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Squash pro body PSA blasts Ramachandran for failed Olympic bid

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) Launching a scathing attack on WSF President N Ramachandran, the Professional squash body PSA has described the Indian administrator as an “embarrassment to the sport”, besides blaming the world governing body for repeatedly failing to put up a successful Olympic bid. PSA CEO Alex Gough, speaking to PTI, confirmed that a 17-point document prepared by PSA with some National Federations was produced at the WSF AGM in Nice last week, blaming the governing body for the failed Olympic bid. After it lost out to wrestling for the 2020 Olympics two years ago, the Summer Games host Tokyo gave the sport another hope by shortlisting it among eight possible inclusions for 2020 before removing squash from the final five in September. The PSA document, first accessed by Squash Mad, states that Ramachandran, who is also heading the Indian Olympic Association, continuing as WSF chief is an embarrassment to the sport. “President Ramachandrans grip on the WSF has tightened, seemingly to an unprecedented degree. This has occurred simultaneously with the escalation of his well-publicised troubles as the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and inherent conflicts of interest, motions for Ramachandrans ouster as the leader of the IOA at a Special General Meeting, and a judgement against Ramachandran by the Indian courts stripping him of a 2011 award on the grounds that he did not meet any of the criteria necessary for the recognition. “Even if viewed in the best light with no presumption of misconduct, his present circumstances must be viewed at a minimum as a serious distraction from his role of representing the sport of squash, and certainly as an embarrassment to the sport during this important time,” the PSA claims in the document. It also holds the WSF responsible for not doing enough to win the Olympic bid. “During the last several decades, despite an increasingly successful professional tour and having made enormous strides in both broadcasting and presentation, squash has peaked in participation and public interest, and has been unsuccessful on several occasions in gaining entry as a sport into the Olympic Games.” Ramachandran, in his and WSFs defence, sent a note to all WSF member federations saying he did his best to make squash an Olympic sport. “On a general level, while my leadership style and these other matters have been brought up at the AGM I will simply reaffirm that I and my Board have done and shall continue to do nothing but our best for Squash. “However, I must emphasise that I recognise the criticisms and will do my best to respond to their intent and the wishes of members in the short time that remains for my Presidency,” said Ramachandran, whose current term ends next year. PTI BS AT BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Civic body seals hotel for not paying property tax

first_imgPune, Nov 5 (PTI) The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) today sealed a hotel here for not paying property tax of over Rs 16 crore between 2008 and 2016, a senior official said.According to the PMCs property tax department, Rs 16.28 core property tax has not been not paid by Orchid Hotel, owned by the Kamat Hotels group, since 2008.”Multiple notices and reminders were sent to the defaulters–Varadkant Srinivas Kamat and BW Highways Star–and they were asked to pay the dues but to no avail,” said PMC administrative officer Girish Patki.He said currently the civic body is running a scheme in which Rs 4.6 crore concession too was offered to the tax payers and they were allowed to pay Rs 11.67 crore, however, they remained non-responsive.”After all the efforts of recovery of the dues failed, we finally sealed the gates of the hotel this evening,” Patki added.Orchid Hotel was formerly known as BW Highway Star, and is a subsidiary of Kamat Hotels.A statement issued by Orchid this evening said, “The matter is between Maharashtra Sports Authority and PMC and we are wedged in between them. The matter is in court and since its sub-judice we wont be able to give further details. We are sure the matter will be resolved shortly”. PTI SPK NRB RCJ BSA SRElast_img read more

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AFC U23 Championships qualifiers: India to open campaign vs defending champions Uzbekistan

