Turnout at Hooda’s rallies sets alarm bells ringing for BJP

first_imgThe large turnouts at the public meetings of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during the second leg of his Jan Kranti Yatra in Panipat, covering around 60 villages across four Assembly constituencies of the district in three days this past week, seem to suggest that the mood in the State is palpable for a political change ahead of the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections next year.This has set the alarm bells ringing for the State’s BJP leadership, as three of the four Assembly constituencies in the district are held by the party and none by the Congress.Major promisesHaving mustered a simple majority for the first time in the State, riding mainly on the “Modi wave”, the BJP seems to have squandered the opportunity, failing to deliver on its major promises of employment generation, implementation of Swaminathan Commission report and crackdown on corruption, besides inept handling of Jat reservation agitation and Ram Rahim conviction aftermath.Despite its “Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek” slogan, the party has been accused of creating a rift between the Jats and other groups for political gains.Also, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Cabinet colleagues, BJP MLAs and party’s Gurugram MP and Union Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) Rao Inderjit Singh have publicly cast doubts over his leadership, not helping the party’s cause.Summing up the mood in the region, Satpal, a tea stall owner off National Highway 709 near Ishrana, said: “The people in Haryana voted for (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi with much hope, but his team in the State has failed him. Disappointed, the people are now turning back to Hooda.”Though the Aam Aadmi Party and the Indian National Lok Dal in an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party are vying to cash in on the resentment against the ruling party, Mr. Hooda seems ahead of his rivals with a huge mass appeal among the farmers, Dalits and the support of dominant Jat community in the stretch dominated by Deswali Jats that includes Rohtak, Panipat, Kaithal and Jind.Despite facing allegations of corruption in land deals, Mr. Hooda has emerged as an undisputed leader of the farmers in the State after former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal because of his pro-farmer decisions, such as waiving off electricity bills and farm loans worth ₹1,600 crore, increased compensation for land acquisition and hike in Minimum Support Price during his 10-year rule.Though Mr. Hooda maintains in his speeches that all sections are disillusioned with the present State government, his emphasis remains on the plight of the farmers and the Dalits in Haryana.New leadership Political analysts believe that Mr. Hooda’s charisma could lead the Congress to victory in the State if he is made the face of his party. However, infighting, delay in deciding on the new leadership and disarrayed organisational set-up in the State could mar the party’s prospects. If the Congress fails to seize the opportunity, it could be advantage INLD and BSP with the Jats turning to them to keep the BJP out.last_img read more

Immigrants Seeking Permanent Green Cards Through Marriage May Have One Less Hurdle

first_imgThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised one of its procedures for immigrants who got their green cards through marriage with U.S. citizens.Green cards issued for those immigrants are normally conditional, and are only valid for two years. After that, those seeking permanent residence must prove their marriage was not intended to break the immigration laws and therefore is not fraudulent.Read it at Miami Herald Related Itemslast_img

Delhi Dynamos tie up with Mission XI Million

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI) Indian Super League outfit Delhi Dynamos has joined hands with the All India Football Federation and the Sports Ministry for the Mission XI Million project, a sport development program in schools. Delhi Dynamos will help in executing the Mission XI Million festivals that are held in Delhi-NCR by sending its own coaching staff, for the purpose of training and grooming young players. The tie up will also provide the club an opportunity to scout young talents from grassroots level and provide them an offer to be a part of the Delhi Dynamos youth setup. “The idea is always to try to extend Mission XI Million to as many relevant stakeholders as possible. Delhi Dynamos is an ideal partner in New Delhi, they are very focused on grassroots and the development of talent in the region,” said Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director for FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. The partnership will present an opportunity for various physical education teachers to work closely with the experienced coaches of Delhi Dynamos. The coaches will mentor and train the PE teachers, so that they can instill the right coaching methods. PTI BS BSlast_img read more

