the Tuesday, for 30 to 40 pounds,” the report said quoting a salesperson at the Trent Bridge, where England will bid to go 2-0 up when the second Test starts on Friday. For the Edgbaston Test which starts on August 10, fourth day is sold out, third day is “nearly sold out”, and on the opening day and second day there is limited availability, with the box office advising: “book as soon as possible.” According to the report, the opening three days of the final Test at The Oval have virtually sold out. Visitors to The Oval’s website currently have to wait around 10 minutes for the ticketing page to load before discovering seat availability for the Test which starts there on August 18, it said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Khali’s wrestling-entertainment show scrapped over differences with organiser

first_imgIt was supposed to be yet another great show by professional wrestler Great Khali, but the slated October 8 event at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon to promote the sport in India has been cancelled. The cancellation is the fallout of a dispute between the organisers and the ticket distributor company.Dalip Singh Rana, better known as The Great Khali, and his manager Balwan Singh told Mail Today that the ticket distribution company ‘Book My Show’ hasn’t been performing as per expectation.ORGANISERS ‘DUPED’ US, SAYS KHALI’S MANAGER”We paid an advance amount of Rs 6 lakh to the company and the profit from the event was to be shared according to the contract. The company’s officials were giving several excuses and asked us to submit various ‘no objection’ certificates from different agencies of the district administration. They have been also demanding more percentage of profit which was turned down by us. The event was backed by the Haryana government,” Singh said. “We will file a legal case against the company for duping us at this juncture. We have also terminated the contract of the company for the next scheduled event at Panipat on October 12. The event of Gurgaon would be rescheduled but its date has not been finalised as yet,” he added.The organisers were finding it difficult to obtain the ‘no objection’ certificates. The local police also have security concern as the Khali Show would be held at the same venue which was chosen by the Haryana government to organise PM Narendra Modi’s rally on November 1 to celebrate golden jubilee of the state. Besides, there were issues pertaining to visa of two other main wrestlers who have not reached India. However, Singh claimed that six foreign wrestlers have already arrived in Delhi. The rest are expected to arrive by Friday evening.advertisementThe wrestling event was announced on September 6 by Khali. Around 16 foreign and about 35 domestic wrestlers were supposed to be a part of the show.Reacting to this, a spokesperson from BookMyShow said:BookMyShow is the preferred ticketing partner for all major sporting events in the country and we take pride in successfully managing them with utmost transparency and commitment while ensuring customer satisfactionThe event in question has been cancelled solely at the discretion of its event organizers Continental Wrestling Entertainment Private LimitedBookMyShow confirms the receipt of the advance received of Rs. 3 lakhs only against the listing of the event. Since the event, which was due to happen over two venues- Gurgaon and Panipat, has been cancelled in its entirety, we will refund the advance to the organizers after duly adjusting the costs already incurred by BookMyShow for the sameBookMyShow is already in the process of making refunds to the users who had purchased the tickets for the said event Also read: This TVC featuring The Great Khali is simply too funny!last_img read more

Rohit Sharma falls 3 short of record century in India’s 100th T20I

first_imgRohit Sharma was terribly off colour for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League but he found his magic in India colours. However, he fell three short of his third hundred in the T20 International format during the first match against Ireland in Dublin.Rohit was dismissed for 97 off 61 balls by Peter Chase in the final over of the Indian innings. India, thanks to Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (74) posted a challenging 208/5 off their 20 overs.New Zealand’s Colin Munro is the only other batsman who has three hundreds in T20 Internationals. Rohit came agonizingly close but India would be happy their ODI and T20I talisman found form shortly before the England tour starts.Rohit and Dhawan were involved in a 160-run opening partnership against Ireland’s hapless bowling attack. The pair was separated when Dhawan fell to Kevin O’Brien for 80. They fell 11 runs short of the highest ever opening partnership in T20Is.MATCH UPDATESHad Rohit got the hundred, it would have completed a remarkable set for him. The opener had scored the joint-fastest T20I hundred against Sri Lanka late last year, getting to the milestone in 35 balls.The Mumbai stylist was in poor form during the IPL but it was primarily due to a change in his batting position. Mumbai Indians were the defending champions before the start of the 2018 IPL season but Rohit had failed to inspire his team, managing only 286 runs from 14 matches.Rohit was also dropped for the one-off Test against Afghanistan after a spate of poor performances in red-ball cricket.advertisementHowever, on Wednesday, as India began their tour of Ireland and England, Rohit once again asserted his authority in the shorter formats.Rohit is the only man with three double hundreds in ODIs. He scored a double ton against Australia in 2013 before a world record 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014 at the Eden Gardens. He then smashed an unbeaten 208 against the same opponents in Mohali.last_img read more