first_imgThere is no dearth of zeal within the new-look India U23 national team which has reached Tashkent amidst challenging climatic conditions for the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 qualifiers.”The conditions have not been ideal for us. But the boys have the potential to make the opportunity count,” head coach Derrick Pereira said.India will kick-off their campaign against hosts and defending champion Uzbekistan at the Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent on March 22. The match is scheduled at 5.30 pm (IST).India will play Tajikistan in their last Group F match on March 24.Pereira also mentioned the significance of the friendly against Qatar before coming to Tashkent. “We had a good competitive game against Qatar and the boys have learned a lot from the game. Hopefully, we can execute the lessons on the pitch,” he said.The team is bolstered by the presence of nine boys who had represented the nation in the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2017.”We, as a nation is on a rise right now. We are preparing for the future. We have a few players who played in the U17 World Cup, as well as a few senior players who played in the AFC Asian Cup this year. Collectively, we’re working together and we are up for the challenge,” Pereira said.Meanwhile, Uzbekistan head coach Ljubinko Drulovic said that his team’s intention is to finish at the top of the group.”We want to score as many goals as possible and win the matches. We want to finish the group at the top nonetheless,” he said.advertisementPereira said, “We know both of the matches are going to be very tough. But it is more to focus on our game rather than our opponents. We have information about our opponents. But we need to implement our strategy on the pitch.”India U23 National Team squad is as follows:GOALKEEPERS: Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Md. Nawaz.DEFENDERS: Narender, Nishu Kumar, Sarthak Golui, Gaurav Bora, Mehtab Singh, Anwar Ali, Asish Rai.MIDFIELDERS: Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul, Amarjit Singh, Rohit Kumar, Anirudh Thapa.FORWARDS: Komal Thatal, Rahul KP.last_img read more

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Education Minister Highlights Importance of Brain Builders Programme

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Brain Builders Programme, which is designed to ensure that the nation’s children get the best start, has so far “yielded brilliant results.” Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Brain Builders Programme, which is designed to ensure that the nation’s children get the best start, has so far “yielded brilliant results.”Making his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on February 1, Senator Reid disclosed that since the start of 2018, a total of 32 brain builder centres have been established.The Brain Builders Programme aims to reduce cognitive learning challenges among infants in the country. It is a framework for action in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, which starts from conception in the womb to age two years.Under this initiative, the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) will be responsible for establishing 126 Brain Builder centres across the island, with two in each constituency.Senator Reid said the Ministry will provide trained early childhood teachers; upgrade facilities as needed; provide furniture and equipment, resource materials and any other support required. “Furthermore, children will attend these centres at no cost,” he added.He further noted that the Ministry has also granted approval for those institutions that are part of the Brain Builders Programme to enrol children at age three months.“We are asking that our Members of Parliament review and submit to us the schools they would like to see become Brain Builder Centres in their constituencies as soon as possible. We have therefore given permission for Infant schools to be able to enrol children as early as age three years, instead of waiting for them to be three years and eight months,” he said.Senator Reid explained that the early childhood sector is being reformed into one that is focused on achieving optimal development for all children from birth to eight years.“The Government recognises that socialisation starts at the home, and any form of intervention is best directed from the very start,” he said.Senator Reid informed that that a record number of 140 early childhood institutions have been registered and certified, and the ECC has been carrying out inspections of these institutions.The ECC has also engaged in numerous partnerships with stakeholders from the public and private sectors to meet other initiatives, such as ‘ECC Pon Di Cawna’, ‘Read Across the Region’, a ‘Curfew Initiative’ and the establishment of libraries in schools.The State of the Nation Debate gives Senators the opportunity to address issues of national importance. It also gives Cabinet Ministers in the Senate an opportunity to address their portfolio responsibility, while highlighting government policies and programmes. The State of the Nation Debate gives Senators the opportunity to address issues of national importance. It also gives Cabinet Ministers in the Senate an opportunity to address their portfolio responsibility, while highlighting government policies and programmes. He further noted that the Ministry has also granted approval for those institutions that are part of the Brain Builders Programme to enrol children at age three months. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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JMU to Build NextGeneration EnergySaving Bulker for NYK

first_imgJapanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has concluded a contract with compatriot shipbuilder Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) for the construction of a next-generation energy-saving bulk carrier.To feature a length of 299.9 meters and a breadth of about 50 meters, the newbuild is scheduled for delivery in 2021.As informed, the 211,000 dwt ship is expected to transport raw materials for JFE Steel Corporation under a long-term charter contract between NYK and JFE Steel.The vessel, which will fly the flag of Panama, will be a Capesize bulker for trading iron ore and coking coal in and around the Pacific. The new energy-efficient scrubber-equipped vessel will not only be compliant with NOx emission regulations (Tier III) and the IMO SOx emission cap but will also have a larger cargo space than a conventional ship, leading to improved fuel economy, according to the company.The ship’s carbon dioxide emissions also meet the stricter Phase 2 Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) requirements entering into force in 2020.In addition, cargo hold corrosion resistant steel developed by JFE Steel will be used for the parts of the ship to improve corrosion resistance.With a total gross tonnage of 108,900 tons, the new eco ship will be able to reach a navigational speed of 14.5 knots.last_img read more

