10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watford

first_imgWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty felt they deserved their first victory of the Premier League season for the 2-0 win against Watford at Molineux.The wing-back broke the deadlock with 18 minutes on the clock.Doherty said, “It was a good win. I felt they had a lot of possession at times but didn’t really penetrate us that much, we defended really well and then went ahead.“The back three were immense today, all of them, especially Boly aside me, he just wins absolutely everything and takes it off people one-v-ones, nobody can get round him. It’s good that we were able to keep the clean sheet.“It was great to get the first league win, especially at home in front of another packed out crowd. It’s nice to get the first win on the board, even though it’s taken a bit longer than we would have expected.“This result has brought us a bit of relief, obviously we would’ve wanted it to come earlier than it has, because the longer that it doesn’t happen you start to get itchy. But I felt we played well today and thoroughly deserved to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoPenarol youth coach Goncalves delighted for Valverde over Real Madrid breakthrough

first_imgPenarol youth coach Goncalves delighted for Valverde over Real Madrid breakthroughby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePenarol youth coach Nestor Goncalves is delighted seeing Fede Valverde make an impact at Real Madrid.Goncalves is the son of Uruguayan great Tito Goncalves and coached Valverde at Penarol.He told AS: “A while ago I sent his mother a message from three years ago, where on that day I predicted her son’s present. He has no roof. “For some it will be a surprise, but for me it is not. What I expect from him I know is going to happen because that’s how it was.”His mother Doris always tells me that I was important to him and that fills me with enthusiasm. There is nothing more rewarding than continuing to maintain a friendship of so many years. They have sent me (Real coach Zinedine) Zidane’s statements about Fede and they are very happy.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

DSME Clinches 10 VLCC Orders in 2018

first_imgDaewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), one of the South Korean big three shipbuilders, has secured two more orders for very large crude carriers (VLCC).Undisclosed American shipowner is said to be behind the contract, being signed in anticipation of oil exports growth in the U.S.Under the terms of the deal, the duo, to be built at DSME’s Okpo shipyard in Geoje, is slated for delivery in the first quarter of 2020.With the latest contract DSME has managed to collect 10 VLCC orders so far this year, the company said.The Korean builder has been on a roll over the past few months, booking orders for high value-added vessels such as crude carriers, giant containerships and LNG carriers, which have driven the company’s financial recovery.The latest contract comes in less than a week from Korea Line’s order for a VLCC pair at DSME, which also reported an additional VLCC order from an unidentified European shipowner last week.The shipbuilder’s orderbook for this year stands at 19 ships, comprising eight LNG carriers, ten VLCC and one special-purpose vessel, totaling in USD 2.36 billion.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: DSMElast_img read more

