Farooq hits out at BJP-ruled States

first_imgNational Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said changing the names of cities was an attempt to change the pluralistic visage of India and a premeditated attempt to deviate the attention of people from the developmental deficit across the country.“India is a mosaic of cultures and the contribution of Muslims cannot be belittled. Their contribution to the cultural pool of India is discernible in linguistics, crafts, food and other art forms,” he said in a statement.“Such attempts reveal the antipathy of the BJP-led State governments, including the incumbent Uttar Pradesh government, for academics and historical facts,” he alleged. India had historically been a point of convergence of different cultures and the names of various cities reflected its pluralistic culture, he said.last_img read more

Will Durkin be the next breakout American teen?

first_imgMLS Will D.C. United’s Chris Durkin be the next breakout American teenager in MLS? Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 22:08 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Chris Durkin MLS DC United 06132017 Brad Mills MLS DC United The 18-year-old midfielder is one of the best prospects in the U.S. youth national team setup, but he’s facing a tough battle for minutes American soccer players rarely used to make professional breakthroughs at age 18, but the standard for what is considered a young pro is changing quickly.Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams all enjoyed professional breakthroughs before they were 19, and now D.C. United midfielder and former U.S. Under-17 national team standout Chris Durkin is hoping to be the next American teenager to make that jump.”I think guys like Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic have set a standard, and I think it’s a standard I can achieve,” Durkin told Goal. “I know they have sacrificed a lot, and have immersed themselves completely in the culture, and I think more Americans can follow that path. 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 “It’s definitely inspiring and motivating, but I also know every player has their own path. Some people are going to start younger than others, but it’s for sure motivating to find minutes professionally.””Maybe because of Pulisic and some of the other guys really taking it to the next level at a young age that heightens expectations, not only with the media, but also with the players themselves,” D.C. United coach Ben Olsen told Goal.”Everybody’s path is different. I’ve always told this to homegrowns: Not everyone is Andy Najar and jumps on the field and plays,” Olsen continued. “Sometimes it takes more time to get on the field and become a key component on a team. Jalen [Robinson] is a little bit of a slow cooker with us. Every year he gets a little bit more playing time, and becomes more vital to our group. Everyone has their own path, and we’ll see what Chris’ path is.”Durkin just turned 18 last week, and is now gearing up for a 2018 campaign he hopes can be a launch point for the next skyrocketing American career.”I think it’s a huge year, especially coming off a U-17 World Cup,” Durkin said. “That’s typically when teams in Europe and players in Europe start to shoot upward. I want to still follow that trajectory they follow, and get meaningful minutes, wherever that is. My main focus is playing and developing. Wherever that is, I think that fits me best.”Durkin made his D.C. United first-team debut in an Open Cup match in 2016, but he saw the bulk of his playing time in 2017 with USL affiliate Richmond Kickers and at the U-17 World Cup.”I think it was a great year for him, from a development standpoint,” Olsen said. “And now expectations and everyone is [saying], ‘What’s next? What’s next?’ “What’s next is he comes to preseason, and he competes for a spot and he shows us he’s ready to get on the field, like every other player we have coming in.”Durkin is facing plenty of competition for minutes in a D.C. midfield that has several new additions, including Venezuela international Junior Moreno, who figures to be the lead challenger to incumbent defensive midfielder Russell Canouse.”I know the competition is really difficult right now, with obviously Russell Canouse and Ian Harkes, and some other players we’ve signed,” Durkin said. “I know the midfield is loaded right now, so it’ll be difficult, but I’ve had some talks with Ben and I think he’ll give me a fair shot in preseason, but it’s obviously up to me to show I’m ready to start in MLS.”Durkin boosted his profile considerably at last fall’s U-17 World Cup, where he was one of the standouts on a U.S. team that reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion England. That showing led to an increased level of interest from foreign clubs, with sources telling Goal that teams ranging from Italian side Inter to German club Hannover 96 have made offers for Durkin.D.C. United has listened to offers, but has yet to accept any of them. Now a move seems even less likely that Durkin is enjoying an impressive preseason with the first team.”I know that there is serious interest, and there are some offers, but I’m just focusing on preseason, and letting my agent and all the staff and D.C. handle that, because if I get too focused on that it’ll consume me,” Durkin said. “I have to focus on the football.”For now, Durkin is working on trying to impress Olsen and the D.C. staff enough to earn a place with the first team. The club could still decide to have him spend the season earning regular playing time with USL affiliate Richmond, but Durkin wants to show he’s ready to play in MLS right now. “I love his physicality, I love his mentality. He’s aggressive in everything he does,” Olsen said. “I think at times he needs to refine some of that aggression and wanting to stamp out every play. He’s still a very young player, and still needs to fine-tune his game in a lot of different areas, but I’d rather have it that way, where you have to pull a kid back. “He’s a very competitive kid. He wants to be on the field, and the challenge is finding that sweet spot so he’s developing at a very good clip. We’ll have a very good plan to continue that development this year.”Though the odds seemed stacked against Durkin playing a major role with D.C. United in 2018, Olsen was quick to defend his track record with young players, which has included giving youngsters such as Najar, Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen their breakthroughs as young pros.”I think our club, and me personally, has shown that I will play academy kids in a lot of ways more than any coach this league’s ever seen,” Olsen said. “Harkes, Bill, [Conor] Shanosky, Ethan White, Andy. You go down the list.”When and if [Durkin] is ready, we’ll get him out there, but you have to keep this in perspective,” Olsen said. “He’s a great young talent. We see the Richmond games, and World Cup games, and follow him very closely, but we haven’t seen him in our environment a lot last year. So now it’ll be nice to see him over the two months of preseason and kind of see where he’s at and how he stacks up against everybody.”last_img read more

