Tral encounter: Slain constable had volunteered for op that claimed life

first_imgA 33-year-old Jammu and Kashmir policeman, who was soon to be a father, lost his life in his second attempt to flush out militants holed up in a house in Tral after miraculously escaping a volley of fire the first time round.Constable Mazoor Ahmed Niak came forward on two occasions after senior officers decided to bring down the house at Reshipora from which the two militants had continued firing on the police, Army and CRPF.Undeterred by blazing fire from assault rifles, the braveheart crawled in the pitch dark and placed charges (explosives used for road construction) around the house, a senior officer recalled.The constable came under heavy fire from an AK rifle as he started retreating towards his position but managed to escape, they said.“Koi baat nahi (don’t worry),” was his nonchalant reply when it was pointed out to him that he would have been killed and that he should not take such risks.The explosives planted by him, though, brought down only half of the house.This was followed by a heavy exchange of fire which continued till nearly 2 a.m.The situation was tense as people in the nearby locality were protesting and social media was abuzz with rumours to mobilize more people, an officer said.The firing then stopped and following a wait of two hours, Niak again volunteered to plant explosives to bring down what remained of the house, after an Army Major suffered serious gunshot injuries.As he charged towards the house this time, he was hit by a volley of bullets from a militant. Despite his wounds, he planted the explosives on remaining part of the house before breathing his last.Survived by a four-year-old son Aarzoo, a pregnant wife and two unemployed brothers, the resident of Salamabad in Uri (North Kashmir) was the only earning member of his family.He had announced to his senior officer earlier that he was proceeding on leave as his wife was expecting.“It’s sad that we have lost a boy whose love for his duty and motherland will not go waste. The supreme sacrifice made by the Constable boosts the moral of Jammu and Kashmir police. I salute the brave heart,” Director General of Police S P Vaid said after the wreath laying ceremony held for the martyred policeman.Both militants, one of whom was from Pakistan, were killed in the encounter.last_img read more

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I back myself to finish games for India: Hardik Pandya

first_imgPromising “fearless” cricket in the series-deciding fifth ODI against the West Indies tomorrow, Hardik Pandya says he backs himself to be a finisher for India after failing to do the job in the previous game.India needed 29 off 31 balls when Pandya (20 off 21) got out in the fourth ODI which the visitors eventually lost by 11 runs. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at the other end but his 114-ball 54 too did not prove to be good enough.While Dhoni’s finishing powers are on the wane, Pandya has shown promise on his way to becoming a world-class finisher.Talking about his partnership with Dhoni, Pandya said they were confident about chasing down the modest 190-run target.”The conversation with MS was pretty simple to be honest.”The power which we both have we thought to take the innings deep and then chase it down. Most times we would chase 31 off 29 balls but then we were not able to finish. I back myself to finish the game for the team and all these instances are part of the learnings,” said Pandya at Sabina Park.”We will be fearless in the final game. Last game was one of those games where it did not click. But we will go ahead and express ourselves, that is when we play our best cricket,” he said further.Pandya looked good before a terrible mix up with Ravindra Jadeja ended his knock. The all-rounder said he was angry but it did not take him long to get over the dismissal.advertisement”It took a lot of time. Only three minutes to be honest,” he quipped. “It was just an outburst. I get hyper quickly and after few minutes I was laughing in the dressing room. Looking at me, some of the players were laughing too.”Pandya added that he was aware of the conditions in the West Indies even before he landed in the Caribbean, thanks to his Mumbai Indians teammates in the IPL.”I am pretty close to the names you took (Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons, who are not part of the ODI team). The first call was to Pollard. I asked him about the pitches and conditions. They are my brothers from another mother. It would have been nice to play against them and enjoy some healthy banter,” he added.The stylish player has gone on to become a key member in the ODI side ever since delivering in the home series against England in January.”I am pretty happy with the way things are going for me.Both with bat and ball,” said Pandya, who believes that he can be equally handy with both bat and ball.”You should be brave enough to do the job that is required of you. I back myself to play in any situation. I see myself as a proper all-rounder and not bowling or batting all- rounder.”He is known for his big sixes but he has played some patient innings according to the situation of the game.Captain Virat Kohli has also helped him deal with the pressures of international cricket.”He has helped a lot. I rememberer when I finished the game against England, it was a 43-ball 40. That day Virat told me that ‘international is like copy paste and you have to keep repeating your performances’. All these things I have kept in mind. He is a big influence on all the players,” said Pandya, who has played 16 ODIs so far.The 23-year old has scored two half centuries and taken 18 wickets.One of his two half centuries came in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. His 76 off 43 balls was the lone bright spot in India’s forgettable chase as Pakistan won the game by 180 runs.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho has Manchester United F.C. squad to work his magic