Trudeau talks trade with Mexican president ahead of meeting with Pence in

first_imgLIMA, Peru – Two of the three political leaders with the most at stake at the NAFTA table huddled Friday behind closed doors, their most senior trade lieutenants alongside, in hopes of unlocking a mutually beneficial solution to the cross-border conundrum posed by U.S. President Donald Trump.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto gathered on the sidelines of a major international summit in Peru’s capital, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pulled out of the summit at the last minute, sending his deputy, C. J. Mahoney, in his place.The sit-down, the first face-to-face between the two leaders since November, comes at a critical time, with Canada, Mexico and the U.S. all looking for a breakthrough in the ongoing effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement — and Trump’s wild-card trade strategies doing little to clear the air.It was also a chance for Trudeau to take stock of Mexico’s position — and perhaps share strategies — before the prime minister heads into a meeting Saturday with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence.Pence is in Peru instead of Trump, who was originally scheduled to attend but decided against it at the last minute, ostensibly to deal with the American response to a chemical attack in Syria.Freeland described the conversation between Trudeau and Pena Nieto as “a good one,” even as she expressed optimism about the state of NAFTA negotiations, which are continuing in Washington this weekend.“Canada and Mexico found that we’re very much on the same page in believing that now is the moment to very, very intensely engage and to really enter a new stage, a new rhythm, a new level of negotiations,” she told reporters after the sitdown.The meeting between the Canadian and Mexican leaders came one day after U.S. officials indicated they were willing to soften their demands on autos, which Trump followed by warning that he was willing to renegotiate “forever.”Freeland refused to speculate on these apparently competing messages, even as she said all trade negotiations are subject to “moments of drama.”“There certainly have been moments of drama in the past,” she said of the NAFTA talks. “And I will make a prediction … there are more dramatic moments (coming) in the days to come. And we should not be distracted by those.”Trudeau’s meetings with Pena Nieto and Pence come as the three are attending the Summit of the Americas, which is held every four years and brings together leaders from across the Western Hemisphere.The prime minister started his day Friday by meeting Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, who served as Peru’s ambassador to Canada before the previous president was forced to resign over a scandal last month.Trudeau delivered a 10-minute address to business leaders from across the Americas encouraging them to invest in Canada, noting that the country has free trade agreements with dozens of countries around the world.Even as his government struggles to deal with a pipeline crisis at home, one that has forced him to return to Canada on Sunday before resuming his travels to Europe, Trudeau pitched his country as a great place to invest, telling hundreds of business leaders “that big things can get done in Canada.”More than half the countries with which Canada has free trade agreements are in the Americas, Trudeau said, and the hope is to add a deal with Latin America’s largest trading bloc, Mercosur, to that tally.“Even in this age where the value of trade is being questioned by some, we have successfully negotiated landmark agreements with Europe and with Asia,” Trudeau added – a not-so subtle dig at protectionists like Trump.The prime minister went on to emphasize Canada’s skilled labour force, low unemployment and debt-to-GDP ratio, recent federal investments in infrastructure and a new investment agency as proof that Canada is open for business.The message appeared well received, and Kenneth Frankel, president of the Canadian Council for the Americas, said the region offers a natural opportunity for Canada – particularly as it looks for a northern partner who isn’t Trump.Yet Siegfried Kiefer, president of Calgary-based engineering firm Atco Ltd., said Latin American leaders have told him they need massive new investments in infrastructure to grow their economies first.On that front, Canada’s own record on infrastructure and “national-interest projects” has room for improvement, Kiefer said, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which is at the centre of a fierce battle between the Alberta and B.C. governments.“The business community is generally looking for proof in the pudding,” he said.“The public unrest relative to some of these projects is really what you’re trying to deal with. And that in my mind deals with how do you gain the trust of the people of the country that you have looked at the merits of the project objectively.”Trudeau’s day also included hosting a lunch with representatives from the 15-country Caribbean Community, where he announced $25 million in new funding to help the region deal with natural disasters such as hurricanes.The prime minister also met with Chilean President Sebastien Pinera, who took office in March and whose country is an important political and trade partner with Canada.– Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had a typo in Siegfried Kiefer’s first name.last_img read more

The Latest Germany denies report Merkel offered May help

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):10:55 a.m.The German government is denying a British tabloid report claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered to help U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May get a better Brexit deal.Merkel’s office said The Sun had wrongly reported on the contents of a recent phone call between Merkel and May.The newspaper cited an unnamed senior British official claiming Merkel believed the European Union would provide more concessions to London after Tuesday’s vote in the U.K. Parliament.In a statement, Merkel’s office said she “gave no assurances whatsoever that went beyond what was discussed in the European Council in December and what was laid down in the letter from Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk.”British lawmakers are expected to reject the deal May negotiated with the EU, raising the prospect of the U.K. crashing out of the bloc at the end of March without a formal agreement.___9:35 a.m.British lawmakers are preparing to deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union after two years of political upheaval.Just 10 weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU, lawmakers vote late Tuesday on whether to accept the plan or risk leaving without an agreement on future relations with the bloc.May’s deal faces widespread opposition, primarily because of language designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which some fear will indefinitely tie Britain to the EU.Former education minister Nicky Morgan warned that the U.K. wasn’t ready for a no-deal Brexit, telling the BBC that “there are millions of people in this country watching Westminster and Parliament very anxiously today.”___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Presslast_img read more

