Varane Madrid must learn how to grind out results

first_imgDefender Raphael Varane admits Real Madrid must learn how to grind out wins if they want to have a good campaign.The Frenchman was speaking following a week experienced a week of mixed results after edging narrow victories over Huesca and Rayo Vallecano but suffered a massive home loss to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.“To make this a good season we have to know how to suffer,” Varane told Football Espana via BeIn Sports after his side edged to a 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We had the opportunity to kill the game in the first half and we did not, but we worked well to win three important points.“We are going to the Club World Cup with a lot of enthusiasm, we are going to give our best.”Solari’s men will continue their quest for a fourth Champions League crown in a row when they confront Ajax in the last 16 next year.last_img read more

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Pinnick to discuss potential Super Eagles return with Moses

first_imgNigerian Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has revealed he’ll meet with Victor Moses to consider a return to the national team.The Chelsea wingback announced his retirement from international football back in August 2018 sighting family and club commitment as reasons for his decision.The 28-year-old who made his debut for the Nigerian national team against Rwanda in 2012 played a huge role in helping the west Africans claim the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.Pinnick believes the former Crystal Palace Player deserves a ceremonious exit from the national team as he hopes to convince him back to the squad.“I believe he is someone that has paid his dues and he shouldn’t just leave Nigerian football unceremoniously. I talk to him every day and I make him understand that he can still return,” Pinnick told Channels TV, as quoted by Goal.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He can’t just say he is going and we let him go just like that. I will be meeting with him and his agent soon at a roundtable and even if he wants to go, there must be a ceremony for him to go.”“Just like what England did for Wayne Rooney. We must celebrate them at every point in time.”“Even if he says I’m begging him, I don’t mind. It is not as if we don’t have players, but we need to encourage our players so that others will know that even when they retire, we still have them in mind, even though some of them retire because of ego.”last_img read more

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KNWR Three Skilak Area Campgrounds Closed Following Bear Incident

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has temporarily closed three area campgrounds to tent camping for public safety. For additional information, contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge office during regular business hours at (907) 262-7021. The three campgrounds are; Lower Ohmer, Upper Skilak, and Engineer Lake. Camping in hard- sided recreational vehicles is still permitted and campgrounds remain open to day-use. The closest alternative campgrounds for tent camping are Hidden Lake and Lower Skilak. The refuge on Saturday, July 21, received reports of a black bear damaging a camper’s tent in the Refuge’s Lower Ohmer Campground and scratching the single occupant.last_img

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Overnight Fire Destroys Former Anchor Point Seafoods Building

first_imgMutual aid was requested from Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Ninilchik Emergency Services. HVFD responded with a Tanker and Utility vehicle and 4 firefighters and NES with a Tanker and 2 firefighters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchor Point Fire & EMS and Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to a fully engulfed structure fire at 34621 North Fork Road on Saturday January 26, at 11:42 pm. Marsh: “Although the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, complete suppression efforts were delayed by nearly 2 hours until crews from HEA arrived to shut down the power to the structure in order to ensure the safety of firefighters working on scene.” Jon Marsh Deputy Chief Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Services: “Eleven firefighters from Anchor Point responded with an Engine, Tanker, Ambulance and multiple utility vehicles. Crews arrived to find an approximately 3000 square foot structure fully involved.”The building, the former location of Anchor Point Seafoods, was reported by neighbors present on scene to be vacant for several years. Crews remained on scene until shortly after 5am on Sunday in order to fully extinguish the fire. The structure is considered to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.last_img read more

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Mediaweek Brandweek Folding into Adweek

first_imgThis story appeared first at FOLIO: sister site minonline. Mediaweek and Brandweek will be folding into Adweek in coming days. Notes atop the respective Prometheus Global media sites yesterday (April 11) told readers, “In the upcoming weeks, Mediaweek.com [and Brandweek.com] will become part of the new completely redesigned Adweek.com. You’ll still get the brand marketing news you seek out here, but in an enhanced site with an unmatched user experience. Look forward to exclusive content, more video and new interactivity – coming soon!” Similar notes accompanied the print issues of all three publications this week.Read the rest of the story here.last_img