first_imgAlthough they won two major trophies last season, a sixth-placed Premier League finish cannot be heralded as a success for a club of Manchester United’s size and pedigree.With the new season fast approaching, there is an air of optimism around Old Trafford with a squad now bearing the resemblance of one on which Jose Mourinho can work his magic.Mourinho identified two key positions to strengthen in the close season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals needed replacing, long term, and in Romelu Lukaku, Mourinho has a direct, channel-running hitman with a scoring record to rival the very best.Mourinho is not a possession-based coach. United strolled to Europa League glory against Ajax in May with under 31 percent of the ball.Lukaku has the engine to make the runs for Paul Pogba to pick with his long, ranging passes on the counter, but can still act as that first line of defence to appease his cautious manager.”Some people said they (United) did not play good football, but we are not in the circus,” former United full back Patrice Evra told MUTV.”If you want to enjoy football then, yes 2008 was great and different, but people have to forget that and concentrate on this current Manchester United team.” This United team now comes complete with Mourinho’s piece de resistance from his summer transfer activity. Whether it was Costinha at Porto — a player Mourinho described as his “assistant coach on the pitch”, or Claude Makelele at Chelsea, that holding midfielder is the one Mourinho has built his teams around.advertisementNemanja Matic, who anchored Chelsea to Premier League glory under Mourinho in 2014-15, completed his move to United on Monday and Mourinho has his fulcrum once again.”Nemanja is a Jose Mourinho player,” Mourinho said. “He represents everything we want in a footballer.”With Victor Lindelof providing addition defensive cover, all the pieces are in place.The formation Mourinho will deploy remains unclear, but the fact he has so many options is a cause for great excitement among United fans.After a first season of transition, this is a now Mourinho team.The football may not always be the most attractive, but his conservative focus has proven successful throughout Europe.Mourinho has the personnel to exert this style of play, and should his new arrivals produce the goods, a serious title tilt could well be on the cards.last_img read more

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Bryce is Right: Harper, Phils Agree to Record $330M Deal (Vid)

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper is kind of a big deal in Philly.No, not just with his colossal contract — Harper and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year deal that is the largest contract in baseball history.But as an attraction.Harper zipped to the top of the list as the city’s most popular athlete, adding a dash of star power while raising payroll, projections and prices to a franchise that has lagged in popularity in the shared sports complex behind Super Bowl champions, a Process and a mascot.“One of the best players in baseball,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.With Harper set to take his cuts in Philly, the question is raised: Are the Phillies the team to beat in the NL East?That’s a clown question, bro.The betting odds shifted faster than the Astros’ infield once Harper landed in Philly. The Phillies’ odds at winning the division went from 2-1 to 5-4; the pennant from 7-1 to 4-1 and the World Series from 12-1 to 8-1.FILE – In this July 16, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals Bryce Harper (34) reacts to his winning hit during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, in Washington. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)After leading their division in early August, the Phillies went 16-33 over the final 49 games of last season and at 80-82 finished with a losing record for the sixth straight season.The Phillies haven’t been a playoff threat since the 2007-11 heyday when Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley anchored five postseason teams, back-to-back NL pennants and the 2008 World Series championship. The Phillies ballpark was a hotter summer attraction than the Jersey shore and the franchise set an NL record with 257 straight sellouts from 2009-2012.Last year? Tickets could be had on the secondary market for the price of a ballpark hot dog at first pitch and all the bells and whistles of added fan-friendly attractions couldn’t generate enthusiasm. Ticket prices on StubHub skyrocketed faster than a Harper homer on Thursday once tweets of his impending arrival hit the city — the cheap seats start at $100 for opening day. Phillies fans went old school and left work early to hit ticket windows and score face value tickets on the cheap (if not resell at a tidy profit) for his debut.Just wait until his jersey goes on sale.Harper wore No. 34 in Washington but that number hasn’t been worn by a Phillies player since Hall of Famer Roy Halladay died piloting a plane in 2017.Harper, who makes the short list with Pete Rose, Jim Thome and Cliff Lee as biggest free-agent signings in franchise history, is one of the few pay-to-watch players in baseball. And Phillies fans — who cheered fellow free-agent Manny Machado during the team’s public flirtation with the San Diego Padres star — will pay stupid money for their seats. But he’s not the only new face in Philly worth watching.“I certainly think that the city of Philadelphia would embrace Bryce Harper,” Kapler said. “I think he would be very happy in this city because our fans care deeply about winning. Their care about winning was evidenced throughout this entire offseason, obviously paying close attention to every move that (general manager) Matt (Klentak) made, and we made a lot of moves to get ready for this spring training.”A 26-year-old All-Star who had spent his entire big league career with the Washington Nationals, Harper topped the $325 million, 13-year agreement outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reached before the 2015 season with the Miami Marlins.Harper isn’t even the only MVP and All-Star added to the lineup this season. The Phillies were trending toward a playoff team before Harper signed as the fattened the roster with the additions of 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen for $50 million over three years and 2011 All-Star reliever David Robertson for $23 million over two years, and acquiring 2018 NL All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and two-time All-Star shortstop Jean Segura.Harper, Realmuto and Segura were All-Stars last season.“We thought we were a complete team. Now, we’re even more of a complete team,” McCutchen said. “It’s going to be fun.”There’s tons of fun on the Philly sports scene these days and Harper was added to a city roster brimming with stars; Carson Wentz, Gritty, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and even Flyers rookie sensation Carter Hart have the most pessimistic of fans pumped for the decade ahead.Or maybe the next 13 years.Phillies kids club members will start paying off student loans by the time Harper’s contract is finished — one the franchise can only hope pays off with a few more World Series banners added to their meager total.Aaron Nola, who finished third in last year’s NL Cy Young voting, and a healthy Jake Arrieta should form a stout 1-2 top of the rotation and Zach Efflin, Nick Pivetta, and Vince Velasquez all need to take a step forward this season for the Phillies to contend. Rhys Hoskins, Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez return to give the Phillies one of the best top-to-bottom lineups in the National League.Kapler said Harper would likely hit third or fourth in the lineup, and the analytics say he should thrive in hitter-friendly Philly. Harper has batted .268 with 14 home runs, 32 RBIs, a .365 on-base percentage, a .564 slugging percentage, a .930 OPS and 48 hits in 50 career games at Citizens Bank Park.Washington took him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft and called him up to the majors less than two years later at age 19. He would go on to become the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year for a Nationals club that won its first division title and made its postseason debut. Last year, he hit 34 homers and produced a career-high 100 RBIs while walking 130 times, although his batting average dipped to .249. He started more than a third of his games in center field instead of his usual spot in right because of injuries to teammates.Before Harper gets too comfy in Philly, a visit with an old friend. Harper and the Phillies play April 2-3 against Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg at Nationals Park.It’s a chance to wave goodbye to the only baseball city he’s called home — before the brash Harper gets set to mash in Philly.___By DAN GELSTON ,  AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Football transfer rumours: Martial to Inter … and Perisic to Manchester United?