Video: Porn Star Mia Khalifa Outlines The Reasons That Braxton Miller Should Transfer To Florida State

first_imgCardale Jones throwing a pass at an Ohio State football practice.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: Quarterbacks J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes watch alongside Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes as Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the offense for the Ohio State Buckeyes Gray team against the Scarlet team at Ohio Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Noted Florida State fan Mia Khalifa, who is also one of the world’s most famous adult film stars, has been trying to recruit Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to play for her Seminoles for weeks now. Last Friday, Khalifa tweeted at Miller in an attempt to persuade him to finish his college career in Tallahassee. Apparently she needed more than 140 characters to outline the reasons that the Buckeye star should make the move to FSU, so she put together a video for her full pitch. Among her pitches are Florida’s beaches and vacation spots, which he can’t find in Ohio, Jimbo Fisher’s coaching acumen, the ability to beat Clemson, and, of course, the girls of Florida State. She also makes sure to play it safe when it comes to NCAA. We’re not sure if this will help sway Miller at all, but it certainly can’t hurt.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, bowlers make it 7-0 for India vs Pakistan in World Cups

first_img 40 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 22 Match Ended nb o Mohammad Amir (PAK) M. Amir (PAK) 75 lbw b Vijay Shankar 117.94 13/1 ( Imam 4.5 Overs) , 14 7 5.5 Point (50.0) 7 212/6 Mid Wicket India India IND 0 Mid off Toss: PAK elected to field Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Joel Wilson (WI) 0 129/4 ( M. Hafeez 26.5 Overs) , graphs Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Virat Kohli (IND) V. Kohli (IND) covers Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 1 9 6.5 0 Mid on Mid off ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Mid off 0 – 48 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Rohit Sharma 18 53 0 336/5 Imam-ul-Haq Imam lbw b Vijay Shankar e/r wd 1 0 All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket 1 third Man fine Leg advertisement not out 0 142.85 8 All batsmen are considered right handed Fakhar Zaman F. Zaman c Yuzvendra Chahal b Kuldeep Yadav covers 8 covers Square Leg Mid Wicket Mid on All batsmen are considered right handed Match Ended ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) Mid on covers b Kuldeep Yadav 1 Kuldeep Yadav K. Yadav 0 Pakistan 0 2 2 3 1 0 fine Leg 1 126/3 ( F. Zaman 25.2 Overs) , Kuldeep Yadav (IND) K. Yadav (IND) third Man third Man fine Leg 0 Wahab Riaz W. Riaz covers India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, bowlers make it 7-0 for India vs Pakistan in World CupsIndia vs Pakistan World Cup 2019: India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs(DLS) to extend their unbeaten streak against Pakistan in World Cup history. India have now won all their 7 World Cup matches against Pakistan. 3/47 (10) Point Mid on 1 7.57 77 (65) 0 39 1 Mid Wicket 4s 2 Point fine Leg Square Leg third Man b Hardik Pandya r 1 Hardik Pandya H. Pandya 0 All batsmen are considered right handed third Man Scorecardcenter_img Square Leg Square Leg India Bowling IND Bowling Point fine Leg 3 Shoaib Malik S. Malik b Hardik Pandya Shadab Khan S. Khan not out not out 0 46 9 Fall of Wickets Imad Wasim I. Wasim not out 22 Pakistan PAK 336/5 B 0 view more view less All batsmen are considered right handed third Man Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) Mid off c Yuzvendra Chahal b Kuldeep Yadav Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal Square Leg Mid Wicket 0 fine Leg 212/6 m Mohammad Hafeez M. Hafeez c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya (50.0) 0 Babar Azam B. Azam b Kuldeep Yadav All batsmen are considered right handed 7 fine Leg 0 (40.0) 84.21 Vijay Shankar V. Shankar 6 Square Leg 128.57 212/6 Point 0 S/R Super Over 0 0 Pakistan PAK Next 38.88 7 8 Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)(wk) S. Ahmed (c)(wk) b Vijay Shankar 0 1 57 w (40.0) 129/5 ( S. Malik 27 Overs) , Mid off Bhuvneshwar Kumar B. Kumar 44 India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (D/L method) Mohammad Amir M. Amir 0 82.66 140 (113) India IND 0 Mid Wicket 117/2 ( B. Azam 24 Overs) , 52 2.4 5.2 Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah 20 vs 2 12 Hassan Ali H. Ali Mid off view full scorecard 2 commentary 32 Mid on covers Square Leg covers Mid on Pakistan batting PAK batting Mid Wicket (40.0) R Mid off Point Point All batsmen are considered right handed 2/32 (9) Mid on 6s third Man 3.55 b Vijay Shankar 0 4.12 c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya Rajarshi Gupta ManchesterJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 08:43 IST Rohit Sharma celebrates his century with Virat Kohli.(Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia defeated Pakistan by 89 runs(DLS) on Sunday at Old Trafford in the 2019 Cricket World CupIndia have now won all their 7 matches against Pakistan in World Cup historyIndia have won 3 matches while the one vs New Zealand produced no resultRohit Sharma hit 140, Virat Kohli smashed 77, KL Rahul made 57, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar picked crucial wickets as India crushed Pakistan by 89 runs(DLS) on Sunday at the Old Trafford. India have now won ALL their 7 World Cup matches against Pakistan.1992. 1996. 1999. 2003. 2011. 2015. 2019. India have defeated Pakistan in all these World Cups. And this victory happened to be India’s biggest ever over their arch-rivals in any World Cup match.Pakistan have never been very competitive against India in World Cups. On Sunday, it looked like only one team had the ability to dictate terms in the game. It was India. Even without Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (who was ruled out of the match after bowling 2.4 overs), it was India all the way.Rohit Sharma became the 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to hit a World Cup hundred against Pakistan and added 136 for the opening wicket with KL Rahul who made his maiden fifty in a World Cup. It was an incredible partnership – Rahul had replaced Shikhar Dhawan at the top but he did not look out of sorts. It was the first time Rahul had walked out to open with Rohit but the two batted like a dream.And then there was Virat Kohli, who during the course of his 77, became the fastest player to reach 11,000 ODI runs. Kohli’s innings was a master-class for the likes of Babar Azam who failed to capitalise on another start. It’s well for Babar to watch Kohli’s videos but he needs to learn how to build an innings.advertisementRohit, Kohli and Rahul played brilliant knocks and that meant Pakistan had to chase 337 off 50 overs with a threat of rain. Pakistan had a glimmer of hope when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out of further participation in the match with tightness in his left hamstring.But Vijay Shankar struck with his first ball in a World Cup match and despite a 104-run stand between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, Pakistan lost their way in a space of 4 overs. That’s all that it took for India to bounce back after what looked like a threatening stand.Fakhar had carved out a good-looking 62 and Babar was batting on 48 before Kuldeep Yadav snared him with a beauty. In his next over, Kuldeep removed Fakhar Zaman and Pakistan were gasping. And then Hardik Pandya knocked the wind out of Pakistan’s sails. He returned for his second spell to remove Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik off successive balls to leave Pakistan’s chase in tatters.Virat Kohli never looked worried even without Bhuvneshwar off the field after bowling only 2.4 overs. Vijay Shankar, who dismissed Imam-ul-Haq early in the innings, returned to remove Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan slipped to 165 for 6 in the 35th over. By then, Pakistani fans at the Old Trafford had started to leave.It was carnage. Pakistan were totally outplayed. Rohit Sharma, who hit his 24th ODI hundred and 2nd in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, never even looked getting out – and when he did, he had scored 140 but he was gutted. Rohit wanted more. To be honest, he could have finished with a lot more had he been able to chip that Hassan Ali delivery over Wahab Riaz at short fine leg.Virat Kohli’s 77 was the gold standard for what a captain’s knock should be. He is the best batsman in the world but when Rohit Sharma was going great guns, Kohli was happy to play second fiddle. Kohli switched gears only when Rohit Sharma was dismissed and took India past 300.It was a clinical performance. The threat of rain loomed large all day but there were only 2 major interruptions – one towards the end of the Indian innings and the other when Pakistan were on the verge of a huge defeat.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Fans react after MS Dhoni makes rare mistakeAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli wasn’t out but he walked off. Here’s what could have happenedAlso Read | India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Innings Summary, ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit and Kohli bully Pakistan attackAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs Pakistan No data available! 30 62 Extras: 8 runs (B: 0, LB: 1, WD: 6, NB: 1, P: 0) 165/6 ( S. Ahmed 34.1 Overs) ,last_img read more