Watch Novak Djokovic meets British Royalty after Wimbledon triumph

first_imgNovak Djokovic on Sunday won his fourth Wimbledon title and his first since 2015 at the All England Club.Djokovic thrashed South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets – – 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) — at the Centre Court to win his 13th Grand Slam.By doing so, the Serb ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought by getting his hands back on the trophy he also raised in 2011, 2014 and 2015.The victory was also special as it came in front of the British Royalty — Prince William, Kate Middleton and of course his 3-year-old son Stefan.After winning the championship, Djokovic had the pleasure of meeting and talking to the British Royalty. But what stole the show was a hug from his son, who cheered on from the stands with his mother and Djokovic’s team.Swapping parenting tips with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…@DjokerNole #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/QgIC5xawnQ Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018A hug for the #Wimbledon champion… pic.twitter.com/PlAlq1EnZv Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018″For the first time in my life, I have someone screaming daddy, daddy!” an elated Djokovic said after his victory.”For the first time in my life, I have someone screaming daddy, daddy!”A 13th Grand Slam title for @DjokerNole, but this one will hold a special place in his heart #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/sQRClwWT0i Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Avengers — the Marvel’s movie series — stars Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland also enjoyed the game the game as Djokovic and Anderson fought it out.advertisementWimbledon organisers had refused to alter the timing of the final but used the tournament’s social media handles to engage fans all over the world.The men’s singles Wimbledon final clashed with the FIFA World Cup 2018 final and faced the prospect of losing the viewership if the timing had clashed. The Wimbledon final was scheduled for a start at 18.30 IST while World Cup at 20.30 IST.Dates for the World Cup final have ranged from June 10 to July 30, and each has been on a Sunday except for the first tournament in Uruguay in 1930, played on a Wednesday, and the 1966 tournament in England, which finished on a Saturday at Wembley.The Wimbledon’s men’s singles final was scheduled for a Saturday until 1981. The World Cup final has twice been the same day as the men’s singles final, on July 8 in 1990, in Rome, and on July 9 in 2006, in Berlin.It was third time that the final of the two sporting spectacle clashed on the same Sunday.The roots of this years conflict go back six years. The All England Club announced in July 2012 that it would increase the time between the end of the French Open and the start of Wimbledon from two weeks to three starting in 2015, allowing players extra time to adjust to the switch from clay courts to grass.FIFA’s executive council announced World Cup kick-off times in December 2015.Wimbledon never had any intent to alter the start time of its final, traditionally about 2:10 p.m. local (18.40 IST). Its large-screen videoboard on Henman Hill remained tuned to tennis.Pressure for a shift would have increased had England played their first final since winning the World Cup in 1966.Earlier this month, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals.Many spectators opted to leave the grounds and watch the match at neighbouring pubs, leaving Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka to start off their third round match in front of thousands of empty green seats.Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russia on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more

