With loyalists expelled, Sharad remains defiant

first_imgSenior Janata Dal (U) leader Sharad Yadav struck a defiant note after the party’s Bihar unit chief, Bashishtha Narain Singh, removed 21 people said to be loyal to the former from the party.Refusing to comment on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Mr Yadav said he was preparing for the August 17 programme of the combined opposition parties, termed Saanjha Viraasat (Syncretic Traditions) to be held in New Delhi.“The people removed today are old members of the JD(U) and are in fact the real JD(U),” he said.Speaking to a television channel, Mr Yadav said the sarkari (official) JD(U) would soon find themselves tired of expelling people. NCP MP to attendSources said Tariq Anwar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)MP in the Lok Sabha from Bihar will join the opposition programme on Thursday. The decision comes despite both NCP MLAs in Gujarat having voted for the BJP in the recent Rajya Sabha elections in the State.Meanwhile, Mr. Yadav’s New Delhi residence saw a steady stream of opposition leaders including Congress leader Ahmad Patel, who narrowly won in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls because of a single vote cast in his favour by JD(U) MLA Chhotubhai Vasava. A bouquet presented by Mr. Patel occupied pride of place in the drawing room.CPI(M) general secretary, Sitaram Yechury also visited Mr. Yadav for discussions on the August 17 meet. “This programme has nothing to do with the JD(U) and it’s decisions; it was decided three months ago,” Mr Yadav told The Hindu.State units backing Nitish, says TyagiA day after the Sharad Yadav faction of the Janata Dal (United) claimed it was the “real” party, with “14 JD(U) State units” supporting it, party general secretary K.C. Tyagi said that four out of the five recognised State units were with Nitish Kumar.“Mr. Nitish Kumar was made party president in the Patna special session of April 23, 2016. Only five State units have recognition in the party: Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Jammu and Kashmir. The others had not completed the membership process and thus are not recognised State units,” he said.“We respect the Sharad Yadav of yesteryears, who resigned from the Lok Sabha. He is not corrupt. But, unfortunately, he has decided to go with those who are with dynasty and corruption.”last_img read more

Underground Banker

first_imgThe world’s most prolific underground banker has been arrested in Delhi after a year-long manhunt in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Naresh Jain, 50, is suspected of moving over $2 billion in hawala annually, transferring money between countries outside normal banking channels.“The illegal money transfer systems they use provide the infrastructure to launder cash for organized crime groups,” said Ian Cruxton, the deputy director of UK’s Soca. “These networks pay no attention to cultural or geographical barriers and launder money for … UK, Pakistani and Turkish nationals based in the UK and mainland Europe involved in drugs trafficking.” Related Itemslast_img

Delhi Cabinets nod to proposal for supporting sportspersons

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) The Delhi Cabinet today approved the education departments mission of excellence in sports proposal under which it will provide financial assistance of up to Rs 16 lakh to talented sportspersons.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said a sportsperson will be supported for his or her needs like food, sports equipment, sports kits, training and travel, boarding and lodging within the country and abroad and medical needs.The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.The scheme also aims to provide state-funded support to compete for selection in forthcoming major international events like ?- the 2020 Olympics, the 2022 Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games 2022 and the 2024 Olympics etc.”The government will provide financial assistance of up to Rs 16 lakh to selected sportspersons. It aims to provide support to budding sportspersons and for those who have brought laurels to Delhi at national and international level.”It will support top level sportspersons for receiving training and coaching to compete in international championships,” Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said.He said a list of games and disciplines will be prepared by the Committee of Experts (CoE) comprising awarded sportespersons and other members.The player will be selected if he or she has figured in the top eight national ranking or rating in individual sports as on December 31 of a previous calendar year, in his or her respective age category.”There will be no age limit under the scheme. The player should be a bona fide resident of Delhi for the last three years to avail the scheme,” Sisodia also said. PTI BUN TIRadvertisementlast_img read more

