Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed and another surrendered as security forces jointly launched an anti-militancy operation in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Sunday. One civilian also died and scores were injured in the clashes that followed the encounter.“Two terrorists, including ‘divisional commander’ Shakir Dar, were killed in the Kulgam operation. One surrendered with arms and ammunition before the security forces,” said Director-General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid.Dar had joined the LeT just two months ago. The second slain militant, Haider, is believed to be a foreign militant, said the police.The group was trapped by the joint party of the Army, CRPF and the police in a residential area of Chidder village in Qaimoh tehsil on Sunday afternoon.The encounter sparked a wave of clashes in Kulgam. A civilian, Yawar Ahmad Dar, a resident of Gasipora Wanpoh, was injured near the encounter site and was declared dead in the hospital. Hospital sources said the youth had suffered “firearm injury.”Many protesters were hospitalised after being hit by pellets and smoke shells fired by the security forces to contain the situation. Locals alleged that the security forces indulged in “damage to public property during the clashes.”The operation was the second major offensive of the security forces against the hiding militants since Governor’s rule was imposed on June 19 in J&K. On Friday, four Islamic State militants were killed in Anantnag.On the surrender of a local militant at the encounter site, a Srinagar-based Army spokesman said, “All local terrorists will be given an opportunity to surrender during the operation.”In a separate operation, two supporters of the Hizbul Mujahideen were arrested at a check point in Anantnag. “One live grenade was recovered from their possession,” said the spokesman.Injured youth diesAnother youth, Shahid Nazir Hajam from Anantnag’s Sirhama village, who sustained bullet injuries, died at the SKIMS hospital in Srinagar on Sunday. The killing of four Islamic State affiliates in Srigufwara on Friday had sparked protests, which left one civilian dead and over 20 injured.The separatists’ forum, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik on Sunday demanded an “impartial probe by UNHRC or by some international agency into the Machil encounter”, where three youth were killed on June 6.“They were killed in mysterious circumstances. We also demand for their burials as per religious rites but this was denied,” said a JRL spokesman.
Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s low-profile appearance Sunday night at Game 5 of the World Series came at a high-profile moment of his presidency. Yet he still drew loud boos and jeers when introduced to the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he discussed with Trump whether he’d like to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, but the president declined while citing the disruption that would cause fans getting to the ballpark.Washington Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner told the Washington Post that Trump should be at the game, but he made clear that he did not invite Trump to throw out the first pitch, saying there were many other candidates that should be considered before Trump.Jose Andrés, a prominent local restaurant owner and humanitarian, threw out the first pitch to a roaring, sustained ovation. He has a history with Trump, too, both in business and in politics.Andrés has repeatedly opposed Trump’s immigration policies and his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Four years ago, he withdrew from plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington following Trump’s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants during the presidential campaign. Legal action ensued and the dispute was settled in 2017. Trump appeared unfazed and continued waving. Later, some fans behind home plate held a sign reading “VETERANS FOR IMPEACHMENT”. Another banner appeared during the game: “IMPEACH TRUMP!”The president was on hand for seven innings before heading back to the White House. The Astros took a 3-2 series lead with a 7-1 victory in Game 5.President Donald Trump is introduced during the third inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Until Sunday night, Trump had yet to attend a major league game as president even though the White House is a few miles northwest of Nationals Park. A dozen or so congressional lawmakers accompanied the president, according to a list provided by the White House, including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and David Perdue Georgia.“I think everybody is excited,” Nationals star pitcher Stephen Strasburg said before the game. “It’s the president of the United States. So there’s obviously beefed-up security. So usually the dogs that are sniffing in our clubhouse are these nice Labs that are super friendly. And today there was a German shepherd that I didn’t really feel comfortable petting.”Nationals manager Dave Martinez said: “He’s coming to the game. He’s a fan. Hopefully he cheers for the Washington Nationals, and I hope he enjoys the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect Trump’s staff has long tried to shield him from events where he might be loudly booed or heckled, and he has rarely ventured into the neighborhoods of the heavily Democratic city. He won just over 4% of the vote in the District of Columbia in 2016. Astros owner apologizes to SI reporter, retracts statement MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wearing a dark suit and a tie, Trump arrived at Nationals Park just before the first pitch of the Houston Astros-Washington Nationals matchup. Hours earlier, he had announced that U.S. forces had assaulted the hiding place of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in the raid in northeast Syria.A military success against a most-wanted enemy of the U.S. and its allies could have provided the president a rare moment of bipartisan comity, especially amid a divisive impeachment inquiry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceTrump and first lady Melania Trump entered a lower-tier box to the left of home plate as the game got underway. At that point his presence wasn’t formally announced, but baseball fans in the section just below Trump’s suite turned to look toward the box as he arrived. Some waved at the president as he smiled and gave a thumbs-up.At the end of the third inning, ballpark video screens carried a salute to U.S. service members that drew cheers throughout the stadium. When the video cut to Trump and his entourage and the loudspeakers announced the Trumps, cheers abruptly turned into a torrent of boos and heckling. Chants of “Lock him up!” broke out in some sections. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man