I don’t have to say sorry, Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 performance wasn’t that bad: Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgPakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed insisted there is no need for him to apologise for their performances in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, saying his team worked hard to get the right results in England.Speaking to the press in Karachi after Pakistan’s return from England, Sarfaraz Ahmed said the team responded very well after the defeat to India and bounced back strongly.Sarfaraz Ahmed also rued the net run rate rule that saw New Zealand edge past Pakistan into the semi-final despite both teams finishing the group-stages with 11 points each. Pakistan’s net run rate took a massive hit when they lost their first World Cup 2019 match to the West Indies by 7 wickets. Pakistan were bundled out for 105 after which West Indies gunned down the total in just 13.4 overs.”There is no need to say sorry. We worked hard and gave our best. We haven’t returned with 2-4 points, but with 11. We accept that we didn’t perform well as a team in the 1st 5 matches but it wasn’t as bad a performance as people are making it out to be,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.Pakistan were down and out after they lost their 5th match to arch-rivals India in Manchester on June 16. Sarfraz’s men lost all the momentum that they had gained after stunning England in their 2nd World Cup 2019 match after back-to-back defeats to Australia and India.Sarfaraz Ahmed pointed out that the personal abuse some of the Pakistan players received after defeat to India affected them psychologically but that the team management helped them handle the situation well.advertisementSarfaraz was body-shamed on a number of occasions and an unruly fan hurled hurtful comments at the Pakistan captain when he visited a UK mall with his son.Pakistan roared back to form after their loss to India as they kept themselves in contention for a semi-final spot with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan on the bounce. Sarfaraz’s men finished their campaign with a convincing win over Asian rivals Bangladesh at Lord’s on June 5.Sarfaraz reveals team meeting details after India lossRevealing that he had called for a meeting after the India defeat to address issues with the team, Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “In those 7 days [after the loss to India], we took 2 days off. After that I called for a team meeting with all the players. Our management was not there. I spoke from my heart. I noted down mistakes that were made in the first 5 matches and discussed it with the players.Sarfaraz added: “The good thing is the players responded well. In the last 4 matches, we made an outstanding comeback. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to qualify for the semi-final. We acknowledge that we didn’t play well in the first 5 matches. Unfortunately we were not able to qualify because of the net run rate.”As a team, we performed well. Most players, including seniors and young ones, performed well. They performed their roles well. I want to thank the support staff as well. They put in a lot of hard work. They tried their best to push us to better things.”MIckey Arthur, our coach,handled personnel really well. After the India match, we had a tough time. The way the management handled the situation was very good.”Also Read | Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur slams net run rate rule after missing semi-final berthAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals: India know what New Zealand are capable of, says Sanjay BangarAlso See:last_img read more

‘Arsenal need to spend £70m on a Van Dijk’

first_imgArsenal need to find themselves a £70 million version of Virgil van Dijk, says George Graham, with there “a lot to be done” by Unai Emery in reversing the fortunes of the Gunners.A Spanish coach has just finished his debut campaign at Emirates Stadium.He inherited a tough job from Arsene Wenger and was unable to deliver a top-four finish in the Premier League or Europa League glory – with Chelsea claiming a 4-1 win in a continental showpiece. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Gunners are considered to have a sizeable rebuilding job on their hands, but may only have a limited budget to work with.That will be a problem, especially as Graham believes some serious investment is required.The ex-Arsenal boss told football.london: “They’ve got goals in the team and they’ve proved that this year, the way they’ve scored goals. But they’ve also conceded.“I see other teams like Liverpool, buying Virgil van Dijk for £70 million.“I think if they can do it, can Arsenal do it. They need that type of quality.”Unai Emery Arsenal Chelsea Europa League 2019While the Gunners will be without Champions League football for a third successive season in 2019-20, and in need of another refresh, Graham sees signs of encouragement.He added: “For me, I think it’s been a good season.“If they’d have won the Europa League it would have been very good. The top six was a possibility, and they got that, but to be in the top four would have been an excellent season.“They just missed out on that and when you see some of the games you can understand why.“I’ve been there when I’ve seen them play well, against Chelsea at home, Manchester United at home, so I’ve seen them perform well. Now they’ve got to do that regularly, which is the problem.“From what I’m hearing, he’s [Emery] doing a lot of work on the training pitch. I just think that the last few years the team have been struggling.”Wenger walked away from Arsenal last summer after 22 years at the helm and Graham concedes that whoever inherited the reins was always going to find it difficult stepping into those shoes and delivering an immediate impact.“When Arsene left, whoever was going to take over, they had a big job. And it’s still a big job,” said a man who oversaw two league titles, two League Cup wins, a Cup Winners’ Cup success and FA Cup triumph during his time at the Gunners helm.“There’s a lot to be done at the club.”last_img read more