ISL: Bengaluru register 3-0 win against Pune

first_imgPune, Oct 22 (IANS) A quick-fire first-half brace from Sunil Chhetri and another powerful finish from Miku set up a majestic 3-0 win for Bengaluru FC against FC Pune City in the Indian Super League (ISL) clash at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium here on Monday.Bengaluru led 2-0 at the breather with Chhetri striking in the 41st and 43rd minutes while Venezuelan striker Miku completed the rout in the 64th minute.The win saw Bengaluru FC race to the top of the table with seven points and a better goal difference compared to NorthEast United FC, while Pune have just one point after three matches.Bengaluru FC were the early aggressors and had an opportunity to score in the 15th minute when Matt Mills’ poor first-touch allowed Miku to nick the ball off the defender. The Venezuelan striker dribbled into the box before curling the ball over the bar from a tight angle. Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh used his height to great effect to keep out a dipping free-kick effort by Marcelinho. The Brazilian’s stunning take looked destined to hit the top right corner of the net but the Blues custodian dived to his left to pull off a terrific save. As the two sides stood tight at the back, clear-cut chances were hard to come by. Dimas Delgado’s in-swinging corner-kick found Chhetri unmarked in the centre of the box but the striker’s header was straight at the goalkeeper. Bengaluru’s best chance of the first half came in the 40th minute when Udanta Singh was released down the right flank by Miku. The winger crossed perfectly for Chhetri in the centre whose effort struck agonisingly wide from close range. The Blues skipper made amends for his miss with a goal a minute later. He beat Pune’s offside trap to receive Delgado’s long diagonal from the right and placed a neat finish past goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to give his side the lead. Chhetri doubled his side’s lead within two minutes. Another long ball from the back was poorly cleared by the Pune defence. Miku pounced on the loose ball before releasing Chhetri into the box who skipped past Sarthak Golui’s challenge to complete the move. Soon after the restart, the visitors threatened again. Udanta intercepted a pass and lobbed the ball over the defence for Miku to chase but the striker, once he got to the byline, took too long to cross and the delay allowed Martin Diaz to slide in with a tackle. Miku’s physical prowess and persistence helped Bengaluru add their third goal in the 64th minute. A long punt forward by Albert Serran fell to Miku who outmuscled Sahil Panwar and slammed home.Pune almost came up with an immediate response at the other end. Rahul Bheke failed to clear a long ball and Diego Carlos pounced onto it before sending a ferocious attempt that struck the outside of the post and sailed out. –IANSgau/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

Joining PSG a step back for Neymar – Ronaldo

first_imgTransfers Ronaldo: Neymar took a step back leaving Barca for PSG Sacha Pisani 15:56 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Neymar-cropped AFP Transfers PSG Barcelona Ligue 1 Neymar The 2002 World Cup winner says that the attacker’s decision to move to France is not one that will help him advance his level Neymar’s decision to swap La Liga giants Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain was a step backwards, according to Brazil legend Ronaldo.Eyebrows were raised when Neymar left Lionel Messi and Barca in a world-record deal after French powerhouses PSG activated the Brazil international’s €222 million buyout clause in August.Neymar has starred for PSG, scoring 20 goals in all competitions – 11 of those strikes in Ligue 1 – but in an interview with ex-Brazil international Zico via YouTube, former Barca striker Ronaldo said: “Sportingly, the decision is a step back. 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 “But there are challenges that everyone seeks.”I played in Barcelona at the time and went to Inter when the Italian championship was much more competitive.”Neymar was on target on Wednesday as PSG defeated 10-man Amiens 2-0 to reach the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals.PSG are back in action against Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes in Ligue 1 on Sunday.last_img read more