Chinese Firm Recommended for Upgrade of VDU at Petrojam

first_img “As at June 2018, negotiations are still under way. No agreement has yet been signed and no money has been spent with Sinohydro to undertake any work relating to the upgrade of the VDU at Petrojam,” Dr. Wheatley said. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says Chinese firm, Sinohydro, has been recommended as the contractor to undertake the first phase of the refinery upgrade project, which is the improvement of the Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU) at Petrojam. Story Highlights Addressing the House of Representatives on July 3 at Gordon House, the Minister noted that in February 2017, Cabinet approved a joint Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA)/Government of Jamaica Task Force to begin negotiations with Sinohydro to execute the engineering, procurement and construction services for the refinery upgrade project. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says Chinese firm, Sinohydro, has been recommended as the contractor to undertake the first phase of the refinery upgrade project, which is the improvement of the Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU) at Petrojam.Addressing the House of Representatives on July 3 at Gordon House, the Minister noted that in February 2017, Cabinet approved a joint Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA)/Government of Jamaica Task Force to begin negotiations with Sinohydro to execute the engineering, procurement and construction services for the refinery upgrade project.“As at June 2018, negotiations are still under way. No agreement has yet been signed and no money has been spent with Sinohydro to undertake any work relating to the upgrade of the VDU at Petrojam,” Dr. Wheatley said.He informed that the preliminary estimate submitted on April 5, 2018 by a United States engineering firm to construct the VDU, based on US standards, was US$87.6 million (with +/-30 per cent estimate accuracy), which means that the estimate could vary anywhere from US$61.32 million to US$114 million, depending on numerous factors.Dr. Wheatley also informed that estimates were also received from Sinohydro to upgrade the VDU, using Chinese Standards, with an estimate of US$91.3 million in 2017; and western standards, approximately US$119 million.“It must be noted that the estimate from the US engineering firm is still in the process of being reviewed and validated by the Task Force to ensure that all factors pertinent to this estimate have been considered and included,” he said.The Minister added that, to date, the review of the US engineering firm’s estimate unearthed some deficiencies, which have been acknowledged by the firm, and Petrojam is now awaiting an updated estimate from the US engineering firm in order to complete validation.last_img read more

Canadian working with Kenya opposition party detained to be deported

first_imgA campaign data company says a Canadian working on the opposition party’s campaign was detained in Kenya and is facing deportation.A spokeswoman for Aristotle, Inc. – a political consulting company that provides various services to campaigns, including strategy and data analysis – says the Canadian senior vice-president of global services, Andreas Katsouris, and CEO John Aristotle Phillips were detained Friday night. They’re expected to be deported Saturday night.Spokeswoman Brandi Travis says Katsouris is a Canadian working out of Toronto.Travis says the two men were in the African country assisting opposition candidate Raila Odinga, and had become involved in the Kenyan election because they thought it had the potential for irregularities.Saturday was the last day of campaigning in the election, which is set for Tuesday.Global Affairs Canada says it is providing assistance to a Canadian detained in Nairobi but would not give any further details. The U.S. Embassy in Kenya said on Twitter that they were “safe and departing” the country.The detentions occurred at around the same time that armed and masked police raided an opposition vote counting centre, intimidating workers and seizing equipment, said James Orengo, a senior member of the opposition National Super Alliance.Kenyan police on Saturday denied allegations that officers broke into political party offices on Friday, saying no report of a burglary has been made to any police station.Recent elections in the East African high-tech and commercial hub have been hotly contested, and more than 1,000 people were killed in post-election violence a decade ago.Kenyatta prevailed over Odinga in a 2013 vote that was mostly peaceful but tainted by opposition allegations of vote-rigging. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is among the thousands of expected election observers this time around.Some in the nation of 44 million people have been leaving the capital because of the threat of chaos, while many are simply going home to vote.The torture and killing in recent days of a key election official in charge of the electronic voting system has some concerned about the possibility of vote tampering.last_img read more