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UBM TechWeb Buys Online Marketing Summit

first_imgWhile the 2011 OMS event generated about $1.1 million in revenues, the value of its gross assets at time of acquisition were about $200,000. UBM says it expects to exceed the cost of capital of the deal in its first full year of ownership.On the surface, the summit is a good fit with TechWeb, given the group’s push into marketing-as-a-service. TechWeb’s audience consists mostly of CIOs and IT executives and managers. InformationWeek and Interop are two core brands, but the group also produces the Black Hat event, among many others, and information and event brands in the telecommunication and gaming markets.But TechWeb’s marketing services group could leverage OMS as a brand for its digital marketing clients who use TechWeb as a provider of integrated marketing services to reach its audience. According to TechWeb CEO Tony Uphoff, OMS could provide some integration opportunities with the group’s other events, especially overseas. “Our mission at UBM TechWeb is about all things technology,” says Uphoff. “We see marketing as the next big tech frontier. The acquisition of Online Marketing Summit is the perfect addition to other successful UBM properties, and we’re hoping to integrate with these brands like Technology for Marketing and Advertising (TFM&A) in India, China and the UK, Internet World in the UK, and E-Commerce Expo in the UK. Finally, Online Marketing Summit perfectly complements our Marketing-as-a-Service business. Online Marketing Summit’s deep education, world class library of online tutorial, and a first time show floor delivers on all principles of Marketing-as-a-Service, fusing quality content, engaged audiences, user experience, and business analytics with the latest digital technologies to cost-effectively deliver sustainable marketing programs.” UBM TechWeb has acquired the Online Marketing Summit. The event, with its next edition taking place early February in San Diego, attracts approximately 1,500 attendees and generates about $1.1 million in revenues.The Online Marketing Summit grew out of the Online Marketing Institute, an organization providing training and certification programs for the various permutations of online marketing-email, social media, SEO, demand generation, and so on. The summit, the OMI’s main event, launched in 2007.OMS co-founder Aaron Kahlow will continue on as conference director and the Online Marketing Institute will remain an independent organization.”With UBM TechWeb, the Online Marketing Summit will grow to serve our audiences with an even more world class content, deep educatioal workshops and a first ever Expo showcasing the hottest new tools and solutions,” Kahlow says in a prepared statement. last_img read more

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OBITUARY Jay Traynor 63

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Jay Traynor, 63 years old of Tewksbury, MA, died peacefully at home with his beloved family by his side. Throughout his short battle with cancer, he maintained a positive outlook and never lost his sense of humor.Jay was the devoted husband of Denise for 37 years, childhood sweethearts who met when they were just 14 years old in Woburn, MA. They moved to Tewksbury to start their family, bringing two sons into the world, James E. and Ryan D.His children were the love of Jay’s life. He was the coach for Jimmy and Ryan’s soccer, baseball and football teams, as well as the Cubmaster of Pack 49. He taught them about his love for fishing, hunting and camping, and passed on his passion for music, horror movies and motorcycles.There wasn’t a person Jay met who he did not call a friend, and remained close with childhood friends for over 50 years. One of Jay’s favorite activities was fishing at Plum Island with his dear friend, Mike Winn. Tony Ciampa was his first friend when he moved to Woburn from Medford. He met Sam Petricone, Jack Lynch, John Albano, John Swain, KC Hayes, Victor Minghella, Joe Ciccarelli, Bob Miguel, Bob Mearls, Jeff Holt and Brian Doyle soon after, and became lifelong friends/brothers. Through his sons, Jay also created new friends, Charlie Webber and Tim Dooley, who he loved dearly as well. Every one of Jay’s friends were alongside him every step of the way during this terrible time, and for that we are extremely grateful.Jay worked at H.B. Fuller for 20 years and devoted his spare time to community service, working on upgrading homes of the elderly in Wilmington and with the House of Hope in Lowell. He also worked at Wonder Bread, and at the Blaire House in Tewksbury. His compassion for the elderly came from the close relationship he had with his grandparents.Jay was preceded in death by his father, James (Jimmy), his mother, Janet, and his grandparents Eddie and Ann. He is survived by his wife, Denise, his son, James, his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Korinne, his sister, Marybeth, his brother, Paul, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He also had a very special bond with his nephew Jason Fogg.“At the end of your life, you will never regret not passing one more test, reaching one more verdict, closing one more deal. You will regret not spending time with your wife/husband, your children or a friend.” Barbara Bush.Calling hours are Thursday, March 21, from 4-8 p.m. at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. His funeral procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. William’s Church, 1351 Main St., Rte. 38, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made on line to Pug Rescue of New England, http://www.pugrescueofnewengland.org or mailed to P.O. Box 441667, West Somerville, MA 02644.Jay Traynor(NOTE: The above obituary is from Farmer & Dee Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Robert “Bob” Alan Coste, 59In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Nissan and Mobileye are teaming up on ProPilot 20