New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes he is getting his message across to the players following their 2-1 victory over Barcelona in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.Chelsea’s record goalscorer, who returned to the Premier League club as manager on July 4, said that the work his coaching staff and players were putting in on the training ground was beginning to pay dividends.It has been good on pitch and off pitch, Lampard said in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Tuesday.Particularly today, I saw a lot of signs from the work we have done, which is really good for me.There is more work to day but it has been a good trip.Chelsea were much improved from their display against Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale, who beat them 1-0 on Friday, with Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley on the scoresheet.Striker Abraham pounced on some unusually slack play from Barca’s Sergio Busquets to open the scoring after 34 minutes and midfielder Barkley added the second goal nine minutes from time with a shot from the edge of the box.Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic got a stunning consolation in added time for Ernesto Valverde’s side earning the biggest cheer of the night but Lampard was the happier of the two managers.Chelsea strikers Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi came on in the second half and Lampard was happy with all three of the options he has upfront this season.There is competition, he said. People keep on talking about it but they all need to rise to the competition and show they can be strikers for Chelsea. I have full confidence in them.advertisementTRANSFER BANLampard is stuck with those three striking options due to a FIFA transfer ban imposed on the London club.However, Chelsea have been able to add Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic permanently to their squad since he was on loan at Stamford Bridge last season and Lampard reserved his highest praise for the former Real Madrid man.(Kovacic is) an incredible talent on the ball and I want to work with him and I want to help him improve and improve, said Lampard, who scored 211 goals from midfield for Chelsea.There is so much talent there. I really like him and he was outstanding today. I really am pleased.Whilst it was Chelsea’s fourth game of pre-season, it was Barcelona’s first and, without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack, as they recover from the Copa America, it showed.French forward Antoine Griezmann, a recent recruit from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, was bright during his first 45 minutes in a Barca shirt and Valverde was impressed.He is doing well within the team and it is true that whenever he has the ball then he is really dangerous against the other team, he said.It is true that he has many ideas on how to use the ball and we hope that he continues this way.But it is the first game and he needs to learn how Barcelona play, our style and how we dominate.Barca face Japanese side Vissel Kobe, and their former players Andres Iniesta and David Villa, on Saturday.Also See:
Arsenal Mkhitaryan excited by Arsenal link up with ‘assist king’ Ozil Chris Burton 16:30 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Mesut Özil Premier League The Gunners may have lost Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, but they have acquired another creative influence to add to their playmaking ranks Henrikh Mkhitaryan is looking forward to getting started at Arsenal and linking up with “assist king” Mesut Ozil.The Gunners new boy was unable to make his debut during a midweek Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea having already graced the competition with Manchester United this season.He was, however, an interested spectator as Arsene Wenger’s side secured a 2-1 victory over their London rivals to book another day out at Wembley and a shot at major silverware. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While Mkhitaryan will play no part in that quest, he is in a position to aid another push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and is excited about joining the ranks of playmaking talent at Emirates Stadium.He told Arsenal Player: “Here at Arsenal I know that lots of players move a lot and it’s incredible the way [the team] plays. I will do my best to assist them as well.”I think it will be really fun to play alongside Ozil. Everyone knows he’s a fantastic player, he’s an assist king! I look forward to it.”[I admire] his intelligence, the way that he can understand the game, reads the game, plus the way he gives pace to the game and of course his final decision.”World Cup winner Ozil has contributed another six assists to the Arsenal cause this season, having proved to be a reliable source of creativity throughout his time in north London.Mkhitaryan has also shown during his time in England that he can be a useful asset in that department.He provided five assists across all competitions for United last season, as he helped the Red Devils to three trophies, and opened the current campaign with a flurry of six opportunities created for grateful team-mates.With the likes of Ozil and Mkhitaryan at their disposal, Arsenal now need to ensure that they have the necessary firepower to make the most of the chances which come their way.Alexandre Lacazette will be hoping to benefit from a bolstered supply line, while Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another prolific frontman who remains a top target during the current transfer window.
India Today Tech New DelhiJanuary 10, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 16:09 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe phone succeeds the Lenovo Z5 Pro which was launched last year.Geekbench scorecard shows that the phone has scored 3284 in single-core test.Lenovo launched the Z5 Pro GT smartphone last month in China.Lenovo launched the Z5 Pro GT smartphone last month in China and now the phone has appeared on the Geekbench website. The scorecard reveals that the device tested is the Lenovo L78032 with 6GB RAM. This is in contrast with the official specs given by the company that reveal an 8GB RAM and 12GB RAM variants of the phone.Moving on, the score sheet shows the phone with an octa-core Qualcomm processor running Android 9.0 Pie with Lenovo’s ZUI 10.0 skin on top. The phone succeeds the Lenovo Z5 Pro which was launched last year. The Geekbench scorecard shows that the phone has scored 3284 in single-core test and 10237 in multi-core test. The phone, as already announced by the company, is powered by Snapdragon 855.The Z5 Pro GT will sport a 6.4-inch OLED screen with an aspect ratio of an 19.5:9. There are no bezels, punch-hole or notch at the top of the screen so the display take up to 95.06 percent of the front offering a true edge-to-edge display. It has sliding display which hides two front cameras. The back panel of the phone is built of glass and uses six double helix springs for sliding.The 12GB RAM variant of the phone comes with up to 512GB of storage. The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT not only becomes the first phone to come with 12 GB RAM but also the first commercial phone to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 based on 7nm process.Camera-wise, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT comes with a combination of 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor + 24MP Sony IMX576 sensor dual cameras on the back and 16MP + 8MP(infrafred) cameras on the front along with infrared sensor, infrared light, proximity sensor and IR face recognition technology that can detect a face even in low light conditions. The dual SIM phone is backed by a 3,350mAh battery.advertisementThe company at the China launch event revealed that the phone scored 368,480 in the Antutu benchmark test which is more than even the iPhone XS which is powered by A12 Bionic chipset.ALSO READ | Lenovo Z5 Pro GT smartphone has 12GB RAM. Hey RAM!ALSO READ | Lenovo Z5s launched with triple cameras, Z5 Pro gets Snapdragon 855, 12GB RAM in 2019ALSO READ | Redmi Note 5 Pro, OnePlus 6T and more: These are best phones launched in 2018, see if you use one of themGet 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 byPriya Pathak Tags :Follow LenovoFollow Lenovo phoneFollow Bezel-less phoneFollow android Lenovo Z5 Pro GT to come in 6GB, 8GB and 12GB RAM variants, suggests Geekbench listingLenovo launched the Z5 Pro GT smartphone last month in China and now the phone has appeared on the Geekbench website.advertisement