PM received IT refunds 5 times Rahul Gandhi 6 in last 18

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got income tax refunds at least five times in the last 18 years, while Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has received six refunds during the same period.Besides, the refunds for assessment years 2015-16 and 2012-13 got “adjusted against outstanding demand” in case of Modi, while it was the case for Gandhi in assessment year 2011-12. This is based on the online ‘refund status’ service provided by the Tax Information Network of the Income Tax Department, managed by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited. Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says ShahThe refund status since the assessment year 2001-02 can be checked online on this platform with an individual’s PAN (Permanent Account Number), which has been sourced from the election affidavits filed by the political leaders for the Lok Sabha polls 2019. Rahul Gandhi’s mother and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi has also got at least five refunds since the assessment year 2001-02, but there is no adjustment against any outstanding demand for her in this time period. Also Read – Rae Bareli MLA Aditi among Congress’ 40 star campaigners for Oct 21 bypollsOn the other hand, BJP chief Amit Shah’s income tax refund got “adjusted against outstanding demand” for the assessment year 2015-16. The TIN-NSDL records do not show any other refund for him in the last 18 years. While the portal does not disclose the amount of the refund, it mentions the date of the refund or adjustment, the challan sequence number and the mode of payment (cheque or direct credit), among other details. As per the ‘refund status’ records, Modi got his refund for the assessment year 2018-19 through ‘direct credit’ to his account on September 26, 2018. The refund for the same year took place on October 6, 2018 for Sonia Gandhi and on March 26, 2019 for Rahul Gandhi. Modi got the refund for assessment year 2016-17 on August 16, 2016 through direct credit and through ‘refund cheque’ for 2013-14 on January 7, 2015, for 2010-11 on January 9, 2015 and for 2006-07 on October 11, 2007. For assessment years 2015-16 and 2012-13, his refund got “adjusted against outstanding demand”. Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014. In case of Rahul Gandhi, his refund for assessment year 2011-12 got “adjusted against outstanding demand” on February 1, 2012, while he also got a refund cheque for the same year a few days later on February 13, 2012. His other refunds relate to assessment years 2017-18, 2016-17, 2012-13 and 2007-08. Sonia Gandhi’s refunds relate to assessment years 2016-17, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2007-08, besides 2018-19. Interestingly, both Rahul and Sonia Gandhi have disclosed in their election affidavits filed for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections that the Income Tax Department has initiated reassessment proceedings against them for the assessment year 2011-12 and has passed reassessment order, dated December 31, 2018, raising demand. The two leaders, however, added in their affidavits that the said proceedings are under challenge before the Supreme Court. In his affidavit, Rahul Gandhi has declared total income (as shown in income tax returns) of over Rs 1.11 crore for financial year 2017-18 (up from Rs 1.03 crore in 2013-14), while it is Rs 9.6 lakh for Sonia Gandhi (down from Rs 17.6 lakh in 2013-14). In his affidavit, Modi had declared total income of Rs 19.92 lakh for the financial year 2017-18, up from Rs 9.69 lakh in 2013-14. There are no “income tax dues” pending against him, as per Modi’s election affidavit filed for Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. Listing his assets in the affidavit, Modi under the sub-head ‘value of claims/interest’ mentioned Rs 85,145 as tax deducted at source (TDS) for financial year 2018-19.last_img read more

Astana Peace Talks Trigger Infighting among Rebel Opposition

New Delhi – The Astana Talks proved vital for sustaining Syria’s fragile truce. The secretive clause of excluding Jabhat Fatah Shaam and other radical armed groups, however, has started to backfire.Infighting began between moderate opposition and the radical Jabhat Fatah Sham (JFS) group has left the group feeling isolated. In response, it has started to advance its campaign against moderate opposition, attempting to impose its dominion over other, smaller rebel groups.The Free Syrian Army and moderate political opposition representing the armed opposition groups had proposed to the Astana truce negotiations the willingness of the armed groups to participate in upcoming UN Geneva Talks aimed at creating a political solution to the Syrian conflict. Astana Talks were initiated under the trilateral supervision of Russia, Turkey and Iran. The secretive clause called for bolstering the positions controlled by the Syrian regime and opposition forces during the ceasefire, yet allowed offensives against ISIS and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (previously the al-Nusra Front). The Regime emphasized those radical elements within the opposition needed to be eliminated for a political transition of the conflict. This would effectively end the six year long armed conflict and ensure peace and security for Syrian civilians.The Syrian regime representatives made it clear that it wouldn’t stop its offensive against Wadi Barada until the “Damascus water sources remain cut off.” The regime is now at its strongest owing to its solid backing from Russia and Iran.The exclusion of Jabhat Fatah Sham from the ceasefire has triggered numerous battle fronts between Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and Syrian opposition factions in western Aleppo and Idlib. Russia, the U.S. and Syria are all bombing JFS positions, rendering it isolated. The coalition’s focus is now directed towards the rebel factions, which JFS “believes are the part of a conspiracy to undermine it” by co-operating with the government of Bashar al-Assad in peace talks at Astana.To expand their geographic positions both the unified Syrian opposition and the regime are in a race to annex the territories under the current control of Jabhat Fatah Sham and ISIL, following the Astana agreement. It was agreed that these two radical militant groups have no future in Syrian politics. They were also in agreement that, to secure a long-lasting peace and political transition, these groups need to be defeated.Jabhat Fatah Sham’s spokesperson for foreign media recently challenged its opponents, claiming that “JFS was well integrated in Syrian society” and cannot be uprooted. Any solution which JFS is not a part of will neither be accepted nor will it survive in Syria.The consequences of not welcoming Jabhat Fatah Sham to the negotiations, and an attempt by rebel factions to isolate it, were quickly known with its major attack on Jaysh Al Mujahideen. This was widely seen as a moderate armed opposition group. Rebel opposition groups Ahrar al-Sham, Sukour al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, and Fastaqim united with Jaysh Al Mujahideen to ward off the attack on them by JFS in northern Syria.Jaysh Al Mujahideen had been already weakened by Russian and Syrian aerial bombings before the truce. The result of JFS’s well organised ground attack has crippled its operational command and strength.According to Asharq Al-Awsat, political expert AbdelRahman Al Hajj, was quoted as saying that the Astana meeting has launched battles between opposition factions and Fatah al-Islam. He said, “What happens nowadays is the first step towards ending Jabhat Fatah al-Sham or dismantling the movement.”This infighting between radical and moderate groups will benefit the regime as it moves to consolidate its positions and keep Damascus safe from Jabhat Fatah Sham and ISIL. Their fighters are known to be highly trained, fierce and experts in modern battlefield tactics. JFS has been an arch rival to the regime and has caused the highest number of casualties for the regime forces.After the clashes with JFS, Ahrar al-Sham released a statement criticising JFS for their attacks on other groups “without any justification or legitimate reason” and said it would help their “enemies” in isolating JFS from the other rebel groups. “We will join our brothers in the rest of the factions to prevent JFS (or others) columns to go and attack Muslims and harass them and wrongfully take their blood and money,” read the statement. read more