WA Super League Series Starting Soon

first_imgIt’s that time of the year again, with the 2008/2009 WA Super League Series starting on 2 November.It is a tournament for Perth Metropolitan affiliates, with the best from the clubs battling it out over 10 rounds, plus finals. There are Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, with Mixed One Day Tournaments included during the tournament as well. The Series starts in Brighton, with the tournament being shared between seven locations across Perth and outer districts throughout the course of the series. Five teams will play off for the Men’s Open title, with Southern Stars vying for back to back premierships. Perth Brothers will be the favourite in the Women’s Open’s and Mixed divisions after taking out the 2007 titles. The finals will be played in Fremantle on 18 January 2009.For further information, please visit – www.superleagueseries.com.aulast_img read more

CSG Responds to Overcapacity in Newbuilding Market

first_imgzoom Responding to challenges in the newbuilding market plagued by overcapacity and decline in new orders, Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate COSCO Shipyard Group (CSG) has decided to switch focus so as to adapt to these changes.In 2014, due to the sluggish global economy, global shipbuilding orders declined 34.7% year-on-year to 39.69 million CGT.As a result, the company announced plans to direct its resources to specialized products such as the 3000+teu containerships, LR1/LR2/SUEZ shuttle tankers, small to mid-sized product oil tankers, module carriers and livestock carriers.“We expect the short term performance of the dry bulk shipping market and bulk carrier building market to remain sluggish. However, we can see some demand for eco-ships, semi-sub carriers as well as LNG and LPG carriers,” CSG said in a presentation at its annual general meeting held on April 24th.The key steps will see CSG strengthen its offshore repair and conversion market aimed at surpassing low-end competition and staying ahead of competition.“As falling oil prices have helped shipping companies to reduce the bunker cost, ship owners’ demand to own and repair vessels has increased. Upon the pending implementation deadlines for international regulations on ballast water treatment and exhaust gas emission reductions, the ship conversion market has expanded in 2014, and will further grow in 2015. Ship Repair and Conversion Market Meanwhile, although the global oil prices are on the decline, we can still see some demand for FPSO conversions.”“In addition, low oil prices have increased oil and gas consumptions. With the growth of clean energy such as LNG, the conversion market for FLNG and FSRU will continue to expand, especially in the Asia Pacific region,” the company added.The shipbuilder said that while maintaining a position in the drilling rig market, it aims to move into the construction of FPSOs and high-end offshore support vessels such as OCV and SSV.“We will also actively develop technologies for FSRU and FLNG and try to achieve breakthroughs in the conversion market of the above-mentioned projects,” the company revealed.CSG has six subsidiary shipyards, located in Dalian, Nantong, Qidong, Zhoushan, Guangdong and Shanghai.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Lloyd’s Register Returning to Iran

first_imgzoom As the sanctions against Iran are being lifted the British classification society Lloyd’s Register is readying for a comeback to the country.Lloyd’s Register told World Maritime News that they are able to provide classification services to Iranian controlled tonnage and that the society will be re-opening its office in Tehran.The classification society had provided its services to ships owned by NITC and IRISL until 2012 when sanctions against Iran were introduced.Lifting of sanctions against Iran will mean that 14.1 million DWT of Iranian tankers would be free to trade globally.Iran’s tanker fleet is valued today at USD 2.7 billion and is currently placed 8th in the world by value. NITC, Iran’s largest VLCC owner, is ranked 6th in the world, owning 37 VLCCs worth USD 2.1 billion, according to VesselsValue’s data.On Monday, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported that the society has lifted one of its sanctions against Iran thus allowing for the country’s oil tankers to enter the European Union’s oil ports and terminals. However, Lloyd’s Register could not confirm this to World Maritime News. World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Regulator approves Exelons takeover of Pepco