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For Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve art is simply suffering

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter He’s half-joking.Okay, maybe a quarter.Villeneuve is in Hungary finishing up the sequel to Blade Runner. Amongst a wide swath of science-fiction fans – design geeks, genre aesthetes, cheerful paranoiacs – it may be the most anticipated film in history. With his two upcoming films Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, millions around the world are set to engage with the Quebec director’s work in a way no other Canadian artist can claim.Earlier this week, Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve woke up in Budapest and thought once again of escape.“I would love to take a plane to Cuba and hide under Fidel Castro’s bed and they will not find me there,” Villeneuve says. “There are times where I’m struggling with panic.”last_img read more

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A musical version of The Grand Seduction What a fun thing to

first_imgLeaping into musical theatre wasn’t the most obvious step for Alan Doyle’s career, but when an offer to write songs for a stage adaptation of The Grand Seduction landed in his lap, he was instantly intrigued.The former Great Big Sea singer was asked to pen lyrics for a musical based on the 2013 Don McKellar film, itself a remake of the French-Canadian hit La Grande Seduction. Doyle felt navigating around an already established story based in Newfoundland and Labrador would be entirely new territory.“What a fun thing to do,” he says of the collaborative songwriting sessions that he likened to performing improvisational theatre. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Mary comes out. What does she sing? It needs to be something about the groceries.”READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hamid Chabat Benkiranes PJD Stole Moroccan Peoples Dreams

first_imgRabat- Secretary General of the Independence Party Hamid Chabat called Benkirane’s government of Benkirane “the Religion Dealers”, accusing them of stealing the dreams of the Moroccan people. Following criticism and a series of attacks against the government by the Independence Party, the party’s secretary general called the Justice and Development Party (PJD) “the religion dealers” while he was chairing the 5th Session of the Central Committee in Rabat.Chabat pointed his finger at the government, accusing the PJD of using the “Arab Spring” to take power and stealing the Moroccan people’s dreams, Assahah reported. According to the same source, Chabat claimed that the government is leading Moroccans to the “precipice.”Expanding on his theory, Chabat explained that the economic, social and political indexes give clear signs that Morocco’s situation is “worrying” and it will be “worse” in the future. In particular, the government diminishes  citizens’ ability to weather the economic crises by increasing the prices of staple goods.In this regard, Chabat accused the government of bowing to the orders of the financial institutions, “ignoring” the workers unions’ demands to increase staff wages, and increasing the prices of staple goods, including fuel and subsidized flour prices”. Chabat added that Morocco has become a “hostage” in the hands of international financial institutions, after the government strained the country’s resources with huge amounts of external loans. This has pushed Moroccans to “a precipice by causing a national economical crisis,” Chabat warned. The Secretary General of the Independence Party concluded that the Moroccan people still have the chance to take back their “stolen dreams” and hopes by following the “True Moroccan Spring” – referring his party’s campaign against the government – “that will continue until Moroccans take back their dreams.”Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Mawazine 2019 J Balvin Lartiste David Guetta to Kick off Festival