Western Darfur following attacks UN officials voice concern for civilians safety

24 February 2008The head of the United Nations-African Union (AU) hybrid peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, and the world body’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan today said that they are “gravely concerned” for the safety of thousands of civilians in the Jebel Muun area of Western Darfur, which was reportedly the scene of aerial bombings. The head of the United Nations-African Union (AU) hybrid peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, and the world body’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan today said that they are “gravely concerned” for the safety of thousands of civilians in the Jebel Muun area of Western Darfur, which was reportedly the scene of aerial bombings.“It is imperative that civilians are kept out of harms’ way, and for this to happen, any fighting must stop immediately. The risks at this stage to civilians are unacceptably high,” according to a statement issued by UN/AU Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada and UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ameerah Haq.The Government has assured them that civilians will be able to move out of the area and to safety, and they are seeking similar assurances from the area’s rebel movements.“The solution to Darfur’s problems can never be a military one,” Mr. Adada and Ms. Haq said, adding that they hope to have humanitarian access to Jebel Muun and nearby areas.“The eyes of the world are now on Darfur and the concerns of all of us have to be with the innocent children, women and men who are caught-up in the fighting.”On 22 February, Ms. Haq expressed alarm at the level of destruction she witnessed while participating in a joint assessment of the West Darfur town of Sirba, which came under air and ground attack from the Sudanese Government and allied militia groups earlier this month.For now, the UN can provide humanitarian assistance, “but the clear message obviously is that what the people really want is protection. They are looking for security,” Ms. Haq said. “The ability to provide that – whether from the government or the international community – is still a long way away.”Women and girls face being raped when gathering firewood in the Wadi, and the Humanitarian Coordinator appealed to both the international community and Khartoum to recognize the need for UNAMID’s speedy deployment. read more

BlackBerry Ltds Passport device to cost US599 undercutting Apple and Samsung

TORONTO — BlackBerry is bringing its newest Passport smartphone to the market with a price that’s lower than Apple’s iPhone 6 and the latest incarnation of the Samsung Galaxy.Units of the phone will sell for US$599 without a wireless carrier contract in the U.S., about $50 to $250 cheaper than various models of the iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 currently on shelves.The price is a strategic move that could give BlackBerry an advantage as it works to secure large orders of the device from corporate customers and plans to sell the phone at wireless stores. Canadian prices for the BlackBerry Passport haven’t been officially released.The Passport has a square screen that measures 4.5 inches and a keyboard that’s similar to the most popular BlackBerry models.The wider screen fits 60 characters on each line, which is more than comparable devices and closer to reading a book.BlackBerry expected to launch Passport device on Sept. 24BlackBerry defends Passport’s design: So what if it’s square?BlackBerry launches Fact Check Portal to fight against rivals ‘trying to incite fear, uncertainty and doubt’Most details are being kept quiet until the official unveiling, which is expected to happen on Wednesday, during a multi-city media event in Toronto, Dubai and London.The Passport marks the first entirely new BlackBerry device to hit shelves since chief executive John Chen joined the company nearly a year ago in an effort to turn around the struggling business.Before he joined BlackBerry, Chen led a turnaround at software company Sybase, which faced its own identity crisis and financial problems before he helped make it a profitable operation focused on mobile business technology.BlackBerry is scheduled to report its second-quarter financial results on Friday.Meanwhile, sales of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models have been brisk over the three days since it went on sale.Apple said it sold more than 10 million units of the new phone, which marks a record for the company. Last year, it sold 9 million of iPhone 5C and 5S models after they had just been released.The Canadian Press read more

Au moins 750 orangoutans tués en un an à Bornéo

first_imgAu moins 750 orang-outans tués en un an à BornéoSelon une enquête de terrain menée par une ONG auprès de villageois autochtones de Bornéo, et publiée récemment dans PLoS ONE, au moins 750 orang-outans seraient tués chaque année, aggravant la situation de cette espèce déjà gravement menacée par la perte de son habitat.Dirigée par Erik Meijaard, de People and Nature Consulting International, à Jakarta, une équipe d’enquêteurs a interrogé, entre avril 2008 et septembre 2009, 6.983 personnes appartenant à 687 villages du Kalimantan (partie indonésienne de l’île de Bornéo) sur leurs rapports avec les orang-outans (Pongo pygmaeus).À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousIl en ressort que, malgré leur statut d’animaux protégés, 750 à 1.800 de ces primates ont été tués entre avril 2007 et avril 2008, contre 1.950 à 3.100, chaque année, avant cette période. Même en baisse, ce chiffre s’ajoute aux causes indirectes de disparition de l’espèce, notamment la déforestation pour les cultures de palmiers à huile.54% des abattages seraient motivés par la recherche de viande de brousse, 10% par la protection des cultures contre ces singes, 15% par d’autres types de conflits hommes-orang-outans. L’enquête souligne également le laxisme des autorités indonésiennes, qui ne poursuivent qu’exceptionnellement les contrevenants : 63% des personnes interrogées reconnaissant avoir tué un de ces grands singes disent savoir qu’ils sont théoriquement protégés par la loi.Le 28 novembre 2011 à 16:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Klopp apologises as Liverpool fans damage City bus

first_imgThe Manchester City team bus’ window was shattered during their arrival to Anfield as Liverpool fans had gathered, ignored police warnings and used flares and smoke bombs just before the first leg of the Champions League clash.City then confirmed they will be needing a new transportation vehicle for their trip back to Manchester. Guardiola was pelted with bottles and cans by the fans as well.“We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials caught up in the incident. The behaviour of a number of individuals was completely unacceptable and the club will cooperate fully with the authorities to identify those responsible,” Liverpool’s official statement claimed, according to Sky Sports.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.”“Absolutely I don’t understand it. We tried everything to avoid a situation like that. When we came through it was very positive. City were in front of us. For Liverpool FC, I have to say sorry,” Klopp apologised for the Reds’ supporters’ actions.last_img read more