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2016 1:40 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 23, 2016 at 3:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Regulator approves Exelon’s takeover of Pepco NEW YORK, N.Y. – A Washington, D.C., regulator approved Exelon’s nearly $7 billion takeover of rival utility Pepco, but the deal will only go through if Exelon agrees to the regulator’s terms.The District of Columbia Public Service Commission said Wednesday that Exelon has 30 days to agree to the way it wants more than $70 million in payments to be used for customer discounts and energy conservation.Exelon said it is reviewing the order.A combination of Exelon and Pepco would create the largest electric utility company in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Exelon first offered to buy Pepco nearly two years ago.Chicago-based Exelon owns ComEd in Illinois and PECO in Pennsylvania. Pepco, based in Washington, powers homes through Atlantic City Electric in New Jersey and Delmarva Power in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Together, the companies said they would have about 10 million customers.The District of Columbia Public Service Commission is the last regulator Exelon needs approval from to cinch the deal. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and commissions in four states have already approved it.Shares of Pepco Holdings Inc. soared 27 per cent to close at $26.93 Wednesday. Exelon Corp. shares slipped less than 1 per cent to close at $34.72. read more

Women are looking for opportunities in business UN forum told

AUDIO: Adot Killmeyer-Oleche, chief of UNIDO’s Institute for Capacity Development, talks about women in industry. Hashim Hussein, the head of UNIDO ITPO-Bahrain, presents the UNIDO International Creative Women Entrepreneur award to Azza Fahmy, a noted business business leader from Egypt. Photo: UN News/Vibhu Mishra Despite overwhelming challenges women face at the workplace, “they are not helpless,” they will follow their dreams, work to the hardest and achieve their business goals, was a core message on day two of a United Nations forum on sustainable development. “This is a chance for everyone around the world – policy makers, investors, those in technology – to realize that women are not waiting for handouts, they are looking for opportunities. An opportunity is not a handout,” Adot Killmeyer-Oleche, the Chief of UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Institute for Capacity Development, told UN News. “This is an important message for all of us – the UN, development activists and practitioners, and change agents,” she added. At a plenary panel discussion on the theme of Women in industry policy makers, business persons, officials from financial institutions and UN agencies, and women and young entrepreneurs came together to discuss the challenges confronting women entrepreneurs and how to overcome them. Women entrepreneurs often find themselves at the end of the value chain, not just in terms of employment, but also when it comes to access to knowledge, technology and the basic resources – particularly finance – to do business. Adding to these barriers, women face very high level of stigma – a universal problem – with their projects and ideas not given the same level of attention or simply ignored because of the fact it came from a woman. “Women have challenges at all levels – traditionally they have had challenges getting education and training […] or made to enter trades ‘more associated’ with their gender,” explained Killmeyer-Oleche, also a panellist at the session. Soukeina Bouraoui, the President of the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research and moderator of the panel discussion on women in industry, introduces the panellists. Photo: UN News/Vibhu Mishra World Entrepreneur Investment Forum panel discussion on overcoming the challenges confronting women at the workplace. Photo: UN News/Vibhu Mishra ‹ › This discrimination is also evident in the lack of equal pay for equal work in many sectors around the globe. One of the key ways to address these challenges, the panel discussed, is reforming laws and policies, integrating the gender dimensions. Another area of focus is training and education to ensure that young women and men, are imparted with the necessary skills to become entrepreneurs and are able to carefully analyse risks. Using technology and innovative solutions, such as crowd-sourcing or community financing can help overcome some challenges, in particular those relating to accessing finance, said many participants. But, above all, mind-sets across the world have to be changed, they stressed, noting that changed mind-sets will automatically improve the situation in other sectors. “Attitudes change, but not overnight […] it is simply not acceptable to discriminate against women,” said Ina Cronje, Chairperson of the Board of Trade and Investment, KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), a panel participant. The session also saw the designation of Azza Fahmy, a prominent business woman and the Chairwoman and Creative Director of Jewellery of Egypt, as the UNDIO International Creative Woman Entrepreneur. The panel discussion on women in industry was a key event held on the second day of the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum, organized by UNDIO in partnership with the Government of Bahrain. Other key events today included a plenary session on global impact investing; a side-event on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development implementation in Bahrain, jointly organized by UNDP, UNIDO ITPO-Bahrain and UN Global Compact; and partnership events for entrepreneurs. UN News is in Manama, Bahrain, covering the Forum and its associated events. Follow @UN_News_Centre and @UNNewsArabic for up to date news and highlights from WEIF 2017. read more