Next 2019 Ford Endeavour revealed ahead of official launch on February 22There were already rumours that the front portion of the 2019 Endeavour will get some tweaks and these have been justified by the minor cosmetic changes in the facelift in the form of a refurbished grille and bumper.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 14:03 IST 2019 Ford EndeavourHIGHLIGHTSThe 2019 Ford Endeavour will sport 18-inch alloy wheels.The facelift will get fresh upholstery.It will be available in a manual variant as well.Ford Endeavour facelift is all set to be introduced in India on February 22. Ahead of the launch, the company has officially revealed the 2019 version of the premium SUV. It will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra Alturas G4.There were already rumours that the front portion of the 2019 Endeavour will get some tweaks and these have been justified by the minor cosmetic changes in the facelift in the form of a refurbished grille and bumper. Instead of the expected 20-inch alloy wheels, the SUV will sport 18-inch ones. On the inside, the company has given the vehicle more luxurious feel with fresh upholstery. It also gets keyless entry and a smart boot opening system.Presently, Ford Endeavour gets two diesel powertrain options — a 2.2-litre TDCi engine churning out 160 PS of power and 385 Nm of torque and a 3.2-litre TDCi mill good for 200 PS of power and 470 Nm of torque. Both the motors are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.The outgoing Endeavour is available in three variants — 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Trend, 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Titanium and 3.2-litre 4X4 AT Titanium. While Trend is priced at Rs 26.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), 4X2 Titanium comes in at Rs 31.07 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The top-end 4X4 Titanium costs Rs 33.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).The 2019 Endeavour will not have the Trend variant. It will only come in two trims — Titanium and Titanium+. The facelift will be powered by the same engines that are offered on the outgoing variant. One major update in the facelift is that the 2.2-litre variant will now be available with a manual gearbox, which was earlier discontinued in this model.advertisementFord has not revealed the prices of the 2019 Endeavour. While Fortuner is priced between Rs 27.58 lakh and Rs 33.28 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Alturas G4 costs Rs 26.95 lakh and Rs 29.95 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). Keeping the prices of these two SUVs in mind, one can imagine that Endeavour facelift will be offered at a very competitive cost.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: Five reasons why the compact SUV is popular among the buyersALSO READ | Skoda offers six-year warranty under Shield Plus initiative, applicable on Octavia and other modelsALSO READ | Hero MotoCorp installs combined braking system in Splendor+ and HF Deluxe i3SGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New SUV launchFollow New premium SUVFollow SUV faceliftFollow SUV updateFollow 2019 SUV launch
Airbnb for Everyone offers a whole slew of new tiers and perks for guests Close Quirky and cheap: No wonder HMD sells more Nokia dumb phones than smartphones What is AirBnb? What to know before becoming a guest or host Airbnb has been breathing down hotels’ necks for years as it gains ground on the incumbents of the hospitality industry. Now, the company has taken yet another step closer to becoming the lodging platform of choice for travelers around the world. Last week, the short-term rental company debuted a series of new features on its website in a new initiative called “Airbnb for everyone.” Its point? To prove that when it comes to booking your next stay, you probably get the same experience whether you opt for a traditional hotel or an Airbnb property.This is partially because you will now be able to use Airbnb to book rooms in boutique hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, turning Airbnb into, well, a hotel company. While the platform has long been known for renting out your neighbor’s apartment or your friend’s home for a few days at a time, Airbnb is now looking to expand its options even further (and begin stepping on the toes of hotels in a very real way).Further, Airbnb is adding a few new “tiers” of service, all in the name of making the platform more accessible. There is the new Airbnb Plus, which is an elite selection of properties that Airbnb representatives will have personally inspected and identified as top of the line. As Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky described at a launch event, these homes will be “insanely nice.”Airbnb Plus offers “guests looking for beautiful homes” and “exceptional hosts” a specially curated group of properties, though they are not necessarily more expensive. Chesky says the average price is still less than $250 a night, but that the homes and apartments will have a well-stocked kitchen, fast Wi-Fi, and comfortable bedding. Plus, folks who book an Airbnb Plus offering will have access to premium customer support, just in case something isn’t up to snuff.Also new is Beyond by Airbnb, which is the result of Airbnb’s acquisition of Luxury Retreats a little over a year ago. The homes in this tier are some of the fanciest Airbnb offers — if you’re looking for a villa or a mansion, this where you will want to go. In addition to these luxury accommodations, Beyond by Airbnb also offers guests unique “experiences,” though it’s unclear what those are. We’ll be able to find out this spring when Beyond launches.There is also a new Superguest program, which is similar to hotel loyalty offerings and is a play off of the existing Superhost program that gives preference to frequent and well-rated hosts on the platform. The potential benefits of being a Superguest might include lower prices on both rentals and transportation, or access to certain perks. For the time being, Superguest is launching in a trial phase for 10,000 folks over the summer and will be rolled out to everyone later in 2018.“Part of what we wanted to do with this launch, is reframe why people come to this platform,” Director of Engineering Surabhi Gupta said during the company’s launch event. “There are a bunch of guests that aren’t considering us today, they’ve written us off because they think, ‘Airbnb doesn’t have a product for me.’ We do believe that we have a product for a whole spectrum of travelers, but we haven’t made it easy for you as a guest to find those options.” Here’s a new take on smart apartments from Brilliant and ButterflyMX Sonos experiments with monthly rental option in the Netherlands Editors’ Recommendations Cloud gaming vs. console gaming: The pros and cons of each