first_imgShare on LinkedIn FA to push for cut on overseas players in Premier League regardless of Brexit Topics Rumour Mill Lorenzo Pellegrini’s agent, meanwhile, has poured freezing cold water on a move from Roma to Manchester United. The midfielder has a £26m release clause in his contract but “Pellegrini is only thinking about improving with and for Roma”. He added: “I’m sorry that rumours [about Manchester United] have spread about financial aspects relating to him and his team-mates, but it doesn’t matter for Lorenzo. He doesn’t live for meetings, especially financial ones,” Giampiero Pocetta told Corriere dello Sport, an apparent blow to accountants everywhere.Liverpool fans: rejoice! Any fears that you might lose Mo Salah or Sadio Mané to Barcelona look like they can be shelved for another three years after reports in Spain that the Reds inserted a clause into the Philippe Coutinho deal that prevents the Catalan side from signing any Liverpool player until 2021. Then again, Real Madrid do not care about that clause, so feel free to fret.Here are three things you probably didn’t know about Salomón Rondón. His first name is actually José, his father is a chemistry professor and fresh from scoring a game-winning double against Bournemouth last time out, Newcastle want to turn his loan move into a permanent one in January, despite those goals being his only league goals in a black and white shirt to date. West Brom, his parent club, want £16.5m.Obligatory Chelsea loan update: Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of the most talented young English players around and is still about 15,846,261 years from cementing a first-team place at Stamford Bridge, so looks set to leave on a temporary basis in January – Burnley and Southampton lead the race. Milan are also speaking to the Blues about extending Tiémoué Bakayoko’s loan move to the summer while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is apparently tempted to wear the blue of Schalke come the new year – the Bundesliga club are competing with Crystal Palace for yet another loan deal. Football features Share via Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Swap deals are exciting. Inter’s Bobby Carlos and Real Madrid’s Ivan Zamarano moved in opposite directions in 1996, Milan and Juventus decided Gonzalo Higuaín and Leonardo Bonucci were worth the same last summer and we all know which of Chelsea and Arsenal did the better out of the Ashley Cole-William Gallas trade. After his maverick Alexis Sánchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap, Manchester United’s Ed Woodward has another proposition on his hands: Anthony Martial for Inter’s Ivan Perisic (if he doesn’t fancy splurging £30m on the Croatian). Pros: Perisic has a better left foot. Cons: Martial has probably been United’s best player in recent weeks, is seven years younger and gets on really well with Paul Pogba. Stranger things have happened.Mill fave Alex Sandro has used the classic international break interview smokescreen to stoke up whispers he could leave Juventus for England. “I think, one day, who knows what will happen?” the Brazilian flirted. “I have a desire to play in the Premier League but right now I am very happy where I am at, the club I am at [Juventus], the league I am playing in.” Alex! You big tease! Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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24 days ago​Man Utd keeper De Gea: We must beat teams like Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd keeper De Gea: We must beat teams like Arsenalby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes they must win games such as the home clash against Arsenal.The Red Devils were unable to turn their possession into more than a single goal, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.It was a tough clash against a fellow top-four hopeful at home, and De Gea knows they will rue not being able to get all three points.”This is Manchester United. We’re playing at Old Trafford so we have to win these games,” De Gea said to reporters.”We have a young team but the lads have to react and play better than they are. We are a team. We know we have to improve and we are all working really hard to do it.”We had a lot of good chances – of course, they did too, but I think we had the better ones.”We have to keep learning. We have a young team, so it’s time to keep looking forward and try to win the next game.” last_img read more