16 days agoLionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi has hinted he’s willing to play out his career with Barcelona.Messi, speaking on RAC1, insists he and his family are happy and settled in the city.He explained: “My idea has always been to stay here, it has always been the case and it has not changed. “An extension? I think not, I do not have all the information about it, but for the moment there is nothing according to what my father tells me. Whenever there were negotiations, I always stayed away from the discussions because there were never any problems, everything was always clear. “Today, my idea and that of my family is to finish my career here. Especially because I’m settled in the club and I feel good within the club, after for family reasons, because we are happy in this city, and for my sons also not to change their friendships and break them, I lived it and it had hurt me a lot on a personal level.” last_img read more

K Line Unit Becomes Part of Indian Shipowners Association

first_imgzoom A subsidiary of Japan’s shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, K Line (India) Shipping Private (KLISP), joined the Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) at the end of January 2017.“By becoming an INSA member, we anticipate this will enable us to become more actively engaged in the Indian shipping industry as well as become even more deeply rooted in activities of the local market,” K Line said.Established in 2014, KLISP takes part in the country’s coastal trade as well as international trade business as an Indian shipping company.Earlier this year, the company entered into a long-term consecutive voyage contract (CVC) contract with an Indian charterer.In December 2016, KLISP expanded its fleet as it purchased the Indian-flagged bulk carrier Ganga K. With the acquisition of the 58,000 dwt bulker, KLISP was officially entitled to join INSA.last_img read more

Ggn low ground water reserves to be replenished

first_imgGurugram: It has now been more than eight years since Gurugram was declared a dark zone which implies to the region having low groundwater reserves.After the concern expressed by the Chief Minister ML Khattar, now government agencies have begun to take measures towards enhancing the groundwater reserves. To effectively implement the Zero Rainwater Discharge plan approved by the state government this week, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has decided to ensure that individual houses, group housing complexes, and commercial buildings in private colonies have a functional rainwater harvesting system as per Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagarrules. Occupancy certificates of properties that violate the rules prescribed for rainwater harvesting will be cancelled, said KM Pandurang, director, DTCP. Teams from the DTCP will start inspecting rainwater harvesting facilities in various residential and commercial complexes across the city. There are over 125 pits that come under the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. However, lack of proper maintenance and inability to check encroachments have ensured that these pits have not been of any utility. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceLast year with the aid of a private organisation the municipal body had started the process of cleaning the pits. However, in the later months, this exercise gradually fizzled out. The district administration had also directed various private schools that have a large area to create water harvesting pits. However, this action was also not followed up. The push for rainwater harvesting comes in the wake of Haryana chief minister(CM) Manohar Lal Khattar strongly advocating zero rainwater discharge system in Gurugram. Moreover, a project that will be overseen by the Chief Minister wherein sewage water will be treated for usage. HUDA department will keep a record of treated water taken by each builder from its Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and whether it was sufficient to meet its needs.last_img read more

HC pulls up govt for not complying with order banning slaughter of

first_imgDehradun: The Uttarakhand High Court has come down heavily on the state government for not complying with its order prohibiting slaughter of animals in the open. Slamming the state government, Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma said if it failed to produce an order staying the high court’s prohibition on slaughtering of animals by August 20, sale of all meat in the state will be stopped unless their source was verified. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Warning against non-compliance of court orders, the bench said in case the state fails to produce a stay order when the petition is heard next on August 20, the court may direct senior superintendents of police and district magistrates of all districts to stop sale of any meat which has not been slaughtered in a legal slaughterhouse. The High Court had banned slaughter of all animals in the open in September, 2018 asking authorities to ensure that they are slaughtered only in legal slaughterhouses. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Arguing on behalf of the petitioner, counsel Kartikeya Hari Gupta informed the court that the state government has already filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the HC order banning slaughter of animals in the open but the apex court has granted no stay against the HC order. The chief justice observed that notices on the petition were issued by the apex court in April but till date the state has failed to show any stay order. In this light, the HC order banning the slaughter of animals in the open stands and needs to be complied with in letter and sprit, the Chief Justice said.last_img read more