Security Council should nurture Colombian consensus against return to violence top UN

The briefing from Carlos Ruiz Massieu took place less than a week after a car bombing outside the National Police Academy in the capital Bogotá, which left 21 dead and injured dozens. The attack was claimed by the National Liberation Army (the ELN), one of the remaining active armed opposition groups in Colombia.In total, more than 220,000 people were killed during the long-running conflict beginning in 1964, between Government security forces, and various armed opposition groups, chiefly the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerilla movement, or FARC, and drug traffickers.“In the swift rejection of the attack from across the political spectrum in Colombia, and in the marches held around the country this past Sunday, Colombians demonstrated their ever-broader consensus around the rejection of violence,” said Mr. Ruiz Massieu, who was appointed on 7 January to head the UN’s mission in the country mandated with verifying the implementation of the November 2016 peace agreement. “This consensus must continue to be nurtured,” he told the Security Council. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative for Colombia and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia visiting the Territorial Space for Reincorporation and Training located in Llano Grande, Dabeiba – Antioquia, Colombia (January 2019), by United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia/Liliana GaravitoImportant milestones for reconciliationSpecial Representative Ruiz Massieu went on to highlight some of the recent major achievements of the peace process, including the fact that the Government’s High-level Forum on Gender – responsible for implementation of the gender provisions of the peace agreement – met for the first time on 16 January.He also noted “an important milestone” with the inauguration in May 2018 of the ‘Truth Commission’, a body created to examine past human rights violations, including sexual violence, and to foster reconciliation over the next three years.Mr. Ruiz Massieu stressed that the Special Jurisdiction for Peace – the transitional body in charge of deciding responsiblity for crimes committed during the armed conflict and which started working a year ago – is currently examining five cases of “violent actions impacting no less than 32,000 victims”. “As this Council has itself insisted, it remains vitally important that the independence and autonomy of the Special Jurisdiction are respected and that it receives the support required to operate effectively,” stated the Special Representative.Reintegration and security: two major challenges aheadAmong the near-term challenges ahead, Mr. Ruiz Massieu cited the gaps remaining for the economic reintegration of former combatants, including members of the FARC. He said the various meetings he held in the field have “confirmed both the strong desire of former combatants to work and to find their place in society, as well as the uncertainty many still feel regarding their security, including their legal security, and economic future”.The 26 December 2018 quarterly report prepared by the UN verification mission for the UN Secretary-General, notes that efforts must be accelerated “to advance on the acquisition of land and to work on the development of markets for goods and services produced.”In another step forward for full political integration and reform, on 27 October the FARC party, now a democratic force, will take part for the first time in regional and local elections. Representative Ruiz Massieu noted that efforts are being made to guarantee their and every other party’s security and protection.In Colombia, the security situation remains fragile, as highlighted in the Secretary-General’s report. According to the UN human rights office (OHCHR), since the signing of the 2016 peace agreement, 163 killings of social leaders and human rights defenders have been verified and a total of 454 deaths reported. In the first week of January alone, seven leaders were killed and a total of 31 attacks reported. FARC members are also regularly the targets of attacks, a major challenge to national reconciliation.“The security of communities, leaders and FARC members are ultimately tied to the ability of the State to establish an integrated security and civilian presence in conflict-affected areas,” said Mr. Ruiz Massieu, as he welcomed the efforts made by the Colombian Government to address this issue.“I would like to stress that one of the messages I have heard consistently from Colombians during my first weeks on the ground, is how strongly they both welcome and expect the support and accompaniment of the international community as they seek to overcome the many challenges to consolidating peace,” he concluded. “The continued engagement and support of the Security Council will remain a vital pillar of Colombia’s peace process.”>>> Watch Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu brief the Security Council: read more

Body of Clare hitandrun victim remains at the scene as gardaí make

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING what is believed to be a fatal hit and run after the body of a man was found at Toberteascain, Ennis, Co. Clare shortly after 10pm last night.The man, who is believed to be in his late twenties, was pronounced dead at the scene.The area remains sealed off today and the man’s body remains at the scene pending the arrival of the State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy.Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Toberteascain area of Ennis between 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm yesterday evening or anyone with any information about the incident to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065 6848100.Read: Man found dead following suspected hit-and-run>last_img read more