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AFC Asian Cup: UAE protest at eligibility of Qatar players dismissed

first_img Reuters Abu DhabiFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 17:48 IST UAE had formally questioned the eligibility of 22-year-old Almoez Ali (centre) and Iraqi-born defender Bassam Al Rawi, 21HIGHLIGHTSUAE FA had protested the eligibility of two Qatar playersQatar had defeated UAE 4-0 in the AFC Asian Cup semi-finalsQatar take on Japan in the AFC Asian Cup final on FridayA protest by the United Arab Emirates over the eligibility of two Qatar players was dismissed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday, a few hours before they were due to take to the field for the Asian Cup final.The AFC on Thursday confirmed that the UAE FA had protested the eligibility of Almoez Ali and Bassam Al Rawi, who helped Qatar reach their maiden final at the continental championship against Japan.”The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee today dismissed the protest lodged by the United Arab Emirates Football Association over the eligibility of two Qatar players,” an AFC statement said.A UAE FA spokesman reached for comment by Reuters said he had no information and ended the call.Sudan-born striker Ali, 22, scored his record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament when Qatar humiliated the UAE hosts 4-0 on Tuesday, while Iraqi-born defender Al Rawi, 21, was suspended for that match but expected to return for the final.FIFA requirements mandate that a player switching national allegiance must either qualify through their parents or grandparents or have resided in a country for five years after their 18th birthday.The protest comes against a background of a political and economic boycott of Qatar which the UAE launched with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017. The four countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.The political rift was manifest in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday when Emirati fans hurled sandals and drinks bottles at Ali and two other players celebrating their goals during the semi-final.advertisementAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup final: Japan captain Maya Yoshida eyes record-extending 5th titleAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup: UAE protest at eligibility of Qatar players dismissedThe United Arab Emirates FA had protested the eligibility of Almoez Ali and Bassam Al Rawi, who helped Qatar reach their maiden final at the continental championship against Japan.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Lowincome Seniors Receive Tax Refund Cheques

first_imgThe province is returning provincial income tax to more than 16,000 seniors this week as part of its commitment to help make life more affordable. For the second year, Nova Scotia seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement will be refunded their provincial income tax for the 2011 taxation year. The cheques will provide eligible seniors an average of $457, and at least $50. “We’re putting this money back into the hands of seniors who need it, because we know that every dollar counts,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Some of Nova Scotia’s seniors need a little extra help to make ends meet. Initiatives like this one help make life more affordable for thousands of low-income seniors.” Seniors do not have to apply for this refund, but they must file a tax return each year. The Department of Finance uses information from tax returns to assess eligibility and to process the refunds. “We are committed to helping provide seniors with the means to age positively,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Seniors. “Through this tax refund, and other initiatives, we are working hard to give our seniors the support they need.” As additional tax-return information is received from the Canada Revenue Agency, more refund cheques will be processed and mailed. Those who did not file a return for the 2011 taxation year, but who are eligible, can still receive the refund when they file a tax return. In addition to the 2011 tax year refunds being mailed this week, the department will also be sending cheques to more than 400 seniors for the 2010 tax year after receiving additional data from the Canada Revenue Agency.last_img read more

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FB accused of copying Calibra logo from online bank

first_imgSan Francisco: Social networking giant Facebook has been accused of using a logo for its new cryptocurrency play, similar to the logo of an online banking company called ‘Current’. Earlier this week, Facebook announced its own global digital coin called ‘Libra’, to be managed by a governing body called the Libra Association. Calibra is the name of the subsidiary that would run the wallet. According to the CEO of Current, Stuart Sopp, the logo for Calibra is similar to Current’s logo, CNET reported on Thursday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “This is a funny way to try and create trust in a new global financial system — by ripping off another Fintech firm,” the report quoted Sopp as saying. “We put six months of hard work into this with that design firm, which they basically reused for Facebook without changing much — Facebook is a big company that should have done their due diligence on this.” Sopp has revealed that both of the logos have been designed by the same San Francisco-based design firm called Character and both the logos feature a wave inside a circle. The online banking company tweeted a picture of both the logos in one frame and captioned the post: “This is what happens when you only have one crayon left.” According to the media reports, Current is a consulting law firm Goodwin Procter to decide whether it has a trademark or patent infringement case against the social networking giant.last_img read more

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Forest Whitaker To Be Honored For Charity Work At Critics Choice Movie

first_imgThe Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that it will be honoring Forest Whitaker with the Joel Siegel Award at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, to be presented to him by his co-star in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Oprah Winfrey.The Joel Siegel Award is a special honor given by the BFCA in the name of “Good Morning America” film critic and founding BFCA member Joel Siegel, who lost his long struggle with cancer in June, 2007. The Joel Siegel Award is special to the BFCA, honoring its namesake’s legacy and his belief that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others. It spotlights the leadership role so many great stars undertake to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Previous recipients include Sean Penn, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle.Forest Whitaker is an exceptional actor. He won an Academy Award and a Critics’ Choice award for his work in “The Last King of Scotland,” and he was acclaimed this past year for his performance as Cecil Gaines in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” But he is also an exceptional humanitarian who has worked to raise awareness about youth and violence. In 2012, he founded the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, dedicated to helping people affected by violence regardless of age, gender, nationality or faith. Its mission is simple: empower individuals by creating a space for them to be heard, and inspire youth, women and men to promote peace everywhere.The rest of the night’s winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the star-studded awards gala will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT.last_img read more