She tried to murder me Nicholas Butcher says as defence closes its

first_imgHALIFAX – Nicholas Butcher insisted Monday that the Montreal-born yoga instructor he’s accused of killing actually tried to kill him, as the defence closed its case at the second-degree murder trial.Butcher, the lone defence witness, told the 14-member jury the pair had been sleeping at Kristin Johnston’s home on March 26, 2016, when he awoke to someone stabbing him in the throat with a knife.The 36-year-old law school graduate testified that it was dark and he couldn’t see who it was, but managed to grab the knife and fight back — realizing seconds later he’d killed Johnston.During her cross-examination, Crown lawyer Carla Ball noted wounds on Butcher’s neck were located symmetrically on the right and left sides and in the centre — a pattern she suggested would be hard to achieve if someone had attacked him in the dark.She suggested Butcher’s neck wounds were self-inflicted.“The next thing she knows is that a knife is being plunged repeatedly into her neck by you until you are satisfied that she is dead,” Ball said, raising her voice.“And then you thought, ‘What am I going to do? I have to kill myself’ … and you took that knife and thought, ‘I watched her die by the knife being plunged into her neck so I’m going to use that knife and do the same thing to myself. That’s what you did, didn’t you?”Butcher denied Ball’s suggestions.“She tried to murder me,” Butcher said calmly in a deep voice.Dr. Jonathan Trites, a head and neck surgeon, had testified that Butcher had 13 sharp wounds on his neck.Ball also pointed out that Johnston had 10 wounds on her neck, but Butcher testified he stabbed her about four times. He did not offer an explanation for the discrepancy.She noted Butcher told a police officer “sorry” after they arrived on the scene, and told a doctor at the hospital he had “messed up.”“That’s because you took that knife quite intentionally and plunged it 10 times into Kristin’s neck,” said Ball.Butcher replied, “No. It was not intentional.”Breaking down on the stand last week, Butcher told the jury he tried to kill himself after realizing he had killed Johnston. He said he slit his wrist with the knife, a razor blade, and then cut off his right hand with a mitre saw. His hand was surgically reattached.Medical examiner Dr. Marnie Wood testified that Johnston had “defensive injuries” on her hands and fingers.Butcher was in a relationship with the 32-year-old yoga teacher, but friends of Johnston’s testified in Nova Scotia Supreme Court she had broken up with him hours before her death.Butcher, a graduate of Dalhousie University law school who was having difficulty finding an articling job, acknowledged Monday that he was $200,000 in debt from school.The jury heard messages in which Butcher told his landlord how “stressed” he was over his inability to pay rent on time.The jury heard from 32 witnesses over 14 court days. Lawyers will make closing submissions on Thursday.Butcher has pleaded not guilty.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Ban strongly condemns series of bomb attacks outside Baghdad mosques

“Attacks against places of worship cannot be justified by any political or religious cause,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. “These attacks appear to be aimed at provoking sectarian strife and undermining stability in Iraq.”Media reports say a series of bombs exploded within an hour of each other outside five mosques across the city either during or just after Friday prayers.In the statement Mr. Ban appealed to Iraqis to “remain steadfast in their efforts to resolve differences through dialogue and achieve national reconciliation,” and pledged the continued commitment of the United Nations to helping the Iraqi people. 31 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored today’s apparently coordinated series of bomb attacks against five Shi’a mosques across Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, which have killed or injured dozens of people. read more

Swiss minaret ban discriminates against Muslims says UN expert

“I have deep concerns at the negative consequences that the outcome of the vote will have on the freedom of religion or belief of members of the Muslim community in Switzerland,” Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, stated in a news release. “Indeed, a ban on minarets amounts to an undue restriction of the freedom to manifest one’s religion and constitutes a clear discrimination against members of the Muslim community in Switzerland,” she added, also noting that the UN Human Rights Committee stated a month ago that such a ban is contrary to the country’s obligations under international human rights law. “This vote reminds us that no societies are immune to religious intolerance,” stressed Ms. Jahangir, adding that “it is therefore more than ever necessary to continue raising awareness and educating people about religious diversity, enabling all societies to adopt an enlightened and progressive attitude towards the beliefs of other communities.” Doing so will help to eliminate the grounds for “irrational fears” towards Muslims, which have been exploited in Switzerland for political purposes,” she warned.The Special Rapporteur urged authorities in Switzerland, which has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to take the necessary measures to fully protect the right to freedom of religion or belief for the Muslim community. Ms. Jahangir, who carries out her work in an independent and unpaid capacity, reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. 30 November 2009An independent United Nations expert on religious freedom today voiced regret at the Swiss vote to ban the construction of new minarets, stating that such a prohibition clearly discriminates against Muslims. read more