Thanks to animation you can now see the Parthenon as the ancients

first_imgAside from recreating significant aspects of history, the project also goes a long way in restoring interest in ancient history, with a particular appreciation of the work builders were able to create without the tools available today.For instance in the case of the Parthenon, builders would have been required to be extremely precise, in some cases within a fraction of a millimetre.“We’re not as good as they were,” Lena Lambrinou, an architect on a Parthenon restoration project told the Smithsonian.See the animations here. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Travel site Expedia has teamed up with NeoMam and This is Render to show what seven ancient monuments looked like in their heyday through animation.Through the animated GIFs, the creators have managed to restore missing parts of the relics, restoring facades and marble, and so erasing years of decay.Among the seven selected is the Parthenon in the Greek capital. Created as animated online flip books, people can see today’s Parthenon transformed with its gorgeous frescoes that were around during Pericles’ time.Also featured are Egypt’s Luxor Temple, the Nohoch Mul Pyramid and Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico, the Temple of Jupiter and Area Sacra di Largo Argentina (Temple B) in Italy, and England’s Milecastle 39.last_img read more

Des siamoises de 4 mois séparées avec succès en Chine

first_imgDes siamoises de 4 mois séparées avec succès en ChineUn hôpital de Shanghai a annoncé mardi, être parvenu à séparer deux siamoises âgées de quatre mois après une opération délicate qui a duré six heures. Les petites filles étaient nées avec le foie et le péricarde en commun.C’est une nouvelle réussite pour l’un des hôpitaux de Shanghai en Chine. Mardi, l’établissement a annoncé avoir réussi à séparer deux siamoises âgées de 4 mois. C’est la troisième opération de ce type qui est réalisée dans cette clinique, mais cette fois-ci, le travail des chirurgiens s’est révélé particulièrement délicat. En effet, les deux petites filles étaient nées avec le foie et le péricarde en commun, précise Chine Nouvelle.À lire aussiEn Chine, la guerre contre la pollution de l’air a un effet désastreux et inattenduAinsi, quatre équipes de chirurgiens ont dû se succéder pour séparer les bébés au cours de l’opération qui a duré environ six heures, a précisé Liu Jinfen, directeur du centre médical. Cité par l’AFP, il raconte : “nous les avons séparées au niveau des cœurs, du foie (commun), et avons reconstitué leur cage thoracique en (utilisant) des plaques d’alliage de titane.L’opération était délicate, mais nous avons réussi”. Il ajoute néanmoins que les petites filles, An An et Xin Xin, pourraient avoir besoin d’assistance respiratoire dans un premier temps, alors qu’elles sont aujourd’hui “dans un état stable et sous surveillance en unité de soins intensifs.” La mère a découvert bien avant la naissance des bébés, au cours d’une échographie, qu’elle était enceinte de siamoises. Mais sur le conseil des médecins, elle a décidé de garder les petites filles. En revanche, en Occident, la plupart des grossesses révélant l’existence de siamois sont le plus souvent interrompues, les opérations de séparation s’avérant toujours délicates, malgré les progrès techniques réalisés en chirurgie. Environ 1,2 million d’enfants naissent en Chine chaque année avec des malformations, écrit ainsi le Shanghai Daily.Le 6 septembre 2011 à 13:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Microsoft attaque les magasins Comet pour contrefaçon