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Landing gear collapse as plane lands in Bolivia none hurt

first_imgLA PAZ, Bolivia — A Peruvian Airlines Boeing 737 suffered a collapsed landing gear when it arrived at an airport in Bolivia, forcing closure of the runway for 10 several hours. Officials say none of the 122 passengers or five crewmembers was hurt.Officials say that they were unable to move the plane, prompting a 10-hour closure that delayed several other flights into and out of the El Alto airport near the Bolivian capital on ThursdayThe plane was arriving on a flight from Cuzco, Peru.The airline said in a statement that the cause of the incident is under investigation.The Associated Presslast_img

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BDP International Transportation Company Expands to Morocco

Rabat – BDP International, a global logistics and transportation corporation, has announced its intention to open its first Morocco office this month. On June 9th, the company issued a press release on its website, www.bdpinternational.com, in which head of North Africa and Turkey locations Fikret Ersoy described the benefits of operating from the kingdom. “Our customers based in Europe and the United States see Morocco as a safe harbor in North Africa with huge potential for additional business growth, and we recognize that opportunity for expansion,” he said.The Casablanca location is expected to provide “chemical/petrochemical, healthcare, energy, retail, oil and gas, and automotive industry customers with a wide array of services including: ocean/air export and import; export/import customs clearance; project logistics; ground transport; and warehousing/distribution,” according to the press release. It will be overseen by Country Manager Abderrahim Msaidi. Ersoy told Logistics Management that BDP has “been interested in Morocco for 3-4 years. Morocco has an important growth potential and also [takes a] logistics hub role in West Africa regions.” He lauded government efforts to increase foreign direct investment and free trade zones, citing “infrastructure, geopolitical position, and education level” as factors inspiring the company’s decision.Yves Letange, BDP’s Managing Director of Europe, North Africa and Turkey, called North Africa “one of the most vital regions for growth in the supply chain world,” and expressed his confidence in expanding to this region. Current BDP locations in North Africa include Tunis, Tripoli, Cairo, and the Canary Islands, among over 240 cities worldwide.Casablanca, Morocco’s largest port and city, is the economic capital of the kingdom. King Mohammad VI has often reinforced his commitment to making this city not just a national hub of trade and commerce, but a regional one as well. As the crossroads between Africa, Europe, and the Arab World, Morocco has historically held a key trade route. As the kingdom continues to develop, its importance to international trade routes is likely to increase.The Philadelphia-based company currently employs over 4200 people and generated over $2 billion in 2014. It also intends to open a Tangier office in September, making Morocco the only North African nation with BDP locations in two cities. read more

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UN aid officials voice concern about Angolan refugees in DR Congo

16 October 2009United Nations humanitarian officials today voiced concerns for the health and living conditions of tens of thousands of Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the two countries engage in retaliatory expulsions of each other’s citizens. Between 20,000 and 40,000 Angolans have massed in DRC’s Bas-Congo province near the Lufu and Kuzi border posts, and the concentration of people in such a small area poses health and sanitation concerns, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Earlier this week OCHA deployed an inter-agency mission to Bas-Congo province to assess the conditions for the people expelled, with the concern greatest for Angolans expelled from the Cataractes district of Bas-Congo.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) complained to the Congolese Government about the expulsion of the Angolans and was assured that the forced moves would stop. The Angolan Government has also announced it has temporarily suspended expulsions of Congolese living in its territory.But OCHA said that humanitarian officials in the region are continuing to follow developments closely so they can respond quickly if the expulsions resume.Angola expelled about 2,000 people to the DRC in the first half of the year but the process has accelerated since then, with about 17,000 further expulsions in the past three months, and authorities in the DRC responding with their own expulsions. read more

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Auto sales hit onemillion mark by midway point of year for first

by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 4, 2017 2:14 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Despite slumping passenger car sales, for the first time more than one million new vehicles have been sold in Canada by the midway mark of the year.DesRosiers Automotive Reports says overall car and light truck sales increased five per cent, with 1,039,068 vehicles moving off lots from January through June compared to the same time period last year.The market research firm says auto sales in June also set a new record, with 203,486 vehicles sold, 6.5 per cent more than during the same month a year ago.Like in the past, sales of light trucks led the way in June, rising by 10 per cent year-over-year, and easily offsetting a 0.1 per cent decline in passenger car sales. Year-to-date, passenger car sales were down two per cent while light truck sales were up 8.8 per cent.While this is the strongest start on record for Canada, DesRosiers says a different picture has been forming in the U.S. where new vehicle sales have been down for four consecutive months as of June.“Surpassing 2016 as an all-time record setting year may not be a foregone conclusion should Canada start to follow that trend in the latter half of the year,” the firm said in a release.Increasingly strong signals from the Bank of Canada that rock-bottom interest rates are nearing an end may also play a role in slowing down the furious pace of car sales, says Equifax Canada.“Higher rates may actually lead to a short term blip as dealers and buyers look to take advantage of rates now,” said Bill Johnston, the credit bureau’s vice-president of data and analytics.“(But) over coming months, the cumulative rate hikes will begin to slowdown auto sales as manufacturers will find it more difficult to offer the long-term promo rates.”Michael Hatch, chief economist at the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, says he doesn’t see a rate bump having a huge impact on prospective buyers.“For one thing, any rate increase in the short term is likely to be very small, in the 25-basis point ballpark,” he said, adding that the delinquency rate on auto loans continues to sit at historically low levels.A TransUnion Canada report for the first quarter of 2017 showed that while average auto lending balances rose 2.75 per cent year-over-year, at the same time, serious delinquency rates remained essentially flat at 1.70 per cent.George Iny, president of the Automobile Protection Association, said he expects car makers to continue to keep interest rates low on new vehicles because it makes long-term car loans of seven to eight years more palatable to the public.“It’s a bad loop if they get into it, if they raise rates, because it will then make the long loan unattractive,” he said. “And then people won’t take the vehicle at all.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. Auto sales hit one-million mark by midway point of year for first time read more