Rabat – Friday, June 21 is not only International Music Day but the opening night of the 18th annual Mawazine festival in Rabat. In honor of the event, Mawazine has some big names on the roster.Spanish singer Rosalia will be the first artist to take the “international” OLM Souissi stage. Rosalia is best known for taking a modern on urban twist on the age-old style of flamenco. Since releasing her debut album “Los Angeles” in 2017, Rosalia has garnered unprecedented praise on the global stage. She has collaborated with Pharrell Williams, James Blake, and reggaeton heavyweight J Balvin, as well as being nominated for Best New Artist at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2017. After Rosalia’s performance, reggaeton megastar J Balvin will take the stage. The Colombian-born singer entered the Latin music scene in 2009 and only continues to rise in fame a decade later.  This week, J Balvin topped Billboard’s Latin Airplay charts for the 13th time with his single, simply titled “Reggaeton.” J Balvin’s music videos, often featuring stars such as Selena Gomez and Cardi B, have amassed a whopping 11 billion views on YouTube.Read Also: 2019 Mawazine Festival Adds Marshmello, Maluma, Karol G to LineupOn Saturday, June 22, French-Moroccan hip hop artist Lartiste will perform. Lartiste combines rap, RnB, and dancehall styles for an original sound. His hit “Mafiosa” with Brazilian singer Carolina forms his fourth studio album, “Grandestino,” which reached number 2 on the French charts last year.After Lartiste, one of the biggest DJs of the century, French-born David Guetta, will take the OLM stage. Guetta began his DJ career in 1983 but made his big international breakthrough with his 2009 album “One Love” which featured Akon, Rihanna, and Kelly Rowland, among other stars. Since then, Guetta has sold over nine million albums and 30 million singles worldwide.Mawazine, a festival in Rabat with six venues, will take place from June 21 to June 29 and is organized by Maroc Cultures under the patronage of King Mohammed VI. Having drawn over 2.5 million attendees in recent years, Mawazine is the second largest music festival in the world, after Donauinselfest in Vienna, and the largest festival in Africa.The festival brings in artists from countries all over the world as well as highlighting local Moroccan musicians. Last year, the festival saw major international acts perform such as Martin Garrix, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi, and The Weeknd.The festival lists the democratization of culture in Morocco as one of its initiatives and provides free access to 90% of its shows each year. read more

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UN health team travels to western Côte dIvoire to review medical needs

19 April 2011A team of United Nations health experts have visited western Côte d’Ivoire in an effort to identify what needs to be done to improve access to health services, which were severely disrupted by the post-election conflict. The Moyen Cavally region was one of the worst affected areas with only 10 of 44 health centres now open and providing limited services, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, adding that all surgeons and gynaecologists fled, as well as most general practitioners and specialized nurses.“Those who stayed have not received salaries for three months,” Tarik Jasarevic, WHO spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva. “In the districts of Touslepleu and Blolequin, all health facilities have been looted and destroyed,” he added.The treatment of patients who require surgery has become difficult because two of four district hospitals remain closed and the other two have no sufficient capacity and lack ambulances, Mr. Jasarevic said.“Patients were left to find their own means of transportation for travelling to the nearest functioning referral structure, sometimes hundreds of kilometres away,” he added.He said that the WHO team had also visited the Catholic mission in the town of Duékoué, where more than 27,000 people who had fled from violence found refuge.Hygiene and sanitation conditions have deteriorated in the overcrowded compound, putting the internally displaced persons at risk of disease outbreaks, he said.Mr. Jasarevic said WHO and its partners have so far received only 28 per cent of the $6.5 million requested to address the health needs of those affected by the crisis inside Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring countries.Cote read more

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UNP invites SF to join alliance

The United National Party (UNP) today invited former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka to join the UNP led opposition alliance.UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told reporters at a media briefing today that an open invitation has been issued to Fonseka to join the alliance. He said that a similar invitation had been issued on an earlier occasion as well and the UNP working committee which met last evening had decided to invite him again. Fonseka contested the last Presidential election as a joint opposition candidate which was supported by the UNP.Rebel UNP members Sajith Premadasa, Sugeewa Senasinghe and Budhika Pathirana were among those who met Fonseka at the Nawaloka hospital yesterday soon after he was discharged. Attanayake said that the UNP would like Fonseka to join them as they look to agitate against the government over the rise in the cost of living and other issues. read more

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Chobani recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups in change of heart