Bahamas EPassport collection returns to Thompson BoulevardUniversity Drive

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PassportOffice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 11, 2017 – Nassau – In news from Bahamas Information Services… Following a successful exercise to facilitate the collection of new e-passports at a Special Collection Centre, the Passport Office has announced that the Passport Collection/Issuance centre returns to the regular headquarters on Thompson Boulevard/University Drive, effective Monday, August 14.Chief Passport Officer Superintendent Clarence Russell said:  “The special collection exercise during the month of July and the first two weeks of August at the Anatol Rodgers Gymnasium has been an unqualified success, having issued well in excess of 3,000 e-passports to today’s date.   We were able to significantly reduce the number of uncollected passports that had already been processed and the #PassportOffice staff worked hard to accommodate the general public’s summer travel plans.“We are now satisfied that Bahamians who needed to upgrade to the new e-passports along with those who had special travel plans for the summer holidays or otherwise have now been accommodated in the most efficient fashion.”That extra publicity and prodding from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darren Henfield worked said Mr. Russell.   The few passports left can now be collected at the Thompson Boulevard site.   Other ‘thank-yous’ went out to Anatol Rodgers School for use of the facility and for security provided daily by both the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Royal Bahamas Defense Force.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Simone Inzaghi Milan tie will be difficult for us

first_imgSimone Inzaghi believes their upcoming encounter against AC Milan will be a difficult game and went on to talk about his team list for the game.“It’s going to be a difficult game for us, as while it’s true Milan have a few injury problems, they still have 11 quality players taking to the field,” Inzaghi in his Press conference via Football Italia.“It’s important for our position in the table. I’d love for us to fight it out on level terms with two full squads, but in modern football, we all need to live with these issues, especially when involved in European games too.“I think we were doomed more by individual errors and incidents, so they are details that matter in these situations. If we hadn’t been suited to big games, we would not have beaten Juventus to win the Italian Super Cup in Turin.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Lucas Leiva is out of the squad due to a muscular issue and won’t be risked, while Riza Durmisi and Felipe Caicedo are in doubt.“I’ll have to make a decision between Milan Badelj and Danilo Cataldi in midfield. Luis Alberto and Joaquin Correa both have a good chance of playing.“Milan have great champions, so Gonzalo Higuain is suspended, but they have Patrick Cutrone. Where there isn’t Lucas Biglia, there is Tiemoue Bakayoko.“We faced them several times last season between Serie A and the Coppa Italia. Milan keep it tight, are organised and we know they will sit back and wait for us to come forward, so we must keep an eye out for their counter-attacks.”last_img read more

Feds to limit road transit payments to states

first_imgIf the Highway Trust Fund becomes insolvent this summer, it could delay or temporarily shelve dozens of federally funded projects in Washington, according to the state Department of Transportation. Among those is a planned paving project on Interstate 5 between Northeast 39th and 99th streets in Clark County.There are 43 Washington highway projects totaling $29 million that could be impacted by the federal shortfall. The I-5 paving in Clark County accounts for about $950,000 of that. The state typically receives reimbursements for projects that are federally funded, and the crisis could throw schedules into turmoil during the height of the construction season.The area’s largest highway projects, such as the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project at I-5 and Interstate 205, are paid for by state gas taxes and thus not connected to the federal Highway Trust Fund.A WSDOT spokesman said last month the agency is “cautiously optimistic” that Congress will act in time to keep the fund from running out of money.— Eric FloripWASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it would start limiting payments to states for road and transit projects next month in an attempt to conserve the federal Highway Trust Fund’s rapidly diminishing cash balance.last_img read more