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Liquor company Brown-Forman Corp. reported slightly higher second-quarter net income Wednesday on the strength of its American whiskey and tequila sales, but cautioned that it’s starting to feel the pinch from tariffs slapped on its spirits in key European markets.The Louisville, Kentucky-based company — best known for its Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey brand — said tariff-related inventory reductions shaved an estimated 2 percentage points off its underlying net sales growth in the three-month period.Brown-Forman, like other large spirits companies, stockpiled inventories in bracing for the effects of tariffs imposed in the European Union that targeted American whiskey and other U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum. In the first quarter, Brown-Forman estimated stockpiling contributed about two to three points of its underlying net sales growth.“While we are largely absorbing the tariff costs during fiscal 2019, we are confident in the long-term growth potential for our brands as we continue to build awareness with new consumers and increase our global distribution,” said COO Lawson Whiting, the company’s incoming CEO.Brown-Forman maintained its full fiscal-year earnings projection of $1.65 to $1.75 per share on projected underlying net sales growth of 6 per cent to 7 per cent. The earnings prediction assumes tariffs will remain in place the full fiscal year, it said.For the first half of its fiscal year, underlying net sales in developed international markets grew by 5 per cent, driven mainly by volume gains, the company said. But the tariff-related stockpiling momentum from the first quarter largely evaporated in the second quarter.“As anticipated, the developed international markets, and more specifically Europe, experienced substantial giveback during the second quarter associated with the first quarter’s wholesale and retail level tariff-related buy-ins, effectively reversing the incremental benefit from the first quarter,” Brown-Forman said in its earnings release.Foreign markets account for slightly more than half of Brown-Forman’s overall sales. EU countries represent slightly more than one-fourth of total sales.In the U.S., underlying net sales grew by 3 per cent in the first six months of the fiscal year, Brown-Forman said.Its Woodford Reserve bourbon brand was the biggest contributor to U.S. sales growth. Another growing bourbon brand, Old Forester, also posted a strong second-quarter performance, and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey sales in the U.S. also accelerated in the quarter, it said.Emerging overseas markets posted another round of strong growth in underlying net sales, the company said.Brown-Forman reported net income of $249 million, or 52 cents per share, for the quarter ended Oct. 31. That’s compared to $239 million, or 49 cents per share, a year ago. Quarterly net sales were essentially flat at $910 million.Brown-Forman shares have fallen 12 per cent since the beginning of the year. The stock has declined 5 per cent in the last 12 months.Among its brands, the entire Jack Daniel’s lineup had underlying net sales growth of 5 per cent for the first six months of the fiscal year, the company said. It reported 25 per cent underlying net sales growth for Woodford Reserve. Among its tequilas, Herradura was up 15 per cent and el Jimador rose 11 per cent.___A portion of this story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap ) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on BF.A at https://www.zacks.com/ap/BF.ABruce Schreiner, The Associated Press
Toronto’s black business leaders have met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss how the federal government can further help the city’s youth.Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri hosted the meeting on Saturday, as well as a practice for youth with some members of the playoff-bound basketball team.Joining in on the practice was Xavier Trudeau, the prime minister’s 11-year-old son.Ujiri says nearly a dozen prominent leaders in the black community expressed with Trudeau their concerns, struggles and successes.He later told 20 invited youth that they can succeed in life even if they don’t become professional athletes.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen says the black leaders talked about entrepreneurship and access to money for innovation and startups.Hussen says they also talked about an incubation system to help everyone, not just a few.The Canadian Press
Specifically, Mr. Annan says the country’s political instability has limited preliminary work on a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, which was to be prepared by the Haitian Government following a recommendation by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in September 1999. Once completed, the Paper will set out the conditions under which Haiti can access financing under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility, and obtain debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. The Paper is part of a multi-pronged approach to identify the country’s development priorities, along with the preparation of a UN Development Assistance Framework – a programming exercise based on a Common Country Assessment (CCA), which was prepared by some 200 people representing the main sectors of Haiti’s development partners. “The importance of the [Paper] goes without saying and requires as much participation as the CCA/UNDAF in order to strengthen international action by means of a homogeneous and complementary strategy,” the Secretary-General writes. Referring to a letter from Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in which he expressed the desire that the post of the Secretary-General’s Representative should be retained to facilitate dialogue between the political parties, the Secretary-General says he is currently engaged in consultations with various parties – in particular the Friends of Haiti (Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, United States and Venezuela) and the Organization of American States (OAS) – to assess the best way to respond to the request. Mr. Annan’s report came in response to a July 2000 request by the UN Economic and Social Council for updates on “steps taken by the Haitian Government, the United Nations system and the international community towards the elaboration of a long-term programme of support for Haiti and practical modalities for its implementation.”