31Million Paving Contract Awarded in Halifax County

first_imgA $3.1-million paving contract awarded in Halifax County will result in an improved main road between the Musquodoboit Valley and points west. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a $3,096,250 contract to repave Route 224 from Cooks Brook, east to the intersection of Exhibition Grounds Road — a distance of about 12.3 kilometres. The contract was awarded to Basin Contracting Ltd. The work is scheduled for completion by this summer. “Route 224 is the major road connection between the Musquodoboit Valley and Highway 102,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac. “This contract will make this section stronger and better able to handle all types of traffic including industrial and agricultural vehicles.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Asian shares advance following strong Wall Street finish

first_imgBANGKOK — Shares rose in Asia on Thursday after a strong overnight finish on Wall Street. Traders were encouraged by a Wall Street Journal report saying the Chinese government might make changes to its “Made in China 2025” economic development plan.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 1.0 per cent to 21,823.03 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng report jumped 1.1 per cent to 26,465.48. The Shanghai Composite index surged 1.5 per cent to 2,641.86 while the Kospi in South Korea added 0.6 per cent to 2,095.51. India’s Sensex advanced 0.6 per cent to 35,992.21 while the S&P ASX 200 in Australia edged 0.2 per cent higher to 5,665.10. Shares also rose in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.WALL STREET: U.S. stocks failed to hang onto big gains still finished broadly higher as technology and health care companies rose. Stocks initially rallied after the Wall Street Journal reported that China’s government could make changes to its “Made in China 2025” economic development plan — a step that might ease friction between the world’s two largest economies. The S&P 500 index rose 0.5 per cent to 2,651.07. The Dow gained 0.6 per cent to 24,527.27. The Nasdaq composite jumped 0.9 per cent to 7,098.31. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 1.1 per cent to 1,455.32.MADE IN CHINA 2025: The Chinese initiative aims to create leading companies in fields like artificial intelligence, electric cars and robotics. The Trump administration says the government is unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies and discriminating against foreign rivals. Along with disputes over China’s handling of intellectual property, it’s a significant piece of the trade tensions between the countries. The Wall Street Journal reported that a revised plan would allow greater access for foreign companies to Chinese markets and investment.BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May won a no-confidence vote that had threatened to end her tenure. Lawmakers within May’s Conservative Party have expressed frustration over her negotiations of Britain’s departure from the European Union, and many of them want a cleaner break from the trading bloc. Opposition lawmakers don’t want Britain to leave the EU. The lingering uncertainty over the “Brexit” has pushed the British pound sharply lower. It rose Wednesday to $1.2634 from $1.2527 and was trading at $1.2617 on Thursday in Asia.ANALYST’S VIEWPOINT: “Local equity markets are trading well, catching an updraft via U.S. equity futures as in the absence of any inflammatory rhetoric from the U.S. administration, the perception that trade tensions are easing continues to steer the ship. But investors are also breathing a sigh of relief that the U.K. worst-case scenarios didn’t unfold overnight,” Stephen Innes of Oanda said in a commentary.TENCENT: Tencent Music Entertainment, the largest music streaming service in China, climbed 7.7 per cent in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s IPO of 82 million shares priced at $13 a share and closed at $14 a share. Slightly more than half are being sold by the company and the rest are being sold by shareholders.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 17 cents to $51.32 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 1 per cent to $52.15 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, advanced 26 cents to $60.41 per barrel. It lost 0.1 per cent to $60.15 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.46 yen from 113.32 yen. The euro slipped to $1.1368 from $1.1370.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay contributed. He can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPElaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Presslast_img read more

North Peace Historical Society to hold AGM in February

first_imgTickets are $25.00 per person and are available at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.Tickets must be purchased in advance no later than February 13, 2019.The North Peace Historical Society’s AGM is taking place on February 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Peace Museum.For more information, you can call the Museum at 250-787-0430. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Historical Society is holding their Annual General Meeting in February.Members of the general public are welcome to attend.The meeting will feature a special presentation by Jim Little. A local surveyor, Jim also worked for the Ministry of the Environment. Turkey dinner will also be provided.last_img