SC cancels bail granted to exJharkhand minister Yogendra Sao

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled the bail of former Jharkhand minister Yogendra Sao, against whom several cases of rioting and instigating violence have been registered.A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde said it is satisfied that have been breach of bail conditions imposed on Sao in December 2017 as his “unauthorised presence” was found in Jharkhand. Sao had been directed to stay in Bhopal. The apex court comprising justices S A Nazeer and Indira Banerjee transferred the trial in 18 criminal cases against Sao and his MLA wife Nirmala Devi, an accused in similar cases, from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand to Ranchi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’However, the top court rejected the state government’s plea seeking cancellation of Devi’s bail, saying the deviations in bail conditions in her case were minor in nature. It refused to accept Devi’s prayer to allow her to stay in Patna instead of Bhopal. On January 21, the Jharkhand government had told the apex court that Sao was threatening an investigating officer posted in Barkagaon police station in Hazaribagh district and a case has been registered against him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe state government had asked for cancellation of Sao and Devi’s bail, saying they were not staying in Bhopal as directed by the top court and also did not attend trial court proceedings when they were in Jharkhand. On January 15, the apex court had asked Sao and his wife to explain on how many occasions they did not attend trial court proceedings despite being in the state. The top court had also asked the couple about the circumstances in which they were out of Bhopal, saying the exception granted to them was that they would enter Jharkhand only to attend trial court proceedings. Both Sao and Devi were granted bail on December 15, 2017, by the top court and they were directed to stay in Bhopal as a bail condition. They were allowed to visit Jharkhand only for court hearings under police protection after intimating Bhopal superintendent of police. The Jharkhand government has said that out of 260 days, Sao had been in Jharkhand for more than 150 days and hardly spent 25 days in Bhopal. It has claimed that Sao travelled out of Bhopal on 24 occasions, out of which he travelled to Delhi a dozen times. It has said that in 11 cases registered against Sao, charges were not framed by the trial judge as he did not appear before the court despite directions from the top court. It has said several criminal cases were pending against the couple. The cases are at various stages of trial, including at the level of framing of charges, where their presence is needed. The apex court had taken exception to the charge framing order passed by a court in Jharkhand through instant messaging application WhatsApp. It had wondered how this kind of a “joke” was allowed to happen in a court of law in India. A lower judge in Hazaribagh district had put Sao on trial by pronouncing the order framing charges against them through a WhatsApp call. Both Sao and Devi had challenged the order in apex court, saying the trial judge had on April 19 last year framed charges against them through a WhatsApp call despite they raising objections to it. The apex court took serious note of it and observed that this process cannot be allowed, and administration of justice cannot be allowed to be brought into disrepute. The couple had sought transfer of their cases from Jharkhand to New Delhi. Both Devi and Sao were accused in a case relating to violent clashes between villagers and police in 2016 in which four persons were killed. Sao was a minister in the Hemant Soren government in August 2013.last_img read more