“Efforts to undermine yesterday’s constitutional referendum demonstrate that there are actors that remain determined to derail the political process,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council, reporting that three UN peacekeepers were injured in cases of violence and intimidation in Bangui, the capital, and in Bria.“With only two weeks until the first round of (presidential) elections, time is of the essence to further contain such attempts by the spoilers. The entire international community must remain united in its uncompromising message rejecting any attempt to derail the political process from any quarter and to demonstrate that there will be consequences for those that seek to undermine the political process,” he said.“We must not allow attempts by a few, as demonstrated yesterday, to disrupt the hopes and aspirations of many for a successful electoral process that will return their country to constitutional order,” emphasized Mr. Ladsous.Voting has been extended today in places where it was impeded as the electoral calendar moves into high gear to complete the transition in CAR after more than two years of fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups. The first round of presidential and legislative elections is scheduled for 27 December.Mr. Ladsous said efforts to undermine the referendum by elements of both groups were reported in parts of Bangui and outside, although preventive steps by the UN integrated stabilization mission in CAR, known by the French acronym MINUSCA, allowed voting to proceed in at least some polling centres in Bangui and Bria, despite localized security incidents. In Birao, Bossangoa, Ndele and Kaga-Bandoro “spoilers resorted to violence and intimidation of voters and electoral staff thereby preventing the holding of the referendum despite the actions of MINUSCA,” he added. “Looking ahead, we must be reminded that as important as they are, these elections are not an end in themselves,” he stressed. “In order to truly address the root causes of the crisis, we will need to support the new Government in working in a spirit of unity, inclusivity and reconciliation.’ “To address these as well as other priorities such as the humanitarian situation or economic recovery, key to the stability of the country, the sustained support of this Council and key partners will be essential. The people of the Central African Republic who have experienced such tragedy for so long deserve nothing less,” he said.Mr. Ladsous highlighted the unprecedented registration of nearly two million voters, 95 per cent of the estimated electorate, demonstrating “the strong desire for change,” and vowed that MINUSCA and the UN system will continue technical, logistical and security support. He noted that Pope Francis’s visit to Bangui last month brought new hope for easing inter-communal tensions, citing the “remarkable image” of unity afforded by the Pope’s presence at a mosque, showing that religion is not at the heart of the country’s challenges.He pledged MINUSCA’s continued commitment to a “robust posture” to protect civilians and called for strong action to ensure that the perpetrators of serious human rights abuses are brought to justice.MINUSCA, set up in April 2014 to help restore stability peace after a breakdown of governmental authority, currently maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country.
New car registrations fall -6.4% in August to 76,433.AFV demand surges 58.3% as more motorists switch on to alternative powertrains.Year-to-date market holds steady, down -2.4%, with 1.64 million cars joining British roads in 2017.SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDThe UK new car market reported its fifth consecutive month of decline in August, according to figures published today by SMMT. Registrations fell -6.4%, after a record August in 2016.However, with more than 76,000 new cars registered, the performance still represents the third biggest August in 10 years.1 Year to date, the market remained broadly in line with expectations, down -2.4%, with 1,640,241 new cars joining British roads in the first eight months.Superminis and small family cars remained the most popular types in August, accounting for more than half (58.3%) of registrations. However, SUVs, larger family cars and executives were the only segments to grow, up 7.9%, 2.2% and 1.1% respectively.Meanwhile, more people chose to get behind the wheel of an alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) than ever before in the month, accounting for a 5.2% share of the market.2 Demand for petrol hybrid and pure electric battery powered cars increased substantially, up 74.9% and 62.5%, while plug-in hybrid registrations rose 38.5%. Conventional petrols grew 3.8% and diesels fell -21.3%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,August is typically a quiet month for the new car market as consumers and businesses delay purchases until the arrival of the new number plate in September. With the new 67-plate now available and a range of new models in showrooms, we anticipate the continuation of what are historically high levels of demand.NotesAugust 2016: 81,640; August 2015: 79,060; August 2007: 77,649The previous AFV record market share for August was 3.1% in 2016Download the press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The results of the sting caused alarm, with Newham Council demanding the Government urgently bring forward legislation to introduce a total ban on the sale of corrosive liquids to children, 5 Live reports.The Home Office told the programme, which aired the report on Sunday, that it was considering responses to its consultation on a proposal to ban sales of corrosive products to under-18s, and creating a new possession offence. A schoolgirl was able to buy bleach from London shops, despite retailers agreeing to prevent sales of corrosive substances to children amid a spate of acid attacks, an investigation has revealed.BBC’s 5 Live Investigates was present during an undercover sting led by Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police this week, in which a 14-year-old girl was able to buy bottles of household cleaning bleach from three out of five high street retailers in Newham.The London borough had been dubbed the “acid attack capital of Britain” in reports after Met Police figures showed it had the highest rates of attacks in the UK.The Government is currently reviewing the regulation of sales of corrosive substances.Retailers are currently being encouraged to sign up to voluntarily self-regulate sales of corrosive substances to minors.In Newham, 182 retailers reportedly signed up to a voluntary scheme preventing such sales shoppers aged under 21. Photo of Lauren Trent and Sophie Hall taken just hours before they were victims of the acid attack in the Mangle E8 nightclub in Dalston, east LondonCredit: Metropolitan Police 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. The programme also obtained new figures from 25 of 46 police forces asked for their data; showing acid attacks were three times higher in 2017 than in 2013 – with 646 attacks recorded in England and Wales last year.The majority of the attacks were recorded in London, with 464 incidents in 2017, followed by Greater Manchester, with 44.Met Police told 5 Live there was evidence of a reduction in the number of attacks during the second half of 2017, with last December recording as having the lowest monthly number since November 2015.