first_imgMicrosoft attaque les magasins Comet pour contrefaçonMicrosoft vient d’annoncer avoir lancé une action en justice contre la chaîne de magasins britanniques Comet, qu’il accuse de contrefaçon. Le géant de Redmond affirme que 94.000 copies de disques de restauration de ses systèmes d’exploitation Windows XP, Vista et 7 ont été vendues par cette chaîne.Microsoft vient de porter plainte contre les magasins britanniques Comet, qu’il accuse d’avoir vendu 94.000 copies illégales de disque de restauration de Windows Vista, XP et 7, annonce le géant de Redmond dans un communiqué (lien non disponible). Des copies qui auraient été fabriquées dans une usine située dans l’Hampshire, et distribuées aux consommateurs avec des PC fixes et portables.À lire aussiPour Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, il y a 4 fois plus de Windows Phone vendus en 2012 qu’en 2011″Comme il est précisé dans la plainte déposée ce jour, lit-on dans le communiqué publié ce 4 janvier, Comet a produit et vendu des milliers de CD de Windows contrefaits à des clients peu méfiants au Royaume-Uni”. Et d’ajouter : “Nous nous attendons à mieux de la part des détaillants de produits Microsoft – et nos clients méritent mieux”. Le géant de Redmond invite alors ses clients s’interrogeant sur la légitimité de leur logiciel à se rendre sur une page dédiée, ou à lui envoyer le logiciel suspect.Comet, une filiale du groupe franco-britannique Kesa Electricals, qui détient notamment les magasins Darty, a rapidement répondu à ces accusations. Dans un communiqué publié par le site Engadget, la société déclare : “Comet a demandé et reçu des conseils juridiques d’un avocat de premier plan, qui appuie sa position selon laquelle la production de disques de récupération ne porte pas atteinte à la propriété intellectuelle de Microsoft. Comet croit fermement qu’il a agi dans le meilleur intérêt de ses clients”.Le 5 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sierra Leone Repeal Sedition And Libel Laws GPU Calls On Gambia

first_imgThe Gambia Press Union (GPU) welcomes the scrapping of repressive media and freedom of expression rights laws in Sierra Leone, and calls on The Gambia to follow suit.On Wednesday September 11, the Parliament of Sierra Leone voted to repeal criminal libel and sedition provisions under Part Five of the country’s Public Order Act.The move came barely nine months after President Julius Maada Bio, who assumed office in March 2017, announced plans to fulfill his election campaign promise to repeal anti-media laws and create a fund for media subvention.The repeal of sedition and criminal libel in Sierra Leone leaves The Gambia as the only English-speaking West African country that maintains sedition. Ghana had since 2001 repealed criminal libel and sedition followed by Liberia in 2019.In Nigeria, the Court of Appeal had since 1983 declared sedition as unconstitutional. “We are no longer the illiterates or the mob society our colonial masters had in mind when the law was promulgated,” the court says in its famous ruling.Upon assuming office in 2017, President Adama Barrow regularly pledges to repeal a number of anti-media and free speech laws promulgated and enforced by his predecessor. Nearly three years on, not a piece of legislation is repealed despite enormous efforts by the GPU and partners.In fact, sedition and criminal libel were subject of litigation at the Supreme Court of The Gambia in the wake of a suit filed by the GPU challenging the constitutionality of a number of anti-speech laws, including sedition, criminal libel, false news and false publication on the internet.Although criminal libel was declared as unconstitutional, the country’s highest court ruled that all the provisions on sedition in the penal code are constitutional except the clause that criminalises criticisms of the government. This is despite the fact that a decision was made barely few weeks earlier by the Ecowas Court of Justice, which condemned those same laws as undemocratic and called on the government to repeal them.The GPU President Sheriff Bojang Jr. described Sierra Leone’s move to repeal criminal libel and sedition as “a breath of fresh air at a time when the GPU and partners are pushing for the Government of The Gambia to repeal similar repressive media laws from our law books.”“If Sierra Leone’s lawmakers could break away from the past and repeal these laws, there’s no reason why Gambia should not follow suit. We take this opportunity to once again remind our government that it has a duty to do the right thing by catching up with the rest of the world.”last_img read more

Craig Levein expects Naismith to return this month

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein has revealed he expects Steven Naismith to return to action before the end of December.The former Norwich City striker picked up an injury during the early stages of the Scottish League Cup semifinal on October 28.Levein has marked the game against Aberdeen on December 22 as a potential return date for Naismith and the former Rangers forward remains on target in his recovery from a cartilage operation.News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“The recovery has gone well,” said Naismith, according to Sports Mole.“I’m at the late stage of the rehab and I feel good. We have hit every target along the way and it’s more a case of finishing that off and having some good training and then I’ll be available.”“I know we spoke about the Aberdeen game but I’ll not tempt fate, I’ll just get my head down and work hard.”last_img read more