Campaigning in Bengal to end a day early

first_imgNEW DELHI: In first such action in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.In a hurriedly-convened press conference, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said it was for the first time that such an action has been taken using constitutional powers of the poll panel. The Election Commission (EC) also ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya and Additional Director General, CID, Rajeev Kumar from their postings in West Bengal. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who is in charge of West Bengal, said Bhattacharya “stands relieved” from his current charge immediately, “for having interfered in the process of conducting elections” by directing the state chief electoral officer, which he was not supposed to. The state chief secretary will look after the charge of the home secretary. He said Rajeev Kumar has been attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs here and should report to his new assignment by 10.00 am Thursday. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Commission’s decision is “undemocratic” and it has “insulted the people of Bengal”. Calling the decision “unethical, unconstitutional, undemocratic and biased”, Mamata said, “On Thursday, Modi has two meetings in Bengal. When he finishes, the campaigning also ends… Instead of punishing Amit Shah, the Election Commission has given a gift to the BJP”. The decision came as the political fight between the BJP and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee escalated over the vandalizing of a statue of iconic 19th-century reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Both parties accused each other of inciting the violence and desecrating the statue. There was a barrage of claims and counter-claims where video clips are flying from both sides, the BJP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Amit Shah said Trinamool activists attacked his roadshow and it was Mamata Banerjee who had the Vidyasagar bust broken as part of a “conspiracy” to blame the BJP ahead of the last round of voting for the national election. Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien lobbed the allegation right back and called the BJP chief “Dhokabaaz”.He also complained to the Election Commission, submitted what he called video proof that the BJP was behind the vandalism. The bust was broken at the Vidyasagar College, which was on the route of the BJP president’s rally. “The gates were shut, our roadshow was outside, our workers were outside, the bust was inside a room, which would have presumably been locked. The keys must have been with the college management. How can we break the statue,” Amit Shah questioned at a press conference in Delhi, displaying three photographs. The BJP chief also claimed his party workers were far from the gate of the Vidyasagar College. The Trinamool, however, put out a video that shows workers – it says they were BJP supporters – climbing over the college railing and then rushing inside the campus. The video shows the group armed with stones and sticks. Students of the college said the gate was broken, unlike the BJP’s claim that it was intact. An emotional Derek O’Brien of Trinamool, speaking at what he called the “saddest press conference we have held”, said: “Amit Shah is a liar. We expect the media to make an assessment based on authentic videos.” The BJP chief in turn also accused the Election Commission of “double standards” for remaining a “mute spectator” to rigging and violation of the poll code in the state. Hitting back at TMC’s charge that the BJP was behind the violence, Shah said his party has been contesting elections in every state and is in power in 16, but it is only in West Bengal that violence is being seen.last_img read more

Bangladesh exPM Zia trapped between life and death BNP

first_imgDhaka: Jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death as her health has massively deteriorated over the last week due to unhealthy environment, according to her Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Demanding the immediate release of the 73-year-old three-time former prime minister, the BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar said that due to the loneliness and lack of proper treatment, Zia is suffering from various ailments including heart disease. She is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in Dhaka since February last year, serving a 10-year jail term in two graft cases. “Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death. Keeping Khaleda in jail, depriving her of bail, is contrary to the Constitution and human rights, since her conviction in any of the case had not been finally disposed off by the Supreme Court,” Sircar was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. The former parliament speaker asked the government to allow her to receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice. “The government had assured it would make proper arrangement for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, but not enough initiatives were taken yet. “It is a bad sign that they are not letting Zia out for treatment, even in this worsening condition,” Sircar said, adding that she is at a serious risk of sudden cardiac arrest. He also claimed that the cases against Zia are “politically motivated”. BNP Vice Chairman and one of Zia’s personal physicians AZM Zahid Hossain, said: “Zia is suffering from high blood sugar… and always needs to be on insulin. She has a sore tongue, which is not healing due to the high blood sugar. Her left shoulder and elbow joint have become insensitive. “According to her doctors, Zia is a special care patient. It is important to ensure all the facilities needed for her personal care”. The committee claimed that the government has decided to hold trials of the pending cases against her at Dhaka Central Jail in order to prevent her release from jail.last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest Issue 1 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between May 24, 2018 and May 30, 2018:Thursday, May 24NoneFriday, May 25NoneSaturday, May 26NoneSunday, May 27NoneMonday, May 28Aline C. Castro (54, Woburn) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle (Summons)Tuesday, May 29John H. Carroll (26, Peabody) — OUI Liquor; Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; and Marked Lanes Violation (Arrest)Wednesday, May 30None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Mini John Cooper Works GP gets shaken down at the Nurburgring