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The NBA Is Giving Teams No Excuses To Sit Stars In Big

If you want a sense of what it was that forced the NBA to alter the way it schedules games, take a close look at a one-week stretch in mid-March.On March 11, the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs — separated in the standings by a mere game-and-a-half — each sat out their best players during a nationally televised Saturday game on ABC. A week later, the Cleveland Cavaliers did the exact same thing, sitting LeBron James among others in a marquee, ABC-carried game against the Los Angeles Clippers.1ABC is a part of Disney, the same parent company as FiveThirtyEight/ESPN.Asked whether the league contacted the Cavs about the team’s decision to rest its stars during the contest, David Griffin, Cleveland’s general manager at the time, said an NBA official called him almost immediately. “Seven minutes after it was announced. Yeah, they were not happy,” he said. “I feel bad for the league. I really do. But it is what it is from an injury standpoint.”In response to such concerns — including the fact that NBA teams have begun resting players earlier and earlier in the calendar each season, even when they aren’t in contention — the league made sure to build in a decent number of rest days around its biggest, most-hyped games this season to prevent clubs from using that rationale to sit star players in those contests.Perhaps the clearest shift in this regard: The league did its best to ensure that ABC will not be left showing the Warriors without Steph Curry, Kevin Durant or the Dubs’ other stars. Golden State, the NBA’s most televised team2This is the case again this year. They were the most-televised club last season, too., played five games on ABC last season, with four of those matchups being part of a back-to-back set.3A back-to-back is a stretch in which a team is forced to play games on consecutive days, without any true rest — a scenario that arguably waters down the quality of play, since players are fatigued for the second game. But this year, Golden State is slated to play six games on ABC with none of those being part of a back-to-back.More broadly, league officials were able to reduce each club’s number of back-to-back showings by beginning the season a week earlier than usual. The average team will now play just over 14 back-to-backs over the course of the season, down from 16 last season. And for the first time in league history, no team will be forced to play four games in a five-night span.Over the past few years, the notion of resting players has almost become commonplace, even after the Spurs got hit with a massive $250,000 fine in 2012 for holding out a number of its best players in a high-profile game against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. But there is an argument to be made that the league was overstepping its bounds in that case. After all, what if a team runs out of gas in the postseason, largely because it overexerted itself during a regular season in which players were all but forced to play in high-profile, nationally televised games? Aside from the injury risk, it’s also taking a key coaching decision — when and how to push your players, versus when to relax them — out of a coach’s hands.By striking the balance it did Monday night, the league may have found a way to keep players more happy, and fans at home more interested. read more

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Serial thief convicted of trying to rob footballer Andy Carrolls £22k watch

first_imgThe defendant was found hiding below a mattress at a property in Dagenham, east London, when police went to arrest him 10 days after the botched robbery. Jack O'Brien, left, swooped on England player Andy Carroll near Hainault, north-east London Jack O’Brien, left, swooped on England player Andy Carroll near Hainault, north-east LondonCredit:Essex News and Pictures/Getty A serial thief has been convicted of attempting to rob Premier League striker Andy Carroll of his £22,000 wristwatch in a drive-by heist.Motorbike-riding Jack O’Brien, 22, swooped on the England player’s Jeep Wrangler near Hainault, north-east London, as he was driving home from West Ham’s training ground last year.Carroll told the trial he believed O’Brien had a gun when he pulled alongside him at a set of traffic lights and demanded the expensive timepiece on November 2. Andy Carroll was left fearing for his life following the ordealCredit:Nigel French/PA Andy Carroll leaving Basildon Crown Court after giving evidenceCredit:East News Press Agency Carroll twice gave evidence during the trial – once in person and a second time via video-link, having been taken from training to Barkingside Magistrates’ Court by police escort.He told the court he had seen the robber for about 10 seconds and later identified O’Brien in a police identity parade.O’Brien claimed he was not the biker in question and, while he had used the motorbike gear for other crimes, he had not on that occasion. His account was rejected by jurors. The 6ft 4in striker told the court he had been “scared” when the motorcycle driver approached his camouflage green vehicle and said: “Nice watch.”He had initially thought the rider, who was wearing a crash helmet with a visor up, was boxer Kevin Mitchell pulling up for a chat.But as he went to drive off, the man said: “Give me your watch.” Carroll told the court he then did a U-turn, but was pursued by two motorbike drivers.In a panicked 999 call played to the jury, Carroll told emergency responders: “There’s two motorbikes, one’s behind me pulling out a gun, I don’t know what to do.”He added that he had “probably just hit about 10 cars” during his getaway. No firearm was found by police and the second driver has not been located. Andy Carroll Andy Carroll leaving Basildon Crown Court after giving evidence earlier  A motorcycle helmet, Ducati jacket and a Suzuki motorbike were all seized, which police believed O’Brien used in the attempt on Mr Carroll. DNA matching the defendant’s was found on the helmet and jacket.It was heard that similar items had been used for a string of burglaries by O’Brien between October and November last year, in which cash and jewellery were taken.O’Brien previously admitted carrying out five other burglaries and three attempted burglaries between October and November 2016. The 28-year-old was then pursued by two suspects on motorbikes as he tried to escape, forcing him onto the wrong side of the road as he drove back to the training ground, which had security staff.Convicted burglar O’Brien, of Romford, east London, was found guilty of attempted robbery by a jury of six men and six women after six hours and 25 minutes of deliberations at Basildon Crown Court.O’Brien, who wore an untucked white shirt with a pink tie, did not display any emotion as the verdict was read out.Judge John Lodge is expected to sentence O’Brien for both his attempt on Carroll and a string of other offences. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Marissa Mayer un nouveau capitaine à la barre de Yahoo