Chobani recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups in change of heart after reports of illnesses by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2013 8:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Chobani says it’s recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mould, a move prompted by reports of illnesses by some customers.The recall comes about a week after the company first started asking retailers to pull the products from shelves, saying some cups were “swelling and bloating.” Chobani had previously said it wasn’t issuing a formal recall.But the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it was in talks with the company about the matter.Chobani said that most of the affected products have already been pulled from shelves. The company, based in New Berlin, N.Y., said the affected products came from its Idaho facility and represents less than 5 per cent of its total production.The containers are marked with the code 16-012 and expiration dates Sept. 11 to Oct. 7.In an interview, Chobani CEO Hamid Ulukaya said it was the company’s decision to move to a recall, not the FDA’s. He said the problem was caused by a type of mould that is commonly found in dairy environments. The issue has been “totally fixed,” he said, noting that the mould became a problem because Chobani doesn’t use preservatives in its products.Ulukaya did not say exactly how many reports of illnesses the company received, but said it was not in the hundreds or thousands.“Everybody in the company took this hard,” Ulukaya said. “It shook us up.”This week, the company was responding online to customers who were complaining about their yogurt. One person said her yogurt was “unnervingly fizzy” and another said it tasted like “wine.”The affected products include a number of different size containers:— Chobani 6 ounce cups— Chobani 16 ounce tubs— Chobani 32 ounce tubs— Chobani 3.5 ounce cups— Chobani Bite 3.5 ounce cups— Chobani Flip 5.3 ounce containers— Chobani Champions 3.5 ounce cups— Chobani Champions 2.25 ounce tubes____Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi read more

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UNICEF scales up emergency support to floodaffected Malawi

The floods have also destroyed crops and interrupted learning in over 20 schools in Mangochi, Phalombe and Nsanje districts, the agency stated in a news release. “Communities, government, NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and the UN are working together to avert a humanitarian disaster,” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF Country Representative in Malawi. “But the rains are persistent and we remain on high alert as the flooding spreads to other areas.”UNICEF noted that persistent rains have rendered roads inaccessible, hampering efforts to deliver much-needed aid such as food, emergency shelter and medical supplies. It has also compromised access to safe water, sanitation and overall hygiene in the affected communities.The agency is responding by providing communities with a combination of water, sanitation and hygiene-related supplies, including chlorine, soap, water purification chemicals, plastic sheeting for construction of temporary bathing and latrine shelters, as well as hygiene-awareness campaigns to prevent the risk of cholera.Learning in at least 20 locations has been disrupted because many displaced families have been using schools as shelters. UNICEF has provided school-in-a-box supplies to ensure that quality learning resumes in the affected primary schools.“Vital supplies are getting through to stricken communities,” said Mr. Mdoe. “But as UNICEF we remain vigilant, monitoring childhood diseases, ensuring schools are functional and that children go back to learning.” read more

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Latest on the Garth Brooks queuing situation around the country

first_img Source: @Daz21C THE WAIT IS almost over for Garth Brooks lovers queuing outside Ticketmaster outlets around the country.Some avid fans have been queuing for several days to attempt to secure tickets to his Dublin gigs this summer.They go on sale online and in person at 9am this morning for Brooks’ comeback shows on 25 and 26 Jul in Croke Park.Even though the process of buying tickets has moved almost exclusively online, these fans are still keeping it old school…Dublin (St Stephen’s Green) Source: Michael Freeman Source: Michael FreemanClareDungannon Source: DOWNTOWNCOOLFMNEWSCork Donegal Source: Chris AshmoreWexfordDerryNaas Source: @PetulaMartynGalway Source: @CuirtFestival LimerickTicketmaster has warned that purchasing will be limited to six tickets per person. Around 170,000 tickets will go on sale this morning, and are expected to sell out within minutes.Tuesday: People are already queuing for Garth Brooks tickets>16 emotions Garth Brooks fans will experience while trying to buy tickets online>last_img read more