Launch of the Ports Authority Turks and Caicos Islands newsletter The Navigator

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 7, 2017 – Providenciales – Yesterday, the Ports Authority of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) launched the inaugural issue of its industry newsletter, The Navigator.Ports play a fundamental role in the development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. For many years, their importance to our economy has not been fully realized, yet we have come a long way from the days of the salt industry and sustenance trade with our neighbors as our ports now facilitate international cargo imports and cruise ship operations.In this inaugural edition, the Ports Authority seeks to raise greater awareness of the importance of ports to the sustainable development of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the maritime challenges we are currently faced with. In this issue, contributions have been made by the Hon. Premier, Chairman of the Ports Authority Board and the Director of Ports.The Navigator will be published on a quarterly basis. Our next issue is scheduled to be published in September 2017.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Matthaus Dortmund can snatch Werner from Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus warned his old club that Borussia Dortmund could snatch Timo Werner from right under their nosesThe Bavarians have been strongly linked with a move for Werner over the past month as he considers whether or not to commit his long-term future to RB Leipzig.The Germany international’s contract at Leipzig will expire in June 2020 and the club’s chief executive, Oliver Mintzlaff, has already warned Werner he will be sold unless he signs a new deal.Recent reports in Germany have since suggested that Dortmund are ready to rival Bayern for the 22-year-old forward.And Matthaus believes Dortmund can be a genuine threat to Bayern’s bid to sign Werner.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“You can also win the Bundesliga, play in the Champions League and achieve great things there,” Matthaus wrote on Sky.“In the end, the question will be where he sees the best overall package, and which perspective he considers the most tempting if he leaves Leipzig.“Financially, of course, Bayern would be able to make a bigger offer than Borussia Dortmund. But Watzke and co have managed the club well, have full coffers and a lot to offer.”“If Timo has to decide between the two big German clubs, he will consider whether he would accept competition from Lewandowski and the other huge stars, and which impression the club bosses and the respective coaches make.”Werner has scored 11 times in 17 Bundesliga games for Leipzig this season.last_img read more

San Diego Police Department conducts pedestrian and bicycle safety enforcement operations

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego police are trying to make the streets safer by reducing the number of pedestrian, bicycle and scooter collisions.On Wednesday, police officers assigned to a special detail were looking for pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter riders who were violating the law. KUSI met the team in Little Italy, one of the neighborhoods with the most collisions.Over the last three years, the San Diego Police Department has investigated thousands of collisions city-wide that resulted in injuries or death. Sergeant Bob McDonald said in 2018, there have been 32 pedestrian fatalities to date. We watched as officers cited one man in Little Italy for failing to use a crosswalk.“We’re looking for pedestrians who are walking into traffic, jaywalking, bicycles blowing intersections bcause bicycles have to follow the rules of the road too, and a lot of bicycles will just go right through the intersection,” McDonald said.Much of the special operation was carried out by officers on foot, but officers can cover a broader area when patrolling by car. We took a ride with one officer as he cruised through the Gaslamp Quarter.Officer Adam Devor was scanning the streets for all kinds of violations, including those by drivers who were distracted by texting or talking on the phone.In what appeared to be a common offense, Devor gave tickets to two people for riding scooters on the sidewalk.By law, the motorized scooters are only permitted to be used on the street. Not every encounter resulted in a citation.Officers also issued warnings, as another means of educating people about safety laws. The targeted patrols are funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, which applies money from federal highway safety funds for all kinds of traffic enforcement, including DUI patrols and checkpoints.The video below shows one man riding on the sidewalk and receiving a citation. In an effort to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, @SanDiegoPD Officers hit the streets looking for any kind of violationsMore info: https://t.co/IfkHfw2Mna pic.twitter.com/DHbxNnfmkZ— KUSI News (@KUSINews) December 13, 2018The San Diego Police Department’s press release outlining the operation can be read below:San Diego Police Department will be conducting a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations on Wednesday 12-12-18 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, bicyclist and pedestrians. Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols in Central Division’s will also be deployed to crackdown on drivers, pedestrians, bicyclist and scooter riders who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users.The department has mapped out locations over the past 3 years where pedestrian and bicycle involved collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes. Officers will be looking for traffic offenses made by drivers, bicyclist and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation. Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or intersections.Pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, the San Diego police Department has investigated 1000’s of fatal and injury collisions involving Bicyclist and pedestrians during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrian deaths accounting for over 23 percent of all roadway fatalities, much higher than the national average of 15 percent.A national study reveals that pedestrians and drivers do not obey laws and signals consistently and many often use cell phones, text and listen to music while walking or driving. Only 60 percent of pedestrians said they expected drivers to stop when they were in crosswalks, even though they have the right-of-way.The following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy witnessed far too often in San DiegoDrivers can:Look out for bicyclist and pedestrians and scooter riders especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are likely to be.Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to the pedestrians too.Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path‘Share the road’ with bicyclistsBe courteous; California law now mandates at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike ridersLook for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking spaceYield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signalsBe especially watchful for riders when making turns, either left or right.Bicyclists:Wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. If under 18 years of age, it’s the lawA helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crashRiders are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and duskTo be noticed when riding at night, the law requires a front light and a red reflector to the rearFor additional safety, use a flashing rear light, and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothingPedestrians can:Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and signals.Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk.Pay attention to the traffic moving around you. This is not the time to be texting or talking on a cell phone.Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you.Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night.Look left-right-left before crossing a street.Scooter Riders:Wear properly fitted helmets every time they ride, it’s the lawA helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a Scooter crashRiders are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.Scooter operators should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and duskTo be noticed when riding at night, the law requires a front light and a red reflector to the rearNo passengers are allowed on any scooter, the driver is the only person allowed on the scooter.All operators are required to 15 and ½ and possess a valid driver’s permit.Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Updated: 7:14 PM Posted: December 12, 2018 Sasha Foo, KUSI Newsroom December 12, 2018 Sasha Foo, KUSI Newsroom, San Diego Police Department conducts pedestrian and bicycle safety enforcement operationslast_img read more