UN human rights office voices profound regret after execution of US man

23 September 2011The United Nations human rights office expressed profound regret today over this week’s execution in the United States of Troy Davis, saying that the process that led to his death may have violated international law. Authorities in the state of Georgia executed Mr. Davis by lethal injection on Wednesday evening for the 1989 killing of a police officer, after his final appeal was rejected. Earlier that day, three independent UN human rights experts had called on the US Government to stop the execution, citing concerns that Mr. Davis did not receive a fair trial. Many of the witnesses affirmed that they had been pressured or coerced into testifying against Mr. Davis, or recanted or changed their testimony, according to a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for OHCHR, told journalists in Geneva today that the Office understood there were serious concerns that the rights of Mr. Davis to due process and a fair trial had not been respected. She said that as a result, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and other international laws may have been violated. read more

Asian stock markets rally after Fed keeps monetary stimulus in place

by Pamela Sampson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 11:17 pm MDT BANGKOK – Asian stock markets surged Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve unexpectedly refrained from reducing its massive economic stimulus.Not even dour data out of Japan showing a swelling trade deficit could dampen the rally sparked by the Fed’s decision to keep in place its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases, part of its “quantitative easing” approach of pumping money into the financial system to help stimulate the U.S. economy.Investors had braced themselves for a slight reduction in monthly bond purchases. Instead, the Fed, at the end of its two-day policy meeting Wednesday, announced no timetable for winding down the stimulus and even threw in a note of caution: the U.S. still has not attained adequate levels of job and economic growth.“Employment growth has been very weak … Private sector GDP growth is slowing, not accelerating,” analysts at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore said.Investors ignored the Fed’s cautious tone and instead cheered the retention of the stimulus program, which has helped bolster global stock markets.The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo rose 1.3 per cent to 14,697.17. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 1.7 per cent to 23,503.71. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 1 per cent to 5,290.80. South Korea’s Kospi was closed for a public holiday.Following the Fed’s announcement, Wall Street stocks hit record highs, and the price of gold had its biggest one-day jump in four years as traders anticipated that the Fed’s decision might cause inflation.Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 surpassed their previous record highs set on Aug. 2. The Dow rose 1 per cent to close at 15,676.94. The S&P 500 jumped 1.2 per cent to 1,725.52. The Nasdaq composite rose 37.94 points, or 1 per cent, to 3,783.64.Benchmark oil for October delivery was up 59 cents to $108.66 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $2.65, or 2.5 per cent, to close at $108.07 on Wednesday.In currencies, the euro rose to $1.3531 from $1.3516 late Wednesday. The dollar rose to 98.31 yen from 98.12 yen.___Follow Pamela Sampson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pamelasampson AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Asian stock markets rally after Fed keeps monetary stimulus in place read more

Northern BC port blames abandoned pipe for fuel leak into ocean

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The Prince Rupert Port Authority says workers are trying to stop an abandoned pipe from slowly leaking fuel into the ocean in northwestern B.C.The leak of what the port believes is bunker fuel was reported on Sunday when staff noticed a rainbow sheen near the tide line.The port authority says the pipe passes under property it owns and ends next to the marine berth at the Westview Wood Pellet Terminal.It says workers have excavated an area so they can flush and cap the pipe.The port says it has engaged the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation to contain the fuel that reached the foreshore and the group is working to clean the shoreline and immediate area.Officials have also called in an environmental consultant in to assess the potential impacts of the leak, although they believe there is “minimal risk to marine life and vegetation” and say only a “small quantity” escaped. Northern B.C. port blames abandoned pipe for fuel leak into ocean by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 6:44 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Opportunity to exhibit at SMMT Meet the Buyer