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Point in time Workers count Clark Countys homeless

first_imgBefore sunrise on Thursday, Jamie Spinelli and Thomas Eaton headed into the woods in search of the homeless. The caseworkers from Community Services Northwest ventured down muddy trails along Burnt Bridge Creek, through blackberry brambles and under freeway overpasses in an effort to find and count people staying outside.“Don’t worry. We’re not the cops,” Eaton said as he approached the first person they found, a 54-year-old woman.She was bundled in a sleeping bag under a bridge, sitting next to a few belongings. She said she was homeless because her Social Security income wasn’t enough to afford rent. Yes, she said, she had been homeless before. Yes, she was alone.Spinelli inquired about her education level, veteran and disability status, and added the information on intake forms. Thursday was the annual Point-in-Time count, a single-day census of homeless people and a requirement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It’ll take months for the numbers to be finalized.At last year’s count, there were 692 homeless people, including 228 unsheltered people in Clark County. People in shelters are counted, too.Spinelli and Eaton handed the homeless woman a plastic bag of hygiene products and supplies, as well as a bus pass and a flier about Project Homeless Connect. The resource fair for the homeless was at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and a shuttle from the men’s homeless shelter could take her there.The fair was another opportunity to get a more accurate count of homeless people.The fact that the woman has income but is homeless is a commentary on local rents, Spinelli said. She told Spinelli that she used to live at Courtyard Village, where dozens of low-income tenants were given 20-day notices to vacate. The complex has since been renovated, renamed Parc Central, and rents were increased.last_img read more

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Armed thieves rob Family Dollar in North Miami order customers to ground

first_imgPolice are searching for two armed men who robbed a Family Dollar store filled with customers in North Miami, last week.According to police, surveillance video captured two armed robbers entering the Family Dollar near North Miami Avenue and 119th Street, on Aug. 16.One of the thieves then approached a clerk and demanded cash while the other thief ordered some of the customers and staff to the ground and searched their pockets for money.The armed men then fled the store.If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Sensex down 600 points this week on GST logjam looming US Fed

first_imgThe benchmark BSE S&P Sensex index has declined by nearly 600 points amid doubts over Parliament’s approval for key tax reform Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill and fears over interest rate hike in the US as early as next week.For the week ended 11 December, the Sensex closed at 25,044.43, down 593.68 points, while the 50-share Nifty declined by 171.45 points to end 7,610.45.The sell-off was also partly driven by falling commodity prices, with crude oil prices declining to seven-year lows. Weak commodity prices have weighed heavily on the share prices of mining companies.”Sharp selling pressure across the world markets ahead of US Fed policy, continued fall in commodity prices worldwide raising concerns over global slowdown, continued selling pressure by foreign portfolio investors, logjam of winter session of Parliament, losing hopes of passage of GST Bill and weakening of rupee against dollar has butchered the indices during the week,” The Finance Express quoted Gaurav Jain, director, Hem Securities, as saying.Investors who remained optimistic over the passage of GST bill in Rajya Sabha before the start of winter session of Parliament are now skeptical following the controversy over the National Herald case. Congress accused the Modi government of following a ‘political vendetta’ against the Gandhi family.The Delhi High Court has summoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi to appear before the court on 19 December on allegations of illegal acquisition of property worth Rs. 5,000 crore of the National Herald newspaper.Markets also remained under pressure ahead of the US Federal Reserve meeting next week. The US central bank, which meets on 15-16 December, is widely expected to raise interest rates for the first time in more than seven years. It is well known that such a move could lead heavy outflows from emerging markets including India.”The Federal Reserve will meet next week. The broad consensus is they will raise their policy rate for the first time since 2006. The pace of rate hikes is likely to be gradual. We expect the top-band for the federal funds rate to rise to 1.25% by the end of 2016,” said TD Economics in a note.Meanwhile, markets will also closely monitor the domestic data releases after the industrial activity showed a sharp improvement in October. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for October released on Friday showed that the industrial output surged 9.8% in the month, reaching its highest level since October 2010.Data for retail and wholesale price inflation for November will be released next week and analysts expect the retail inflation to come at over 5% due to increase in food prices.last_img read more