Twoyearold who swallowed teddy bear eye making fast recovery after surgery

Waiting for an update while Wudwud was in surgery was nerve-wracking for Gabora, but doctors said the surgery went well and, after being kept under anesthesia for a day afterward, Wudwud was happy and asking for her favourite song to be played.“The first time she woke up she was asking for Baby Shark, putting her two fingers together the way she does, so (we) knew then that she was going to be OK,” said Gabora with a laugh. “She started sitting up (and) playing.”Gabora is hopeful Wudwud will soon be able to eat liquid food again — the first time she has swallowed her food since she had a feeding tube inserted into her stomach in February.“Once she can actually take something down and actually swallow again, that would be the best we can hope for right now,” said Gabora. She said Wudwud will likely be released from the hospital in the next week or two, although she will still need to go back to Saskatoon for frequent updates afterward.With severe scar tissue left on one lung and a tiny hole left in her stomach, Gabora said the two-year-old will likely need to be on asthma and stomach medication for the rest of her life. But she believes that is a small price to pay after what her granddaughter has gone through.To help the family cover the cost of frequent trips to Saskatoon, Gabora started a GoFundMe.lgiesbrecht@postmedia.com Cyndi Gabora / Submitted More than a year after Hailey Wudwud swallowed a teddy bear eye, the Regina toddler has now come through major surgery and is making a speedy recovery.“It’s turning out better than I expected. I expected months of recovery and it just seems to be going so fast,” said Cyndi Gabora, Wudwud’s grandmother in an interview Tuesday. She noted even the doctors seemed impressed with the two-year-old’s quick progress.Wudwud’s parents first noticed she was having trouble breathing last July. Months of appointments with doctors and specialists followed. In February, she saw another specialist in Saskatoon who called for a bronchoscopy — a procedure that would show the inside of Wudwud’s air passages — to be done the next day. The bronchoscopy revealed a plastic eye from a teddy bear stuck in the lower part of her esophagus.Because the eyeball had been lodged in her esophagus for so long, her tissue had grown around it. The immediate surgery to remove the object left a hole in the airway.Wudwud underwent a 12-hour surgery Thursday at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, where surgeons used part of her stomach to replace the torn part of her esophagus.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Two-year-old Hailey Wudwud is making a speedy recovery in Royal University Hospital after a 12-hour surgery. Doctors used part of her stomach to replace part of her esophagus that had torn when she swallowed a plastic teddy bear eye. (Photo courtesy of Cyndi Gabora) read more