first_img Tags 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Share your voice More From Roadshow 39 Photos More about 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… The Mini John Cooper Works GP is almost ready for prime timecenter_img Mini Hatchbacks Performance Cars 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Mini Cooper… 1 Comment Enlarge ImageThere’ll be no mistaking this model for any other Mini. Mini Mini first introduced the John Cooper Works GP hot hatch by way of a wildly styled concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, as we approach its official debut, Mini wanted to show off its latest creation a little bit, so it went to the one place a proper performer can really stretch its legs — the Nurburgring Nordschleife.Mini this weekend showed off its John Cooper Works GP hatchback to the public for the first time. It was still clad in camouflage, mind you, but it nevertheless arrived at the Nurburgring as part of the 24-hour race this past weekend, and it cooked its way around the ‘Ring in less than 8 minutes, which is a huge leap forward from the last GP variant, which needed 8 minutes and 23 seconds to lap the Green Hell.While its Nurburgring lap time is new, Mini didn’t give out any more details that we didn’t already know. Its turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine will make in excess of 300 horsepower, but Mini hasn’t given an official output yet. It’ll be pretty easy to tell the GP apart from other John Cooper Works creations, because it’s rocking some crazy fender flares and a big ol’ wing out back. Only 3,000 models will be built, and it’s unclear how many are set aside for each market, so it’s likely that your home country will be getting far fewer than that total number.Mini first confirmed that it would build a new John Cooper Works GP model in late 2018. Since then, the automaker has been relatively mum about the vehicle, teasing only a bit of its rear wing and mentioning the estimated power output. We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more — a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch, but we’ll have to wait for Mini to confirm that. 1:30 Review • 2018 Mini JCW Hardtop: Small and sporty, but a bit too sharplast_img read more

Robert Mugabe under house arrest after army seizes power

first_imgPresident Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe attend a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare. ReutersZimbabwe’s military was in control of the country on Wednesday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest and his generals denied staging a coup.Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be slipping as armoured military vehicles blockaded parliament, soldiers took up positions at strategic points across Harare and senior soldiers commandeered state television to broadcast a late-night address.“The president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed,” Major General Sibusiso Moyo said late Tuesday.“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes… As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”Moyo added: “This is not a military takeover of government”.Their shock announcement was later followed by heavy gunfire close to the 93-year-old president’s private residence, and prompted angry responses from around the world.Mugabe later told South African President Jacob Zuma that he was effectively under house arrest—though unharmed. Several supporters of Mugabe and his wife Grace are reportedly in military custody.Pretoria said it would deploy a military and intelligence delegation to Harare to help broker a resolution to the crisis on behalf of southern Africa’s regional bloc.The Southern African Development Community said it would hold an emergency meeting in Botswana on Thursday to discuss the situation.South Africa, the European Union, the United Nations and Britain, Zimbabwe’s former colonial master, all called for restraint.Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson warned against handing power “from one unelected tyrant to the next”.Collision courseZimbabwe’s army was set on a collision course with Mugabe last week when the ailing leader abruptly fired his vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, a lynchpin of the country’s defence and security establishment.Mnangagwa, 75, was previously one of Mugabe’s most loyal lieutenants, having worked alongside him for decades, but he fled to South Africa following his dismissal and published a scathing five-page rebuke of Mugabe’s leadership and Grace’s political ambition.Army chief General Constantino Chiwenga gave an unprecedented press conference on Monday, flanked by dozens of officers, and warned Mugabe that he would intervene if he continued to purge the ruling ZANU-PF party of leaders like Mnangagwa.Mnangagwa has been embroiled in a long-running feud with Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, that included a bizarre alleged ice cream poisoning incident that laid bare the pair’s rivalry.Both were seen as leading contenders to replace Mugabe when he died or retired, but Mnangagwa had the tacit support of the armed forces which viewed Grace—a political novice—with derision.The ZANU-PF party on Tuesday accused Chiwenga of “treasonable conduct” for appearing to threaten Mugabe with a palace coup.Speculation has been rife in Harare that Mugabe had sought to remove Chiwenga, seen as an ally of Mnangagwa’s.The African Union, in a strongly worded statement, said the crisis “seems like a coup” and called on the military to pull back and respect the constitution.‘Need a fresh start’The military’s actions pose an existential threat to Mugabe’s regime which has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.On Wednesday, state television played liberation struggle songs, while many citizens in Harare shopped at markets, drove to work or queued outside banks despite the turmoil.“We want to have food on the table, not one side having everything and others dying of hunger. Mugabe was once a good person but he lost it. Now we need a fresh start,” Keresenzia Moyo, a 65-year-old housewife, told AFP in Harare.“What is good is that this has happened at the top and it is not affecting us people on the ground. People could be killing each other,” she said.Foreign embassies in Harare have told their citizens in the country to stay in doors and avoid political gatherings, warning that security forces could clamp down violently.Security officers at Harare airport deported several foreign journalists as they arrived in the country to report on the situation.Mugabe and his wife have made no public comment and their exact whereabouts are unknown, while government and army spokesmen have been unreachable.“The government’s silence on the military deployments seem to confirm that President Mugabe has lost control of the situation,” said Robert Besseling of the London-based EXX Africa risk consultancy.Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state, but his poor health and listless public performances fuelled the bitter succession battle between Grace and Mnangagwa.His lengthy rule has been defined by brutal repression of dissent, mass emigration, vote-rigging and financial ruin since land reforms in 2000.As the economy began to fail in the wake of the botched land redistribution, Zimbabwe was engulfed by hyperinflation and was forced to abandon its own currency in 2009 in favour of the US dollar. Unemployment now stands at more than 90 percent.Before the military’s shock intervention, Mugabe had declared his intention to contest presidential polls scheduled for next year.Grace Mugabe vocally pushed for her husband to stand as she became increasingly active in public life in what many see as a process to help her eventually take the top job.“I think the army are in negotiations with Mugabe and Mnangagwa,” Derek Matyszak, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, told AFP.“Mugabe reappoints Mnangagwa as vice president, briefly—Mugabe then retires,” he speculated.last_img read more