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BCL waits for Hasinas decision for new committee

first_imgbclThe central leadership of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League aka BCL is waiting for AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision on its new committee.BCL concluded its national council session on 12 May without forming a new committee as its central leadership and their guardians — AL leadership — failed to reach a consensus on it.Concluding the council session even without holding its final session, BCL leaders gathered at the adjacent Shahbagh intersection and announced that prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina will announce the committee later. Addressing the inaugural session of the BCL council session, AL president Sheikh Hasina asked the BCL leaders to make a consensus among them to elect its new leadership.She also said a ‘subject committee’ would sit the next day [12 May] in this regard. Party insiders said the ‘subject committee’ is usually comprised of former leaders of the student body to select the new leadership. But ever since there is no development with regard to the formation of the new committee, said BCL leaders.Prothom Alo talked to several vice presidents and joint secretaries of the student organisation but they said they, too, are unaware of any development in this regard.Read more: AL, BCL yet to agree on new committeeCouncil session is usually held to elect the new leadership of a party with the mandate of the party councillors.BCL leaders said Hasina is taking time ostensibly to scrutinise academic and family backgrounds of the candidates for the leadership so that no controversial person can get berth in the BCL committee as many in the central leadership were subject to criticism for their past records.Allegations have it that some of their central leadership have had backgrounds of doing politics with Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of controversial political party Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, in their early student-life.  Insiders said the main fear among the AL leadership in making a decision on the BCL new committee is lest any student leader with Shibir-background gets berth in the new committee.Talking to Prothom Alo, several candidates for the new committee have voiced their dismay at the way they are being stigmatised by their fellow activists, bringing various accusations against them on social networks particularly on Facebook. Terming it unprecedented, some candidates seeking anonymity told Prothom Alo that whoever is being highlighted as prospective candidates are being vilified in the social media and some less-known online news portals.“Though my father and uncle were involved directly in the liberation war of 1971, someone from a fake Facebook account posted that I’m from a family with an anti-liberation war ideology,” said a BCL leader.In last week alone, at least 40-50 candidates faced allegation of being involved in drug trades. Allegations levelled against them are: they are married and/or an infiltrator from opposition BNP’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal or Shibir.A total of 111 aspirants submitted their CVs for president posts and 212 others for general secretary post of BCL.Of them, the candidature of a total of 68 president aspirants and 171 general secretary aspirants stood valid as AL president Hasina restricted to 28 years as the age for the BCL leadership.Read more: Hasina’s announcement changes BCL leadership equationTalking to Prothom Alo, AL’s forest and environment affairs secretary and former BCL leader Delwar Hossain, who is in charge looking after the BCL affairs, said, “Nobody except Sheikh Hasina knows about the committee. But we can assume that she will declare it soon after assessing the past records of the candidates.”Dwelling on the vilification of rival candidates in the social media, Delwar said this type of campaigns would only cause harm to the party.Top posts of the student organisation of a ruling political party bear quite importance in the country’s political culture with the student body leadership having a strong influence in almost all of the affairs of the universities and colleges.Allegations have it that the leadership of the ruling party’s student wing often earns millions of taka through various means like controlling tendering process for the construction work in the educational institutions and forming new committees for different units.last_img read more

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Yakuza 6 Gets a Release Date and Fancy Collectors Edition

first_img PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive Stay on target Next year will see the release of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life in the West. Since this is the last game starring Kiryu Kazuma, Sega is giving Yakuza 6 the royal treatment.The game will get an After Hours Premium Edition. This version is for drinking aficionados (or alcoholics). It includes two bar glasses, two coasters, and two ice stones to keep beverages cool. All of that (plus the actual game) comes in a collectible outer box. Expect this edition to cost $90. If you pre-order the game, you’ll get a free hardcover art book which also acts as a disk holder. The standard edition costs $60.AdChoices广告Yakuza 6 was originally released in Japan last year. Built entirely on the PlayStation 4, it is the most technologically advanced entry in the series. Now, fights that begin in the streets can end inside of stores you throw opponents into. Like every Yakuza game, it has a deep and compelling story centering around Japan’s criminal underground. At the same time, it has a ton of silly side missions and recreational activities to balance out the main story’s seriousness. It has received positive reviews in Japan, and should be greeted the same once it releases in the West.Sega also released a brand-new trailer to celebrate today’s announcement. When Kiryu isn’t beating the holy hell out of bad guys, he’s taking care of babies, drinking with friends, and feeding a whole load of cats. The trailer also shows how great the game looks. It doesn’t give us much in the way of story, but it’s a nice teaser of what to expect.This is the final Yakuza starring Kiryu, but it won’t be the last entry in the series. Sega promises details about the future of Yakuza on August 26.Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 on March 20, 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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