Dominion Resources buying Questar for about 44 billion

FILE – This Wednesday, April 29, 2015, file photo, shows Dominion Power’s coal fired power plant along the James River in Chester, Va. Dominion Resources announced Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, that it is buying Questar for approximately $4.4 billion, a big reach to the West for the East coast energy company. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Dominion Resources buying Questar for about $4.4 billion by The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2016 5:55 am MDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Dominion Resources will spend approximately $4.4 billion to acquire Questar in a big reach to the West for the East Coast energy company.Dominion is a power producer in the mid-Atlantic region. Questar is in the Rockies and a principal source of gas supply to Western states.There was a rush of deals last year among energy companies who are bulking up with demand weak and energy prices plunging.That includes utilities, which are increasingly switching from coal to natural gas, as they seek more control over their cost input.Last year Duke Energy Corp., a major power provider in the Southeast, spent almost $5 billion to acquire Piedmont Natural Gas Co.Dominion, with Questar, would serve about 4.8 million electric and gas customer accounts in seven states and would operate more than 15,500 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipelines.Questar shareholders will receive $25 per share, a 23 per cent premium to its Friday closing price of $20.39. The deal also includes the assumption of Questar’s outstanding debt.Questar Corp. will keep its headquarters in Salt Lake City. Its stock surged more than 20 per cent Monday before the opening bell.The transaction is targeted to close by the end of the year, according to Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources Inc. The deal still needs approval from Questar shareholders and clearance from the Federal Trade Commission.The companies said that, if needed, they will file for review and approval from the Utah Public Service Commission and the Wyoming Public Service Commission and will give information about the transaction to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. read more

Pc pictured on duty outside burning shop in Manchester riots one of

first_imgThe Independent Police Complaints Commission said it was aiding the investigation. Two serving police officers have been suspended after they were arrested on suspicion of dealing Class A drugs. Greater Manchester Police Pcs Kerry Reeve and Adam Jackson, both 35, were reportedly among four people held in connection with the investigation.Pc Reeve, who serves in a Tactical Aid Unit, was pictured on duty outside a burning Miss Selfridge store in Manchester during the August 2011 riots. Greater Manchester Police confirmed two of the arrested people were serving officers.A spokesman said: “As part of an ongoing operation, officers from GMP executed a number of warrants in Middleton, Haslingden and Bacup.”They arrested two men and a woman, all aged 35, on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.”A further arrest of a 29-year-old man was made on February 17. One of the men and the woman are serving officers with GMP. “The officers have been suspended. All four have been bailed pending further enquiries.” Kerry Reeve previously wrote on social media: ‘don’t mess with the best ‘cos the best don’t mess’Credit:Myspace Kerry Reeve Pc Kerry Reeve is reportedly among four people held in connection with the investigationCredit:Myspace 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.center_img It said in a statement: “We’re supervising an investigation conducted by Greater Manchester Police into allegations against two officers concerning the supply of drugs.”The IPCC is regularly updated on progress and will be informed of the outcome in due course.” Pc Kerry Reeve Kerry Reeve Pc Kerry Reeve serves in a Tactical Aid Unit at Greater Manchester PoliceCredit:Myspace In a series of pictures posted on social media, she wrote: “Don’t mess with the best ‘cos the best don’t mess.”The Sun reported that Pc Reeve shouted at its reporter to “f— off” when they visited her home in Middleton, Greater Manchester.Both she and Pc Jackson, of Bacup, Lancashire, have been suspended amid the drugs investigation.The two other arrests were of men aged 35 and 29. All four have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.last_img read more

Vote for Womens EHF CL MVP Popovic leads ahead Gorbitz

Anita GorbitzBojana PopovićClara WolteringHeidi LokeKatarina BulatovicWomen’s EHF CL MVP You have still time to vote for the Women’s EHF Champions League 2011/2012 MVP on our Facebook Poll. After four days about 400 votes put Bojana Popovic as a leader (44,08%) ahead of Anita Gorbitz (38,7%). Three other players are far away, but it’s still enough time until Friday to change something.CURRENT STATS:Bojana Popovic 44,1%Anita Gorbitz 38,7%Clara Woltering 8,5%Heidi Loke 4,1%Katarina Bulatovic 3,8% ← Previous Story Ljubo Vukic goes to Brest Meshkov! Next Story → Alexandrina Barbosa joins Oltchim Valcea