first_imgMarissa Mayer, un nouveau capitaine à la barre de Yahoo !Exit Scott Thomson et entrée de Marissa Mayer ! Yahoo ! change de directeur général et accueille une ex-dirigeante de Google.Conclusion de l’affaire du faux CV chez Yahoo ! Scott Thomson, qui avait falsifié son CV, a été remercié en mai dernier, puis remplacé, au pied levé, par Ross Levinsohn, prenant le poste de directeur général par intérim. Scott Thomson faisant amende honorable s’était excusé vis à vis de son fait, et avait alors expliqué qu’il s’en remettait à la décision du Conseil d’administration de la société concernant son futur.Hier, ce Conseil d’administration a décidé de nommer Marissa Mayer à ce poste si glissant (cinq directeurs en trois ans !), dans un communiqué signé du président du Conseil, Fred Amoroso : “le conseil d’administration s’est accordée à l’unanimité sur le fait que l’expérience sans précédent de Marissa dans la technologie, le design et la mise en œuvre des produits font d’elle la patronne qu’il faut pour Yahoo!”.Et pour cause, à 37 ans, la nouvelle directrice n’en est pas à sa première expérience du web. Elle a travaillé pendant 13 ans au sein de Google, notamment aux services de cartographie et de géolocalisation, où elle était responsable du moteur de recherches. Un passage remarqué dans la firme : en la rejoignant, en 1999, elle y devient la première femme ingénieure de la société.Une vie en numériqueÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Née le 30 mai 1975 à Wausau (États-Unis), elle dispose d’une licence en systèmes symboliques et d’un doctorat honorifique en ingénierie à l’Illinois Institute of Technology.Diplômée de l’université de Stanford, elle possède également une maîtrise en informatique avec, comme spécialités l’intelligence artificielle et la conception d’interface machine-utilisateur, domaines dans lesquels elle dispose de brevets.Suite à sa nomination, l’action Yahoo ! a bondi de 1,69 % à 15,91 dollars à Wall Street, alors que celle de Google cédait hier 0,33 %.Actuellement en pleine restructuration de son portail, Yahoo ! essaye d’enrichir son panel de services avec de grands noms du multimédia; dans cette optique, il s’est récemment adjoint les prestations de Spotify.Le 17 juillet 2012 à 10:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday

first_imgWASHINGTON — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recuperating in Germany after being released from five years of Taliban captivity, is scheduled to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas on Friday, a defense official said.The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke and to spend an undetermined period there in further recuperation.Officials have kept a lid on details of Bergdahl’s condition and his travel plans out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight after a lengthy period in captivity and amid a public uproar over the circumstances of his capture and release.Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since June 1.He was deployed in eastern Afghanistan when he disappeared in June 2009.Many have criticized the Obama administration for agreeing to release five Taliban prisoners from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl. Some of Bergdahl’s former Army colleagues have accused him of deserting his post.Republicans and Democrats questioned the wisdom of releasing the five Taliban members, saying they could return to the battlefield. Administration officials have told Congress that four of the five Taliban officials will likely rejoin the fight.last_img read more

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White Papers turn a weapon in war between YSRCP Opposition