Concerns Surround New DC Sports Facility

first_imgPlans were presented Oct. 27 for a new sports facility for the Washington Wizards and Mystics on the campus of St. Elizabeths East. (Photo credit: dc.gov)Officials from Events DC, the District’s official tourism agency, and the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, presented plans Oct. 27 for a sports facility to be built on the campus of St. Elizabeths East at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center.“I am so excited about this project,” Mary Cuthbert, a longtime advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 8 and an outspoken advocate on behalf of the ward, said. “The Department of Transportation needs to come to us to explain some of the concerns we have about traffic but this great.”Taking the matter personally in the context of the facility, Cuthbert said “that if [the District government] don’t spend it [public funds] on me, they will spend it on someone else.”On Sept. 16, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and Ted Leonsis, the primary owner of the Washington Wizards and the Washington Mystics, announced the construction of a 5,000 seat arena on a parcel of St. Elizabeths East near the Congress Heights Metro Station. The facility will serve as a practice spot for both the Wizards and the Mystics and the Mystics’ arena for games as well as its headquarters.“This facility will serve as a catalyst to transform this area of town and this entire ward,” Randall Boe, the executive vice president and general counsel of Monumental Sports and Entertainment, said. Boe said that Monumental will create a $10 million community fund for Ward 8 residents, non-profits and businesses.The facility, set to open in 2018, will also serve as a venue for entertainment programs and other athletic and cultural events, such as music concerts, conventions and meetings.Greg O’Dell, the president of Events DC, said his agency will put $27 million into project and the District government has agreed to fund the project at $23 million. He said the sports facility is one major part of the re-development of St. Elizabeths East and his office is working with Catherine Buell, the executive director of St. Elizabeths East, to see that this project is in concert with the overall plan for the site.However, O’Dell made it clear that Ward 8 residents will have plenty of input. “This is why we are here tonight to get feedback from the community,” he said.Buell said St. Elizabeths East is on track to build an Innovation Hub that could be anchored by Microsoft and other high-tech companies. The hub would spur the creation of new technology-related businesses and jobs, to create economic opportunity at all skill levels for residents.  Additionally, Buell said plans for affordable housing and retail opportunities are still in the works.Brenda Jones, a civic activist in Ward 8, said she is thrilled the sports facility is coming to the east of the Anacostia River, but that O’Dell needs to take one more step. “I think you should make this presentation to the schools,” she said.Rosalind Styles, a Ward 8 entrepreneur, suggested that a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) be drafted by the community members on issues such as hiring ward residents and small business procurement and that it be presented to the developers of the facility. “Mary Cuthbert played a key role in drafting MOUs for the community’s benefit with D.C.’s Unified Communications System and the St. Elizabeths project and we should do the same with this,” Styles said. “We should put our hands and heads together to come up with a strategy for this.”Ward 8 businessman Phinis Jones said the facility will change the physical, business and cultural landscape of Ward 8.Some residents, such as We Act Radio co-founder Kymore Freeman, said the facility might not be a good fit for some ward residents. “I want this area of Congress Heights to be declared a ‘displacement zone’ before the arena is finished,” Freeman said. “We want a cap on property taxes for all existing Ward 7 and 8 businesses and we need a MOU to see that people will not be forced out of here because of this arena.”last_img read more