Ombudsman faults correctional procedures

first_imgImage in the public domain; accessed via Wikimedia Commons, Sept. 14, 2015.In a report released earlier this month (Sept. 5), the state ombudsman says the Department of Corrections failed to follow the law in three separate cases involving inmates from both Palmer and Anchorage correctional facilities.  The Ombudsman’s opinion  indicates revisions are needed in how the department conducts certain disciplinary procedures.Download AudioLinda Lord-Jenkins is the state ombudsman. She presides over a well-ordered office above a shopping complex in downtown Anchorage. Although Lord-Jenkins’ work is little known to the average Alaskan, the ombudsman keeps guard over the procedures of other governmental agencies.“We look into complaints about government agencies. The complaints are filed by citizens who believe that they have been done wrong.”And when she says ‘citizens’, that includes Alaskans in prison.On September 5, the Ombudsman’s office released a report indicating that in three separate cases, the state Department of Corrections acted contrary to the law in dealing with disciplinary matters involving inmates in state correctional facilities.The incidents ranged over time from August of 2013 to early this year. State Ombudsman Linda Lord-Jenkins says the three cases are lumped together in the report because they have a common theme. She says, in all three instances, the DOC took disciplinary action against inmates without allowing those inmates their due process at evidentiary hearings. Disciplinary actions for the inmates in all three cases ranged from losing commissary privileges to solitary confinement.Lord-Jenkins asserts, what is particularly disturbing  to her agency, is that the DOC was not immediately cooperative in answering queries linked to the ombudsman’s investigation“We had to subpoena information out of the institution for the investigation of the escape charges. And had some problems, Commissioner Schmidt had to step in and require his staff to give us the documents. Then the administration changed, and we drafted our preliminary findings which we served on Commissioner Taylor in April.”DOC Commissioner Ronald Taylor has since responded, she says, although that communication came from the department  on Labor Day. Lord-Jenkins says her agency repeatedly contacted DOC about the investigation from the beginning of the ombudsman’s involvement, but DOC did not reciprocate.“In the investigation involving the inmate who was in solitary confinement for 647 days, we never got a response from them on that, which was very disappointing.”In that Anchorage case, a federal felon in custody in the Anchorage Correctional Complex was placed in solitary confinement for a year and a half, solely because of a US Marshall’s recommendation. The inmate in question says he had no chance to challenge Marshall’s recommendation. The The ombudsman’s report faults DOC for that, because there is no law requiring DOC to adhere to the Marshall’s request.The three cases covered in the report go back two years. In May of 2014, seven inmates housed in the Palmer Correctional Complex were accused by a fellow inmate of hatching an escape plot, which included a plan to murder a corrections officer. Each of them underwent individual hearings by prison officials.The hearings resulted in loss of commissary privileges, loss of “good time”, or reductions in sentence length based on good behavior, and in some cases, a month of solitary confinement.  Lord-Jenkins says the ombudsman report  is not faulting the corrections department for having the disciplinary hearings.  It is with the procedures during and after those hearings where DOC went astray.“The concern that we had mostly out of Palmer was it appeared that nobody understood what they were supposed to be doing to document their findings, that they didn’t understand any of the due process requirements that their own policies and procedures had set out for them. And not only did the front line disciplinary hearing officers not appear to understand that, the Superintendent didn’t appear to understand those.”In the case of the Palmer inmates, one solution recommended by the ombudsman was training for top prison officials in conducting disciplinary hearings. That suggestion was rejected, according to the report.Palmer Correctional Complex Superintendent Tomie  Anderson, who was superintendent of the prison at the time, would not consent to an interview for this story.DOC’s deputy Commissioner Remond Henderson said Fridaythat DOC intends to release a statement on the report this week.But Lord-Jenkins says internal DOC emails have been coming into her office.“Finally, we released the report, and on Labor Day, late in the afternoon, I received an email from the department, with a cover letter that explained some things and then internal department emails that indicated they had been working on it all along, they just weren’t telling us.”Lord-Jenkins says the goal of her agency’s work is not to seek prosecution, nor to place blame, but to work to find abuses and seek solutions for them.She says the ombudsman’s report is based on standards and regulations, and her agency has advised DOC to examine it’s disciplinary hearing procedures.“Right now, we are looking at their responses and we will revise our findings in terms of how they [DOC] responded to our recommendations.”The Ombudsman’s report comes at a time when state House and Senate committees are in discussions regarding revisions to the state correctional department’s practices in an effort to reduce prison costs.last_img read more

Red and blue king crab fishery closed again in Southeast

first_imgCommercial fishing for red and blue king crab will be closed again this year for Southeast Alaska. There just isn’t enough crab in the area.Download AudioState managers are trying to grow the red king crab population in Southeast. Photo/ADF&GWarmer water in Southeast breeds larger king crab than other parts of the state. Southeast red kings can grow up to 24 pounds with a five foot leg span. But unlike places like Bristol Bay, Southeast’s population has not been abundant in recent years.In fact, there have been only two commercial openings in the last ten years, one in 2005 and one in 2011. That last opening saw a price of $10.66 per pound. The harvest that year was worth nearly $1.9 million at the docks. In 2005 it was $5.31 a pound.Fishermen would like to be able to keep earning that kind of money in the fishery and maybe in the future they can.Even though the population is nowhere near the right size for a commercial fishery, there’s reason to believe that the crabs are seeing slow, consistent growth.Adam Messmer is the Assistant Shellfish Manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He says the mature biomass increased from last season, meaning more crabs are approaching the size to be caught commercially. There are also more crabs that are already large enough to be caught.“We had a pretty good jump in legal crab this year compared to the last 20 years,” Messmer said. “It was a pretty good jump percentage-wise across Southeast.”Mature biomass and legal crab–those are industry terms regarding the age of the crab. Age is important in the fishery because king crabs actually live a pretty long time, like up to 30 years. And there are regulations in place to make sure the crabs are old enough to reproduce before they can get caught in the Southeast fishery. Messmer says they don’t reach legal size until they are 7 to 9 years old.“I mean that’s pretty much equivalent to a Dall sheep, a legal Dall sheep,” Messmer said. “It takes a long time to grow these things.”What biologists would really like to see in the Southeast fishery is what is called “a recruitment pulse”. That would be a year when a large number of crabs the same age are reaching legal size. Messmer says that would help sustain the fishery for a few years even if there weren’t good pulses. While the pulses are common in other crab fisheries they haven’t seen one in Southeast’s red and blue king crab fishery for the last 15 to 20 years.“By not having one for an extended amount of time we kind of reach our threshold and fish on them and we’re kind of in this scenario of there are still crab out there because we don’t take them all but it takes a longer time to build back up enough to hit the threshold,” Messmer said.Back in the 1990s and early 2000s there were commercial openings for red and blue King crab nearly every year in Southeast. And that’s something that the managers are working towards again.The state has been keeping consistent records for Southeast king crab for over 30 years. They’ve used survey results from their staff and from commercial fishermen themselves to document the population.last_img read more