← Previous Story PSG Handball with 17.400.000 EUR to attack EHF CL title Next Story → VIDEO: Du Rietz saves “Lions” in Szeged – Routine Vardar win in Sweden 9.TVB Stuttgart4202104:1014 5.Fuchse Berlin330094:686 dkb bundesligaViktor Szilagyi 18.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten401390:1041 2.Kiel5401149:1168 6.Erlangen5302133:1366 Crisis of results of Bergischer HC, but first of all bunch of injuries, forced legendary Austrian playmaker Viktor Szilagyi to come back on the court once again, and he did it in a classy way! Experienced playmaker, director of the “Lions”, couldn’t watch struggling of his players, and netted seven goals in important first season win in Wetzlar 22:20.Here are the results of DKB BUndesliga matches on Saturday:VfL Gummersbach – SC Magdeburg 30:27 (17:16)VfL Gummersbach: Ernst (8), Kühn (5), Schmidt (4), Schröder (3), Schroter (3), Schindler (2), Von Gruchalla (2), Bult (2), Pevnov (1)SC Magdeburg: Weber (9/2), Musche (5), Grafenhorst (4), Damgaard (4), Zelenovic (2), Lemke (2), Christiansen (1)HSG Wetzlar – Bergischer HC 20:22 (9:8)HSG Wetzlar: Weber (7/6), Kohlbacher (5), Berggren (3), Klesniks (2), Mirkulovski (1), Björnsen (1), Kneer (1) Bergischer HC: Szilagyi (7), Thor Gunnarsson (4), Oelze (4/2), Babak (3), Artmann (2), Vilovski (1), Hoße (1)FA Göppingen – HC Erlangen 22:24 (13:12)FA Göppingen: Fontaine (7), Pfahl (4), Schöngarth (3), Barud (2), Schiller (2/2), Halén (2), Kaufmann (2)HC Erlangen: Theilinger (6), Rahmel (4/1), Stranovsky (4/1), Thümmler (4/1), Haaß (3), Horak (2), Link (1)STANDINGS: 1.Flensburg-H.5500146:11010 14.Minden5113124:1513 8.Leipzig5212131:1235 10.HSG Wetzlar5203118:1214 13.SC Magdeburg5113125:1273 7.Hannover-Burgdorf5302125:1346 4.Gummersbach5401149:1308 16.Coburg 20005104124:1472 15.MT Melsungen5104128:1412 11.Lemgo5203130:1424 3.Rhein-Neckar5401132:1108 12.Goppingen5203127:1394 17.Bergischer5104112:1412
Short URL 13,963 Views Image: Apaydin Alain/PA https://jrnl.ie/3344202 THE TWO FRONTRUNNES in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, are staging rival rallies in Paris today, seeking to stay ahead of a fast-chasing pack just days before the vote.After weeks of twists and turns, the unpredictable race has narrowed dramatically, with surveys suggesting four candidates are in contention to win one of the top two spots in the 23 April vote and progress to the run-off election a fortnight later.Scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon and radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon are steaming up behind the two frontrunners, and with around one in three of the French electorate still undecided, candidates are scrapping for every vote.Le Pen and Macron, who have both scored as high as 25 percent in voter surveys, stood at 22 percent in the latest IPSOS poll, while Melenchon has surged to 20 percent and Fillon stands at 19.EU ‘protected us’ Melenchon’s late surge – and the possibility he could square off against Le Pen in the 7 May decider – has sparked alarm over the future of the EU, as both candidates advocate withdrawing from the bloc for different reasons. Presidential election candidate for the leftist coalition La France Insoumise Jean-Luc Melenchon. Source: Rondeau Pascal/ABACAOutgoing President Francois Hollande weighed in on Saturday, saying Europe has “protected us against war” in the decades since World War II.“Let us preserve it instead of scapegoating it,” he said at a World War I centenary event in northern France.Macron plans his biggest rally yet at the Bercy sports and concert hall, a venue with a capacity of 20,000.The location near the economy ministry serves as a reminder that the relatively inexperienced Macron held the key economy portfolio for two years under his mentor Hollande.The 39-year-old former Rothschild banker quit the Socialist government last year to form his “En Marche” (“On the Move”) party and launch his bid for power as a candidate “neither of the left nor of the right”. French centrist presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron. Source: ERIC FEFERBERGEnMarche says it has planned “1,000 events a day” including 163 public rallies until the official end of campaigning at midnight on Friday.An aide to Macron said he would use Monday’s event to hit back at Le Pen’s accusation he is soft on Islamists.