ITE dept to organise summit on Embedded Technology

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department will organise a summit on ‘Embedded Technology’ with various stakeholders from the state, industry and academia at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town on Friday.State IT&E minister Bratya Basu will address the programme, which will cover the industry, research and development and other perspectives for this cutting-edge technology.”Embedded technology has an intrinsic link with the electronic industry and the job potential in this area across the globe is immense. It will rise further in the days to come. So, we have to ensure that the young generation of Bengal is prepared to embrace this new technology,” a senior official of the state IT&E department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe official added that embedded technology exists in smartphones, gaming consoles and 3D printing and knowledge regarding the technology is being felt to a large extent.It may be mentioned that Additional Chief Secretary of IT&E department Debashis Sen recently visited Taipei on the occasion of Computex 2018 and has witnessed that the country is progressing by leaps and bounds in modern age technologies like embedded technology.”This technology is relatively new and so, people need to undergo training and skill development to be prepared for it,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee desires to build a hub for technology firms like Silicon Valley in the state and so, the state IT&E department is leaving no stones unturned to play a leading role in emerging IT technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Embedded Technology, Robotics, IOT etc.”Our vision is to move towards a decentralised and transparent ecosystem, where the government and every industry will be able to leverage benefits of these emerging technologies,” the official said.The keynote speaker at the workshop will be Amlan Chakrabarti, dean of Calcutta University, who will be speaking on “Reconfigurable Computing for Embedded Technologies.”The day-long summit will witness eminent speakers from various government and private agencies, along with the nodal officers from all departments, directorates and statutory bodies .last_img read more

NKDA to celebrate World Environment Day

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) will be celebrating the World Environment Day on June 5 in a unique manner to create a sense of environment awareness among the residents.”We will be organising plogging on early mornings at Eco Park in New Town. Plogging is a new environmentally conscious fitness trend, where people pick up rubbish while on a run. We will be giving prizes to the ones collecting the most trash,” a senior official of NKDA said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPlogging is a term coined in Sweden and according to a leading international daily, this exercise-meets-eco-friendly activity started there and has since spread across the world. The combination of jogging and picking up plastics and other waste material on the ground is a better exercise than just jogging, as one has to squat or bend in addition to running or walking. NKDA is also contemplating an ‘adda’ session on the electric bus of Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). The event will be held in association with the British Deputy High Commission. According to plans, this will start from NKDA corner in Eco Park, where recycled products created from wastes as well as washed and pressed dresses at very low prices are being sold for the young – not because they can’t afford new ones but because they care for the environment. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSenior officials of NKDA led by its chairman Debashis Sen held a meeting on Friday, to discuss the strategy of organising the two events on June 5. It may be mentioned that New Town already boasts of a number of sustainable and consumer-centric features like app-based cycles for the entire city, e-buses, solar PV on canals, advance machinery for road cleaning & solid waste management, public green & open spaces etc. It is India’s first green-rated satellite city and is a unique blend of ancient architectural practices and modern technological innovations.last_img read more