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is offering companies, business development services and academic institutions an exclusive opportunity to exhibit at its Meet the Buyer event on 23 May in the West Midlands.With hundreds of one-to-one meetings due to take place on the day, SMMT’s ‘Meet the Buyer’ event is the largest business building event of its kind, providing a mechanism for vehicle manufacturers and supply chain companies to forge new trade partnerships.Providing exhibiting companies with a platform to showcase their product ranges, concepts and services, the event typically attracts around 200 industry delegates and will include multiple networking opportunities.To find out more about purchasing exhibition space at SMMT’s Meet the Buyer event, contact Sian Hughes on shughes@smmt.co.uk or 020 7344 1663.For more information about participating as a buyer or a supplier at the events, visit the Meet the Buyer page or contact Nikki Huggett on nhuggett@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Britains worst female paedophile to be released from prison

A former nursery worker who was dubbed Britain’s worst female paedophile, is to be released from prison after convincing a parole board she no longer poses a “significant risk”  to children.Vanessa George, 49, who worked at the Little Teds nursery in Plymouth, was given an indeterminate sentence in 2009 after being convicted of a series of sickening attacks against youngsters. The mother of two was part of a paedophile ring, who along with her lover Colin Blanchard, admitted a total of seven sexual assaults on children.The group who met on Facebook egged each other on to see who could be the most depraved and George began taking indecent images of the children at the nursery where she worked.It was feared she may have abused up to 30 youngsters but she always refused to name which children she had targeted leading to further heartache for parents who did not know whether their loved ones had been victims.George was described in court as having a “voracious” sexual appetite that had “plumbed new depths of depravity”.During her sentencing at Bristol Crown Court, Mr Justice Royce stressed that while he was passing an indeterminate prison term, it was in effect, “a life sentence”. A spokesman said: “The Parole Board has directed the release of Vanessa George, following a parole review that was concluded in July 2019.”Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public after release.”The panel will have carefully looked at a whole range of evidence, including details of the original evidence and any evidence of behaviour change.”This is done with great care and public safety is the number one priority.”Last night the Parole Board’s decision was criticised by Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, who called for an urgent review.He said: “Vanessa George’s crimes against children in Plymouth cannot be forgotten and it’s very hard to forgive her for them.”I know I can’t and that’s why her release from jail is a kick in the teeth for our city and all her victims. George was told she would have to spend a minimum of seven years in prison before she would be even be considered for release and only then when she could prove she no longer posed a risk to youngsters.But the parole board has now decided that following a review she is safe to be freed from jail. “I am very concerned about the safety of our city’s children with the imminent release of Vanessa George and have today written to the Justice Secretary asking for the decision to release Vanessa George to be urgently reviewed in light of the public outcry and continuing risk to children that I believe she poses.”Harry Fletcher, Director of the Victims’ Rights Campaign, also said those affected by George’s crimes would be ‘horrified’ by the decision of the parole board to release her.He said: “These were extremely serious offences. She was clearly a major danger to small children and I hope the parole board are utterly satisfied she poses absolutely no risk in the future to any child.”It is no wonder that the victims in these cases are horrified at the prospect of release.”News of her impending release was also met with dismay in the community where her crimes had been committed.Local resident Lynn Barnes said: “She should have been kept locked up, she has not given one thought to the families who have no idea whether their children were abused. Until that was disclosed parole board should not have even considered letting her out.” Vanessa George was part of a sick paedophile Facebook group Vanessa George was part of a sick paedophile Facebook group Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Lily Allens boobs awkward exes The 6 best things at the Brit

first_imgIT’S HARD TO pick a favourite really.From Niall from Mullingar winning a Brit, to Sharon Osbourne talking about Harry Styles’ willy, to Lily Allen’s leaky boobs… here are the best bits.1. Adele’s speech (and the fact that she was too busy rehearsing for the Oscars to come to the Brits)YouTube/MicaelaPonce2. This video of Harry Styles clapping for Taylor SwiftYouTube/Goodtele22223. This comment under the video of Harry Styles clapping for Taylor Swift4. This tweet from Lily AllenSo THAT’s why she was late…5. Sharon Osbourne being inappropriateIcky.YouTube/EnjoyHits6. Mullingar lad Niall Horan’s Welsh and Dublin accents in the press roomYouTube/FuseRock out with your frock out>Will Robbie Williams sell 52k tickets for the Aviva Stadium?last_img