“With Mr Macron, it would be Islamism on the move,” Le Pen, 48, said on Saturday in response to revelations that one of Macron’s top campaigners had criticised the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.Le Pen’s own rally will be at the 6,000-capacity Zenith concert hall in northeast Paris, with activists saying they plan protests outside the venue.A protest is also expected in the southern port of Marseille on Wednesday where Le Pen plans another large rally.Canal cruise Melenchon, 65, plans a quirky event that will see him board a barge in a northeast suburb of the French capital and float down a canal, making five stops along the way to meet and greet supporters.The voyage lasting more than five hours will end up at the Francois Mitterrand Library, a nod to the Socialist leader of the 1980s and early 1990s whom Melenchon references frequently in his stump speech as an icon of the left.The founder of “La France Insoumise” (“Unbowed France”) plans another form of multiple appearances on Tuesday, where he will hold a rally in central Dijon while his hologram will speak for him in six other cities.For his part Fillon, dogged by a fake jobs scandal that has seen him charged with abuse of public funds, is vowing to pull off a victory that will “surprise the microcosm” arrayed against him. French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon Source: Claude Paris/PAHe believes a small coterie of detractors mounted a campaign to smear him with the revelations that he put his wife Penelope on the public payroll with jobs that earned her hundreds of thousands of euros (dollars).Fillon, who led the race for weeks before the scandal broke in late January, spent Easter weekend wooing the Catholic and conservative vote.Conspicuous by his absence at the height of the scandal, the 63-year-old former prime minister has revved up his campaign appearances in the past week.- © AFP 2017.Read: ‘Serious mistake’: Le Pen under fire after saying French state did not round up Jews during WW2> 146 Comments Monday 17 Apr 2017, 2:45 PM Apr 17th 2017, 2:45 PM Image: Apaydin Alain/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Latest poll has Le Pen and Macron head-to-head in French presidential race The two frontrunners are staging rival rallies today in Paris. Share Tweet Email By AFP
TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 May 2015 – Haiti will not agree to terms laid out by the British and the Turks and Caicos Islands and so a Memorandum of Understanding is not signed and sounds as if one may never be… well at least not in the near future. Minister for Border Control and Labour, Hon DonHue Gardiner confirmed this in the House of Assembly this week and while the Minister would not agree that talks have broken down with Haiti, he did say this.“Having made the best endeavors to reach certain accommodations with the Government in Port Au Prince (Haiti), and having experienced several shifting of the goal posts as and when agreements were thought to have been reached we have – and certainly – this Minister has taken the view that it is unlikely; because no agreement is better than a bad agreement. It is unlikely that we will come to any accommodations with the government in Port Au Prince.”At least two Governors have been involved in this negotiation to get the MOU signed, meanwhile the country continues to spend over a million per year to repatriate Haitians who breach our borders illegally. All costs for towing, housing, feeding, treating and returning Haitians home are borne by TCIG; well except in the case if the Haitians are deceased. The Haitian government after a boat capsized in Christmas of 2013 repatriated the bodies of 17 of their countrymen who died in that tragedy. Related Items:donhue gardiner, haiti, MOU Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation
Related Items:national holiday 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – The 2016 list of Turks and Caicos public holidays is released. There are the usual 12 holidays but all together 14 days off are registered which includes an extended start to the final week of 2016, thanks to Christmas and Boxing Day holidays.See list from TCIG,LISTING OF SPECIAL DAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FOR 2016TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSNEW YEAR’S DAY JANUARY 1st FRIDAYCOMMONWEALTH DAY MARCH 14TH MONDAYGOOD FRIDAY MARCH 25TH FRIDAYEASTER MONDAY MARCH 28TH MONDAYNATIONAL HEROES DAY MAY 30TH MONDAYHER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S JUNE 13TH MONDAYOFFICIAL BIRTHDAYEMANCIPATION DAY AUGUST 1st MONDAYNATIONAL YOUTH DAY SEPTEMBER 30TH FRIDAYNATIONAL HERITAGE DAY* OCTOBER 10TH MONDAY(Formerly Columbus Day)NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING NOVEMBER 25th FRIDAYCHRISTMAS DAY DECEMBER 25th SUNDAY***OBSERVED DECEMBER 26TH MONDAYBOXING DAY DECEMBER 26th MONDAY***OBSERVED DECEMBER 27TH TUESDAYNOTE THESE CHANGES**AS OF 2014, OCTOBER WILL BE CELEBRATED AS NATIONAL HERITAGE MONTHRemembrance Day November 10International Human Rights Day December 10Please note that these are not public holidays.