Broken Tech Should You Fix it or Replace it Infographic

first_imgSeptember 8, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Nothing lasts forever, gadgets included. Whether we accidentally spill liquid on them, drop them or they finally give in to wear and tear, in time and without question, all of our beloved electronics will eventually let us down, workplace devices included. So the question isn’t when will your gadget’s day of reckoning come, rather, it’s what will you do when it does? Will you suck it up and pay to fix it? Or will you ditch it and buy a new one?Deciding can be a tough nut to crack, especially if you’re too busy to crunch the repair vs. replace cost-benefit numbers. Instead, stick with this simple rule of thumb: If the expense of replacing the broken item is more than twice the cost of repairing it, it’s probably best to repair it, according to Lexicon Technologies, a technology maintenance company and the creator of the helpful infographic on the topic below.Tablet lovers, you’re in luck. Tablets are generally worth fixing if the cost of repairs doesn’t exceed $210, Lexicon reports. Replacing a broken tablet with a new one will likely cost you double, typically around $420. Is a new tablet really worth it? Probably not if you have to replace more than a few for butterfingered employees. (You know who you are.)Related: 6 Ways to Extend Your iPhone Batter Life After Updating to iOS 7.1Now for the biggie, the almighty smartphone. As satirical British street artist Banksy recently (and quite sinisterly) illustrated, we’re basically at peak smartphone addiction. Some of us even sleep with our cells more than we do our lovers. Should our precious phone croak, we (yours truly included) often fly into a panic and replace it straight away, without so much as budgeting or shopping around for a good deal and that’s no bueno. Why not? Repairing an ailing smartphone is typically a smarter money move than getting a new one. So much for that shiny, new iPhone 6, huh? The average price of replacing a smartphone is about $500 these days, whereas fixing one usually costs between $50 and $150.   Switching to bigger electronics now, it’s generally best to replace desktop computers, ideally every three to four years. On the other hand, laptops are generally more cost effective to repair, while desktop printers are cheap enough to simply replace when they kick the bucket.Related: Long Live Your Laptop BatteryFor detailed side-by-side repair vs. replace comparisons for all of the above mentioned electronics and more, check out the infographic below.  Click to Enlarge+Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring Your Company’s First IT Support Person Register Now »last_img read more

John Whittingdale UK culture secretary John Whitti

first_imgJohn WhittingdaleUK culture secretary John Whittingdale has appointed an eight-strong panel to advise the government ahead of UK pubcaster the BBC having its Charter renewed.The Charter outlines the scope of the BBC’s activities and the licence fee it can command the new panel will meet about six times a year to advise Whittingdale ahead of the new Charter being set.Former Channel 5 boss and now Yahoo senior VP, Dawn Airey is on the panel, alongside Ashley Highfield, the former BBC new media boss who now runs local media group Johnston Press.Collette Bowe, currently chairman of the Banking Standards Board and formerly chair of UK communications regulator Ofcom, will also be part of the advisory group.From the TV world, former Shine Group boss Alex Mahon and former ITN boss Stewart Purvis are also on board.The panel is completed by Arts Council boss Darren Henley, Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher and digital entrepreneur Lopa Patel.Whittingdale said: “Each member of the independent advisory group brings individual skills, experience and expertise. Together they will contribute to the oversight of the Government’s Review of the BBC Royal Charter. I look forward to working with them on this important issue.”The Department of Culture, Media and Sport released the news and noted that the panel members are not representing their current or previous employers. There has, however, been criticism that the group mostly comprises people who have often been at odds with elements of the BBC and the way it is funded and managed.The specified remit of the group is to provide “expertise, innovation and advice for the process and policy of the review of the BBC Royal Charter and Agreement.” This will be achieved, the DCMS said, by the panel using their personal expertise and experience to provide independent strategic advice in the run up to Charter renewal.last_img read more