Pylons penalty points plain packaging and everything else happening in Leinster House

first_imgCommittees: The main event at Leinster House today will be happening behind closed doors — but you can still expect this afternoon’s meeting of the high-profile Public Accounts Committee to generate plenty of media attention. The panel decided on Tuesday that it would hear evidence from a garda whistleblower on alleged malpractice in the penalty points system in private session. [2pm]Dáil: Pat Rabbitte kicks off proceedings in the chamber this morning at 9.30am, answering queries on issues of direct concern to his department. The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is likely to be be hit with plenty of questions on the controversial issue of pylons — he announced this week that a panel would look at the possibility of putting the high-voltage ‘Grid Link’ and ‘Grid-West’  power-lines underground.Dáil: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore gets his weekly grilling from the opposition as he takes Leader’s Questions at midday Order of Business in the upper chamber begins at 10.30am, and at 11.45am we’ll have statements on “The Humanitarian Situation in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic”.Senators have their go at ‘topical issues’ directly afterwards, raising issues of concern to them in ‘Matters on the Adjournment‘.Everything happening in the committees:The issue of plain pack cigarettes will be the main focus of the Joint Committee on Health and Children when it meets at 9.30am. The panel of TDs and senators will hear from the Irish Cancer Society, Ash Ireland and others on the subject. [Committee Room 2]The PAC will also be sitting this morning. They’ll be discussing the business of the committee itself from 10am, before moving on to consider a particular case from the Comptroller and Auditor General 2012 Annual Report, whereby the state was unable to deliver a promised Dublin site to a developer in an affordable homes deal. [Committee Room 1]Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here WANT TO KNOW what’s going on in Leinster House today?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.Here’s what we can expect to see happening in the Dáil, Seanad and committee rooms today…Four things we’ll be keeping an eye on: Everything else happening in the Dáil:The legislation paving the way for constituency changes ahead of the European elections on 23 May continues its progress through the Oireachtas from 10.45am: [European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Bill 2013 (Seanad) – Second Stage]After Leader’s Questions, it’s down to business once again, as work continues on the European elections Bill and three other pieces of legislation — they concern: reductions in allowances for politicians [The Oireachtas Ministerial and Parliamentary Allowances Bill]; the the dissolution of enterprise advisory board Forfás; and new rules for online bookies [Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013]. [From 12.51pm]The Dáil adjourns today at 5.30pm. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? Dáil: It’s a 4.42 start for Topical Issues today, as TDs raise issues they consider to be of concern to them, their constituents, and the country at large. The ongoing pylons debate, the planning of Irish Water, penalty points and the other issues of the week may or may not feature to some degree. Everything happening in the Seanad: last_img read more

Companies distance themselves from the NRA after latest school shooting

first_img THE NATIONAL RIFLE Association is facing a corporate backlash as companies take a closer look at their investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre.A handful of companies have ended discount programs with the NRA as the group aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week.The moves came as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members on its website. #BoycottNRA was trending on Twitter.Members of the NRA have access to special offers from partner companies on its website, ranging from life insurance to wine clubs. But the insurance company MetLife discontinued its discount program with the NRA yesterday. Car rental company Hertz and Symantec, the software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology, did the same.“We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz,” the company tweeted. Sunrise Tactical Supply in Coral Springs, Florida, where gunman Nikkolas Cruz was said to have bought the firearm he used. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesInsurer Chubb said it is ending participation in the NRA’s gun-owner insurance program, but it provided notice three months ago. The program that provided coverage for people involved in gun-related incidents or accidents had been under scrutiny by regulators over marketing issues.Those defections arrived after car rental company Enterprise Holdings, which also owns Alamo and National, said it was cutting off discounts for NRA members. First National Bank of Omaha, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks, announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.Other companies, including Wyndham Hotels and Best Western hotels, have let social media users know they are no longer affiliated with the NRA, though they did not make clear when the partnerships ended.The swiftness of the corporate reaction against the NRA has differed from that of past shootings, including the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that claimed 26 lives and the killing of 58 people in Las Vegas last fall, said Bob Spitzer, a political scientist at SUNY Cortland and a scholar on gun politics. Spitzer said the reaction was likely a reaction to the student mobilisation that followed the Florida shooting, but he said it was too soon tell how significantly it will sway the country’s wider gun debate“If this is as far as it goes, it probably won’t have any measurable effect. If other companies continue to (cut ties) it can start to have an adverse public relations effect,” Spitzer said. “Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that.” Source: DPA/PA ImagesSpitzer noted that it was not the first time big business has been pulled into the gun debate. In 2014, Chipotle asked customers not to bring firearms into its stores after gun-rights advocates brought military-style rifles into one of its Texas restaurants. A year earlier, Starbucks Corp. made a similar statement after the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting.Larry Hutcher, a lawyer who specialises in commercial law and litigation, said companies are reacting to a perception that public opinion is shifting on gun regulation. Polls show growing support for gun control measures, including 97% backing for universal background checks in a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday.“It’s based on the fact that these companies and their marketing officers are reading the tea leaves. It makes economic sense to get on the side of the majority of Americans,” said Hutcher, co-managing partner of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP.NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference that those advocating for stricter gun control are exploiting the Florida shooting.President Donald Trump has aligned himself with the NRA, suggesting some teachers could be armed so that they could fire on any attacker. However, Trump has also called for raising the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles, a move the NRA opposes. By Associated Press Share46 Tweet Email Read: Armed policeman at Parkland school ‘never went in’ to confront shooter Feb 24th 2018, 2:46 PM Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 2:46 PM Image: Wilfredo Lee 23,503 Views center_img Short URL 91 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3869973 Image: Wilfredo Lee Companies distance themselves from the NRA after latest school shooting The moves came as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jon Stewart announced for WWE SummerSlam PPV updated card for this Sunday