Gorilla Glass has a new competitor called Dragontrail

first_imgAs smartphones move to ever larger displays they become an important part of the strength component of the overall handset. At the same time users don’t want them to scratch easily or crack if dropped. The best solution at the moment seems to be Gorilla Glass which is used by a range of manufacturers, and has recently even been scaled up to work with tablets and LCD TVs.But Gorilla Glass isn’t going to be the only option for much longer. Japanses company Asahi has unveiled its own super-strong glass solution called Dragontrail. Although there have been no direct comparisons between the two strong glass products, you can tell from the tests in the video that Dragontrail has some serious strength on offer.Gorilla Glass should have 2011 to itself as it doesn’t look like Dragontrail will be seen in use until 2012. When it is, and if it matches Gorilla Glass on strength claims, then manufacturers should expect prices to fall as the two companies compete for market share.For consumers it should mean thinner and lighter devices as strong glass can be thinner. It also means less chance of that tablet or smartphone screen cracking or scratching.Read more at Electronistalast_img read more

Intel Falcon 8 Drones Find New Calling as Bridge Inspectors

first_img Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals Intel is working to improve U.S. bridge inspections—with drones.The electronics firm supplemented manual inspections of two midwestern bridges with advanced automated commercial drone hardware and software.After all, there is only so much humans can do on their own before technology intervenes.“With bridges worldwide experiencing undetected structural issues due to insufficient inspection and monitoring processes and unreliable data for rehabilitation, it is critical to address this real-world concern of transportation safety with impactful commercial drone applications,” according to Anil Nanduri, Intel vice president and general manager of the drone team.In 2016, more than 9 percent of the nation’s 600,000-plus bridges were deemed structurally deficient, yet still carried hundreds of millions of vehicles every day.Rehabilitation, however, is expensive (the American Society of Civil Engineers [ASCE] last year calculated costs around $123 billion), dangerous, and time-consuming.Enter Intel and its fleet of unmanned aerial Falcon 8+ vehicles.During a recent inspection of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, connecting Ohio and Kentucky, piloted drones collected some 2,500 high-resolution aerial images to create a 3D model of the structure, allowing engineers to monitor paint deterioration and cable stability over time.The inspection team works on-site at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis (via Intel Corporation)And at Minnesota’s iconic Stone Arch Bridge, drones reduced work hours by 28 percent, resulting in cost savings of approximately 40 percent (which could spare taxpayers an estimated $160,000 over the next decade).By programming automated flight paths, inspectors can capture high-quality aerial data without obstructing commuter traffic or putting human lives in danger.“Intel’s comprehensive drone solutions not only improve speed and accuracy through increasing automation of existing workflows, but also reduce safety risks and [provide] engineers and transportation bureaus with more reliable, actionable insights for future planning and safety assessments,” Nanduri said in a statement.More on Geek.com:Watch: Quadcopter Drone Tows Wakeskater Down RiverSenate Passes Bill Allowing Authorities to Shoot Down Private DronesAdmire Winners of the 2018 Drone Awards Photo Contest Stay on targetlast_img read more

Former Barcelona striker Etoo joins Qatar SC

first_imgFormer Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has joined Qatar SC from Turkish Super Lig side KonyasporSamuel Eto’o will continue his illustrious career at Qatar SC after moving to the Qatari outfit on a free transfer.The 37-year-old striker is on the move to his 13th club having been released by Turkish Super Lig side Konyaspor at the end of the last season.Earlier on Monday, Eto’o confirmed he had held talks with Ligue 1 teams, stating that he was “open to offers from France.”Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.On Monday evening, the Doha-based outfit confirmed the signing of the former Barcelona and Chelsea marksman, who is set to be unveiled on Tuesday.The Qatar Stars League is two weeks into the 2018-19 season, and the Kings are fifth on the log after taking three points from their opening two games.Next up, the Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium outfit play Al Sailiya on Friday, and the presence of the ex-Cameroon international should provide them with a boost.last_img read more