Lawmakers Grapple With Budget Impasse

first_imgBetween the regular session, the extended session, and now two special sessions, the Legislature has been meeting for 135 days. But even with all the extra time, lawmakers appear no closer to a budget deal than they were a month ago. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez covers the Legislature and joins us to talk about the impasse.Download Audio:last_img

US reaches tentative deal to avoid shutdown

first_imgUS senators Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) talk with House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) as a bipartisan group of lawmakers meet to discuss border security as part of government funding legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, 30 January 2019. Photo: ReutersUS congressional negotiators said on Monday they reached a tentative deal on border security funding to avert another partial government shutdown due to start on Saturday, but an aide said it did not include the $5.7 billion president Donald Trump wants for a border wall.”We reached an agreement in principle” on funding border security programs through 30 September, Republican senator Richard Shelby told reporters.”Our staffs are going to be working feverishly to put all the particulars together,” Shelby said. He did not say whether Trump would get any money for the US-Mexico border wall.It was not clear if Trump would embrace the agreement. His December demand for $5.7 billion to help pay for the wall – rejected by congressional Democrats – triggered a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended last month without him getting wall funding.A congressional aide, who asked not to be identified, said the outline of the deal included $1.37 billion for erecting new fencing along the southern border. That is about the same amount Congress allocated over the past couple years and far below what Trump has demanded.The aide said none of the money would be for a “wall,” which Trump has been touting since he launched his campaign for president in 2016. Democrats say the wall would be costly and ineffective.Trump was holding a rally in the border city of El Paso, Texas, on Monday night to argue for the wall he says can protect Americans from violent criminals, drugs and a “tremendous onslaught” of migrant caravans.Trump said he heard about the progress in the talks just before he took the stage in El Paso, but he did not discuss details. “Just so you know – we’re building the wall anyway,” he said. “Maybe progress has been made – maybe not.”Detention BedsUnder Monday’s agreement, which must be fleshed out by congressional staff experts, Democrats would gave up on a demand they floated on Friday night to cap the number of immigrant detention beds in the interior of the United States.Democrats had complained that the Trump administration was increasing detention capacity as a way of speeding up deportations of illegal immigrants, some of whom were seeking asylum under US law.But an overall cap – on borders and in the interior – would remain at 40,520 beds. The aide said that despite that cap, the number had actually grown to 49,057 and that under the deal, it would be brought down to the legal cap.Democratic Representative Nita Lowey said on Monday night: “I hope by Wednesday we’ll have a finished product.” Lowey said she had been in touch with House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi, who she said “has confidence I have made the right decision.”Trump agreed to reopen the government last month for three weeks to allow congressional negotiators time to find a compromise on government funding for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends on 30 September, to avert another shutdown.In Washington, the small group of lawmakers leading the negotiations met for about two hours on Monday. They said they wanted to seal a plan by Monday night to allow time for the legislation to pass the House and Senate and get Trump’s signature by Friday, when funding is due to expire for the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and several other federal agencies.last_img read more