Fast radio bursts mystery continues Another mysterious alleged alien signal came from

first_imgPixabayIt was long back in 2007 that scientists initially spotted mysterious signals from deep space, and they named it ‘Fast Radio Bursts’ (FRB). In the latter years, scientists traced many more such fast radio bursts from various nooks of the space; some of them were very short, while some radio bursts came continuously from a particular source. After the detection of such bursts, some experts speculated that these signals could be sent by aliens to proclaim their existence, while other space scientists suggested that these signals could be of natural origin.And now, adding up to the mysteries, a team using CalTech’s Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO), California has detected another non-repeating FRB from a galaxy which is located almost 8 billion light-years away. Interestingly, the new discovery comes just a few days after an Australian team working with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) announced the finding of a repeated burst from a source approximately 4 billion light years away.In the research report published in the journal Nature, CalTech scientists revealed that this newly detected FRB named FRB 190523 came from a galaxy that is very similar to the Milky Way. However, this galaxy is not similar to the dwarf galaxy that produced the most famous repeated fast radio bursts named FRB 121102.”This finding tells us that every galaxy, even a run-of-the-mill galaxy like our Milky Way, can generate an FRB. Astronomers have been chasing FRBs for a decade now, and we’re finally drawing a bead on them. Now we have a chance of figuring out just what these exotic objects might be,” said Vikram Ravi, a researcher at CalTech and the lead author of the study, CNET reports.Ravi also added that the launch of Deep Synoptic Array telescopes in 2021 will help scientists to spot more fast radio bursts in the future, and thus scientists will be able to unveil the secrets of this cosmic mystery.last_img read more

Market boom in the time of economic gloom What are the dynamics

first_imgSensex movements since 2014.The Sensex and Nifty hit record highs on Monday, sprinting off the block in the New Year. The benchmark indices have logged more than 1.5 percent growth in the first week of the year. Ironically this comes close on the heels of the latest forecast that suggests India’s economic growth is likely to remain stunted this fiscal year. So what are the dynamics that spur a market rise in times of less-than-robust growth outlook?The Central Statistics Office (CSO) data published late last week showed India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth may fall to 6.5 percent during the 2017-18 financial year. This is much lower than the 7.1 percent GDP growth clocked in the previous financial year. The CSO prediction is grimmer even than the Reserve Bank’s revised growth rate of 6.7 percent. Consider also that the central bank was much more sanguine earlier in the year of a 7.3 percent growth forecast.The CSO prediction, if it turns good, will mean the country long hailed as the fastest-growing major economy in the world will hit a four-year low in GDP growth. However, the investor sentiment is apparently unaffected by this. On Monday, the Sensex hit an all-time high of 34,356 while Nifty soared past 10,600.What is sustaining, and driving, the mad rush at the markets? What exactly is the GDP growth/stock markets dynamic? Why are investors pumping up the stocks when a dash of caution should be the logical result of underwhelming economic growth projections? Or, is the booming market headed for a 2008-like crash as the doomsday theorists predict? Is some sort of a booby trap awaiting the euphoric and innocuous late entrants sold on the rise and rise of the stock market?Or, are the markets rightly pacing away from the impact of the first-quarter GDP shocker, seeing it as a point of no return? The impact of the three-year low hit in the June-August quarter, when growth slumped to 5.7 percent, was alleviated in the next quarter when growth rate bounced back to 6.3 percent. However, was that enough cause for reassuring cheer?If the second-quarter growth rate was a straw in the wind, the economy should have been on track to hit a growth rate of above 7 percent. While the second-quarter bounce-back gave rise to hopes that the economy was finally shunting out the effects of the demonetisation and GST implementation, the current outlook doesn’t reflect that buoyancy. According to a recent Fitch Ratings report, India’s growth rate in the next five years would be a moderate 6.7 percent.There are no mysteries when healthy GDP growth rate or growth projections have a positive impact on the markets. The situation is a no-brainer. As the economy expands, corporate houses look to sell more of their products and services, resulting in higher profits and earnings per share. International fund managers also turn bullish on the country as they constantly look for “emerging” players.But how do we explain the situation when the markets are seemingly unperturbed by the vexing predictions on the growth front?There may, of course, not be a perfect correlation between the GDP growth figures and the market growth. In general, markets rise when the GDP figures and projections are optimistic and vice versa, though not always in the same proportion. Unfounded euphoria?Indian investors, however, appear to be feisty and euphoric. The euphoria seems to be stemming from a whole gamut of economic and political spheres: The BJP’s latest poll victories that negated the punditry’s claims that demonetisation and GST impacts would stop the Modi-Shah combine on its tracks; the upcoming Budget 2018 that the middle classes look up to right in earnest for tax and other concessions and the like.However, a clean, hard look at the fundamentals would stand the investor in good stead. Are the core sectors picking up steam? Is the bump-up in the real-estate sector sentiments here to stay? Are the rate cut hopes logical given the fact that inflation is creeping up and beyond the comfort zone?Also to be seen in the context is the spike in crude prices seen for the first time in many years, in the aftermath of the Iranian political tensions. If crude inches higher it will strain the government’s fiscal situation further, making it harder for it to chase any populist spending plan further.Again, the budget season has returned with its generous doses of inane and absurd optimism. There are talks about it being a populist budget, that there will be tax soaps and other concessions. Too hard to come by, by all means indeed — direct taxpayers are after all the fall guys.The worst may be over for the economy, coming out as it did from the depths of a crisis induced by the note ban and the teething troubles with GST. However, retail stock investors might do themselves a lot of good to tarry a little. The crest of the wave is tempting but latching on to it can be perilous.last_img read more

Houston Officials Condemn The Trump Administrations Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

first_img Share Photo: Houston Independent School District (HISD)Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner comments during swearing in ceremonies for newly elected Houston ISD trustees, January 14, 2016.Several Houston officials continue to condemn the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy which has led to the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border in recent weeks.The Houston Chronicle reported late last week an immigrant children’s shelter was being considered in Houston.After Southwest Key Programs, a Texas nonprofit, signed a lease for a warehouse just east of downtown. The group reportedly has a contract with the federal government to care for unaccompanied immigrant children. The Chronicle reports the site is slated to house up to 240 children.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he rejects the idea of having the facility here in the city. Turner says he and his staff are trying find out more information, and will soon provide an update.Taking this at face value, it’s hard to stomach. Please don’t tell us you’re a devout Christian or person of faith and in your next breath state this is fine with you. It isn’t ok. God is watching and will be the final arbiter. WWJD #RelationalPolicing https://t.co/Px4dhqWU7H— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) June 13, 2018 #ICYMI “I can’t support it’: Mayor Turner rejects idea of child immigration detention center in Houston.” https://t.co/ekttcgNIz6— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) June 18, 2018last_img read more