Tom Drouillard Named AAM CEO

first_imgDrouillard is filling big shoes, as Lavery has been at the helm since 1995. Lavery will be working with Drouillard through the transition in March to ensure he is ready to step in on April 1. “I’ve known and respected Tom for many years through his work at Scarborough, Nielsen and SRDS,” Lavery says in a release. Also adding that he is “proud to leave the organization in such capable hands.” The Alliance for Audited Media named Tom Drouillard as its new CEO, president and managing director. He will be replacing Mike Lavery, who is retiring on March 31.Drouillard carries more than 25 years of media and marketing experience, and has held executive roles at Nielsen, PERQ/HCI, SRDS, and he was most recently CEO at Scarborough Research.In his new role, Drouillard will be tasked with overseeing the organization’s entire operation in the U.S. and Canada. “Tom is a proven and successful CEO,” Sunni Boot, AAM chairman says in a release. “His deep understanding of digital media, audience measurement and marketing gives him the knowledge and skills required to take AAM to the next level in its historic role serving the media and advertising industries.”last_img read more

Tanzania fuel tanker blast kills 60

first_imgBurnt trees and the carcass of a burnt out fuel tanker is seen along the side of the road following an explosion on 10 August, 2019, in Morogoro, 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. Photo: AFPAt least 60 people perished in Tanzania on Saturday when a fuel tanker overturned and then exploded as crowds of people rushed to syphon off leaking fuel.The deadly blast, which took place near the town of Morogoro, west of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, is the latest in a series of similar disasters in Africa.Morogoro governor Stephen Kebwe said the bodies of 60 victims were at the morgue of the local hospital, where more than 70 people were also being treated for injuries.He warned that the toll could rise with victims possibly trapped under the truck, which footage showed engulfed in fierce flames and huge clouds of black smoke.Charred bodies and the burnt-out remains of motorcycle taxis could be seen scattered on the ground among scorched trees.Regional police chief Wilbrod Mtafungwa described a huge explosion” and said the dead were mainly drivers of the taxis known as “boda-boda” and locals who flocked to the scene for the fuel.A video posted on social media showed dozens of people carrying yellow jerricans around the truck.The tragedy has also triggered an outpouring of grief across the country, with prominent figures including President John Magufuli and ordinary citizens sending messages of condolences.Magufuli also called for people to stop the dangerous practice of stealing fuel in such a way, something that is common in many poor parts of Africa.- ‘Never seen a disaster of such magnitude’ -“The Morogoro region had never experienced a disaster of such magnitude,” Governor Kebwe told reporters at the scene in Msamvu, which lies about 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Dar es Salaam.He said the explosion was triggered when a man tried to pull out the truck’s battery.”We arrived at the scene with two neighbours just after the truck was overturned. While some good Samaritans were trying to get the driver and the other two people out of the truck, others were jostling each other, equipped with jerricans, to collect petrol,” teacher January Michael told AFP.”At the same time, someone was trying to pull the battery out of the vehicle. We warned that the truck could explode at any moment but no one wanted to listen, so we went on our way, but we had barely turned on our heels when we heard the explosion.”Police later said they had managed to put out the flames and had cordoned off the area.Magufuli said in a statement he was “very shocked” by looting of fuel from damaged vehicles.”There are vehicles that carry dangerous fuel oil, as in this case in Morogoro, there are others that carry toxic chemicals or explosives, let’s stop this practice, please,” he said.Last month, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people were trying to gather fuel.In May, a similar incident occurred in Niger just a short distance from the airport in the capital Niamey, leaving almost 80 people dead.Among the deadliest such disasters, 292 people lost their lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in July 2010, and in September 2015 at least 203 people perished in the town of Maridi in South Sudan.last_img read more