See at Amazon Amazon Josh Miller Carrying stuff is the worst. And I don’t know about you, but my arms get tired carrying all my books, snacks, crayons and Disney Chapstick. (Don’t worry. CNET has verified that I am not an 11-year-old.) Backpacks have made a comeback in a big way, and it’s hard to go wrong with the classic Fjallraven Kanken. I cannot tell you how much easier traveling has been since I bought myself a backpack last year. See at Amazon See at Amazon See at Amazon See at Amazon As we get older, we learn the real truth. Socks are the best gift. However good quality socks can be pricey and not everyone feels comfortable spending that much on a single pair of socks. Most women need to wear no-show socks and most no-show socks are terrible. They always slip. Except Smartwool socks, which seem to have magical powers. I walked over 20,000 steps across Disneyland in Smartwool socks and they never slipped. Buy a pair for literally every single woman you know. This story was originally posted February 11, 2019.Survive Valentine’s Day 2019 on a limited budgetThe best dating sites for Valentine’s Day and beyond Amazon Tags I just want to be a fancy lady drinking my fancy cocktails. And maybe I won’t actually make any of them, but I will proudly display my cocktail books on my bar cart before making myself a basic vodka tonic. Plus cocktails and cocktail accessories are easy way to try out “themed” gift giving. Consider pairing a cocktail recipe book with a bottle of bitters, a muddler or a nice bottle of medium-shelf alcohol. (Or top shelf. You do you.) If she already has this one, the sequel — Gone with the Gin — is also a good choice. Warning! Do not buy your girlfriend a gigantic bean bag chair without at least somehow verifying that she has somewhere to put the darn thing! That said, bean bag chairs are so comfy and cozy. 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But if you are on a budget, check out Rick Broida’s Survive Valentine’s Day 2019 on a limited budget, which has some thoughtful alternatives that won’t break the bank. If you don’t know what to buy, opt for two small themed gifts one more expensive gift. Two gifts on theme (like a cocktail-making book and a bottle of alcohol) appear like you put more thought into the gift than just a single random one. Likewise, don’t think getting any one item below is the beginning and end of your gift journey. Know the one you’re with — and adjust accordingly. All women love flowers, chocolate and scented candles — except for all the ones who don’t. All women love long walks on the beach — except those who prefer to ski. All women hate video games — except the ones smoking you in Fortnite. You see what I’m saying: Make sure you customize your gift ideas to her, not to some generic stereotype. 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(CNET has also verified that I’m not a cat.) Amazon Dermal Face Masks: $11 for a 16-pack Funko Pop Game of Thrones Cersei: Under $10 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Amazon Lego Creator Mighty Dinosaurs: $12 Seville Classics Shoe Rack: $30 Smartwool Sleuth Socks: $10.36 per pair Share your voice Buying skincare for women is challenging because all humans have wildly differing skincare needs. If you opt for a variety pack, she can try different ones depending on her skincare preferences. These pair nicely with a good candle or bath products. Gadgets Culture Toys and Tabletop Games
Nazmul Islam, vice president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Kushtia district unit committed suicide, not murdered, claimed S M Mahedi Hasan, superintendent of Kushtia police on Thursday.The SP came up with the information at a press briefing at the district police lines in presence of Nazmul’s father Altaf Hossain, mother Nazma Khatun and wife Urmi Khatun.The SP said that Nazmul committed suicide as he had been suffering from severe depression.However, the police official did not reveal the reason behind his depression.Nazmul’s mother said, “After hearing the sound of shooting, I rushed to Nazmul’s room and found his bullet-hit body lying on the floor. Later, we concealed the arms found in the room. Nazmul’s newlywed wife was crying there beside the body.”Nazmul’s bullet-hit body was recovered from his house at Farazi Para in Haripur union of Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
Nusrat Jahan RafiThe chief of the probe panel formed by the Police Headquarters to look into whether there was any negligence on the part of police on Thursday said the arson attack on madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi could have been averted had the local administration and the madrasa governing body taken necessary measures about the 27 March sexual harassment.While talking to reporters after their two-day visit here, Deputy Inspector General (Police Headquarters) of police M Ruhul Amin also said they found the evidence of fault of former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Model police station Moazzem Hossain.He said investigation against the OC and other police officers is on and it will take some time to complete it.Mentioning that Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, had some bad track records and the managing committee was aware of those, the probe panel chief said, “This incident (Nusrat murder) would not have happened had they taken steps earlier.”He also said local politics is also a factor behind the incident. “Two councillors of a party formed human chains in favour and against the principal.”The five-member probe body visited the madrasa on Wednesday and Thursday, talked to its teachers, students, employees and guardians and took their opinions. They also talked to policemen and members of Nusrat Jahan Rafi.Meanwhile, another accused in the Nusrat murder case reportedly confessed before court here on Thursday to his involvement in the incident.Senior Judicial Magistrate Sharaf Uddin Ahmed recorded the confessional statement of Hafez Abdul Quader, a Fazil student of the madrasa who used to teach Quran to junior students, under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, said Chattogram divisional special police super of Police Bureau of Investigation M Iqbal.Quader told the court that he was one of the masterminds of the incident and guarded the main gate of the madrasa to ensure security of the killers on 6 April.Besides, a court here placed accused Mohammed Shamim on a five-day remand in the case.Senior judicial magistrate Sharaf Uddin Ahmed passed the order after inspector Shah Alam of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), also investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court seeking a seven-day remand.Meanwhile, another accused Abdur Rahim Sharif on Wednesday reportedly gave confessional statement in the murder case.The same judge recorded Sharif’s statement under section 164 from 3:30pm to 9:30pm.He confessed that the murder plan was finalised at a meeting attended by 12 people following an order by madrasa principal Sirajuddoula.They met the principal at the jail on 28 and 30 March. Later, they made the final plan at a meeting on 4 April in presence of 12 people. He was assigned to guard the gate while Nur Uddin and Abdul Quader were with him.Shahadat, Jubayer and Jaber went to the roof wearing burkas along with Kamrun Nahar Moni and Umme Sultana Popy, he said.Abdur Rahim was arrested from Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar area on Tuesday night.Earlier, two other accused Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain Shamim gave confessional statement in the case.A total 17 people have so far been arrested in the case. Among them, eight people are FIR (first information report) enlisted.Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa in Sonagazi upazila of Feni, was set ablaze on 6 April allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against principal Sirajuddoula of the madrasa for sexually harassing her last month.After fighting for her life for five days, the madrasa girl died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on 10 April.