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Mayurnath Reve Now Playing Up Next Pinterest motosada August 16, 2016 at 12:42 am Triple H or his inevitable interference will somehow have finn come out the victor, or some other screwy outcome (a draw, someone else wins the title, etc, etc). him being involved is so asinine. i get it, he’s a professional wrestling fan, as has been since he was a kid, which is cool, but his involvement is useless, and it makes no sense (even the 1st time he did it). this isn’t going to boost ratings/pay-per-view buy rates at all, so… why bother? ugh, just another lapse in wwe creative’s “brain power”. 4 COMMENTS Videos Articles New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next August 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm WhatsApp Xavier Woods Videos Articles Stewie Just Said That! b d Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img August 16, 2016 at 6:51 am Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter We need this cuck back on WWE TV why, exactly? Google+ So, the now THIRD match between Cesaro and Sheamus is going to be the FIRST in a best of SEVEN series? Uggggggghhhh…. As much as I want Cesaro to clean this up in four, I know it won’t happen. It’s gonna be a long stretch between SummerSlam and whatever Raw’s September Special Event is. Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WWE announced on Monday night during RAW that former host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart would be making an appearance at SummerSlam this Sunday night in Brooklyn.Also added to SummerSlam is Cesaro vs. Sheamus in the first match of a Best of Seven Series and Big Cass and Enzo Amore vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens.BREAKING: As revealed by #RAW GM @RealMickFoley, #JonStewart will return to @SummerSlam! https://t.co/B3FHdHhP2x pic.twitter.com/rtYA3YWeQe— WWE (@WWE) August 16, 2016Here is the updated card for SummerSlam this Sunday.Brock Lesnar vs. Randy OrtonJohn Cena vs. AJ StylesWWE World Championship MatchDean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph ZigglerMatch to crown the first ever WWE Universal ChampionSeth Rollins vs. Finn BalorWWE United States Championship MatchRusev (c) vs. Roman ReignsBest of Seven Series – Match #1Sheamus vs. CesaroWWE Intercontinental Championship MatchThe Miz (c) vs. Apollo CrewsWWE Tag Team Championships MatchThe New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c’s) vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows)Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin OwensWWE Women’s Championship MatchSasha Banks (c) vs. CharlotteRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Well… I guess Jon Stewart will again interfere in Rollins’ match and screw Finn out of a title shot. WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Facebook The Miz August 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Comments are closed.last_img read more