first_imgAmaravati: While the White Paper is defined chiefly as a government report or document intended to give information or proposals on an issue to the people, in Andhra Pradesh, they have largely become a handy tool to show political rivals in poor light. This has been proved once again by the vast difference in figures in the two White Papers, both pertaining to the same period, published by the state government in a span of eight months on industrial sector in the state. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us While the first paper was brought out by the TDP government, the second one was unveiled by the YSRCP government on August 21. The then Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu released a White Paper on the industrial sector during his tenure from 2014 to 2019, just before going for the general elections on December 31, 2018. Now, the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government released another White Paper on the same subject, completely contradicting the facts and figures announced by the previous government. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us While the TDP government claimed that they had created lakhs of jobs in industrial sector during the tenure of Chandrababu Naidu, the YSRCP government contended that there were only a few thousand jobs generated in the same period. The Jagan government stated that currently, there are 201 large and mega units which have gone into commercial production in the state. Out of these 201 units, 173 have furnished the realised employment figures. Advertise With Us The percentage of realised employment when compared to the committed employment is only 46. It explained that the committed employment was 1,01,809, but realised employment was only 46,836 employment, which accounts for just 46 per cent. On the other hand, TDP government in its white paper claimed that 810 large and mega projects had gone into production with a committed investment of Rs 1.77 lakh crore and generated 2.51 lakh employment. At that time, Chandrababu Naidu hoped that additional 7.66 lakh employment would be generated once the 1,211 large projects which are under process are grounded. The huge gap between the statistics of employment, number of projects grounded and the investment in the two White Papers is conspicuous. The irony is both papers are prepared by the same department of industries and commerce, but under the different political dispensation. Begging to differ with the White Paper released by the YSRCP government, former minister and TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh told The Hans India that the Jagan government itself had said in the Legislative Council in the recently-concluded budget session that the previous government generated more than 2 lakh jobs and the projects which were in the pipeline would also generate more than 7 lakh employment. He further added that as a whole, the government acknowledged in Assembly that projects with nearly 9 lakh employment potential were in various stages. When asked about the differences in the two White Papers, Rajat Bhargav, principal secretary, industries and commerce, said the government released a fresh White Paper because the figures in the previous paper do not reflect the reality. He said that the previous paper contained unfulfilled employment numbers too, which created a confusion. He stated that this fresh white paper is based on the actual employment provided in the newly-established companies from 2014 to 2019.last_img read more

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Politics Aside The NRA Convention Is About Business

first_img Share HADY MAWAJDEH / KERA NEWSNational Rifle Association members tour the exhibit hall at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on Friday.More than 70,000 people are expected to come through the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center while the National Rifle Association’s convention is in town this week. The NRA bills itself as the largest celebration of the right to bear arms replete with speeches from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. But there’s another big focus of the event: commerce.Inside the sprawling exhibition hall, more than 800 vendors are spread out across more than 15 acres. Firearms take center stage, but there’s so much more — accessories, like scopes and holsters and carrying cases and gun safes. Then there are knife sellers and archery suppliers and outdoor gear makers. You can even buy bright pink, glittery pepper spray.“My dad would buy me the ugly pepper spray when I was in college,” said Andi Atteberry. “My mom and I were like, ‘Dad, this is not cute.’ We’d throw it in the junk drawer, forget about it.”Atteberry launched the pepper spray company Blingsting five years ago. The tagline: super sparkly safety stuff. It’s her first year with a booth at the NRA convention – and she says it’s better than any trade show she’s been to.“This audience is here to spend actual money.”CREDIT HADY MAWAJDEH / KERA NEWSA scene from inside the NRA’s exhibition hall at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Friday.Last year, 69 percent of NRA convention attendees spent more than a hundred bucks in the exhibition hall. And here’s the thing: You can’t actually buy firearms or ammunition here. Still, all gun and ammo manufacturers big and small are here.David Elrod from Conroe, Texas-based Aguila Ammunition says you’ve got to show up to talk about your products.“The hottest item right now is the mini-shell. It’s only an inch and three quarters long,” he said. “People love it for home defense.”With so much to see, you have to up your game to get attention. Aguila has comfy chairs and phone chargers to draw people in. Other booths blast videos with dramatic soundtracks and high production values. Then there are all the simulators or virtual reality setups for people to play with.At the Taylors and Company booth, old-timey-looking revolvers are on display with ornate decorative engraving and polished wood handles. Ashley Loy’s grandmother founded the company 30 years ago with a focus on historically accurate weapons.“They’re primarily made in Italy. They are available in a lot of finishes these days, a lot of calibers,” she said. “They’re really nice for a lot of different types of shooters: youth, guys, a lot of cowboy action shooters.”Nationwide, gun sales have been slumping lately. Some point to politics: When Barack Obama was president, gun sales spiked as collectors bought up high-power weapons in case they were banned. Now that Trump is in office, those concerns have largely dissipated, so the pressure’s off to buy.For Loy’s family company, though, sales have remained strong.“Obviously, you’ve seen some fluctuation with the times, especially with the more modern firearms – semi-automatics, that kind of thing,” she said. “But our product really stands the test of time, just like it did in history.”CREDIT CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSCasey Lewis shows off the rifle his Virginia-based company, HiCaliber Manufacturing, customized to look like the Transformer Optimus Prime.Carey Lewis owns HiCaliber Manufacturing in Virginia, which will basically customize your gun to make it look cool. One of his display rifles is tricked out with a “Transformers” logo and “Optimus Prime” colors.Lewis waited for four years before he was able to get a booth at the NRA convention last year. He says it’s worth the wait to get face to face with tens of thousands of potential customers. And exhibiting at NRA convention, he says, gives you credibility among gun enthusiasts.“We’re a small business, yes. But I’m not doing this in my mom’s basement,” he said. “We’re legit and we’re here to take care of you and do whatever we can do to make your firearm be your own.”And for that, he says, he’ll come back year after year.last_img read more

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