first_img Intel Nissan Nissan Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 26 Photos 2:57 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car Enlarge ImageProPilot 2.0 allows for hands-free driving on the highway and that ability is powered by Mobileye’s EyeQ4 SOC. Nissan Nissan’s ProPilot Assist was one of the first super-advanced driver-aid suites to be made widely available in an affordable car. It worked well when we tested it, and we were pretty excited when Nissan announced it was working on a Version 2.0.Now we know that Nissan’s not doing Version 2.0 by itself, and that has us even more excited — because it’s working with Intel’s Mobileye to power its hands-off freeway driving feature. Mobileye confirmed the partnership, along with a similar partnership with China’s NIO on Thursday.Specifically, Mobileye’s EyeQ4 system-on-a-chip will be employed by both Nissan and NIO to do some of the computational heavy lifting on the complicated task of safely allowing hands-off, navigated highway driving. Nissan’s version gets a further boost, thanks to Mobileye’s RoadBook system.RoadBook is unique in that it uses aggregated data from vehicles around the world and across a range of manufacturers (so long as they’re equipped with an EyeQ4 system, which Mobileye estimates will be around 20 million vehicles in the next few years) to create high-definition maps for use in self-driving. Nissan will be the first manufacturer to employ the system en masse.Mobileye and Nissan already worked together on a project in 2018 to map all 15,000 miles of Japan’s expressways using an earlier version of RoadBook, and because the maps are being continuously updated and added to in almost real-time, these maps can be used in the development of autonomous vehicles. 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Originally publsihed Aug. 22.Update, Aug. 23: Removes a quote from Mobileye’s CEO at Mobileye’s request.center_img Take an assisted ride with Nissan ProPilot tech on 2018… 2019 Nissan Murano review: Freshened, but not fresh enough 0 Share your voice Tags Intel Mobileye’s autonomous cars in Jerusalem Auto Tech Autonomous Vehicles More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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Microsoft May See Another Major Retrenchment Says Report

first_imgGlobal tech giant Microsoft is expected to announce another round of significant job cuts as part of its restructuring efforts to reduce costs in a rapidly changing technology industry.However, the latest cuts are an extension of layoffs announced by Microsoft last year, sources close to the development told The New York Times.Last year, Microsoft had planned to retrench nearly 18,000 employees in the company.The new layoffs are likely to occur in company’s hardware division and smartphone unit, among others.Microsoft had an employee base of over 118,000 people across its offices worldwide by the end of March this year.In an email to the company’s employees last month, Microsoft’s chief executive Satya Nadella had said that the company would have to “make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value”.Last week, AOL struck a deal with Microsoft to acquire its online display advertising business. Display advertising accounted for only a minor part of Microsoft’s revenues.Another area of concern for Microsoft is its falling market share in the smartphone business, ever since it took over Nokia’s handset unit. Further, Microsoft has been struggling to position its Windows Phone operating system as a big alternative to the top two mobile operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.A management rejig at Microsoft last month saw four of its senior executives, including former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop and an ex-advisor to former US President Bill Clinton, Mark Penn, leaving the company.However, the company is unlikely to quit the smartphone business in short term, taking into account the growing importance of mobile segment in the technology industry.last_img read more

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Budget 2017 Industry body Assocham bats for February 1 as the DDay

first_imgAmid growing clamour by Opposition parties to defer the Union Budget till March 11 in view of upcoming polls in five states, Assocham said on Sunday that the Budget advancement to February 1 would help the government to begin its capital and other expenditures right from April and revive the economic growth in the country.Assocham warns of export disruptions as Donald Trump ups the ante on free tradeOpposition parties have slammed the move arguing that by presenting the Budget on February, the government is trying to bypass the Election Commission’s (EC) model code of conduct whereby it can announce sops through the Budget before the assembly elections and hence gain politically.While appealing to political parties to let the Union Budget for 2017-18 be presented on February 1, the apex industry body said the decision of the government for advancing the date of the Budget is well thought out from the point of view of a revival of the economic sentiment.”As is evident, the consumer demands as also corporate investment have rather been subdued owing to a host of factors. Under these circumstances, the only option in the immediate future is the government expenditure gathering pace and creating a positive cycle of economic revival,” Assocham secretary general D S Rawat said in a press statement. He clarified that, in the earlier arrangement, when the Budget was presented on the last working day of February, its full and final passage could take place in the middle of May with the result that by the time the money is available with the individual ministries and departments, half the financial year is completed.”This typically leads to back-loading, rather than front-loading of the government expenditure of the order of Rs 20 lakh crore, which itself is a strong trigger for boosting the economic activity. The bundling of expenditure in the last few months also affects the quality of government spending as the pressure to exhaust the allocated outlays in the set period leads to rush jobs,” Rawat said.Assocham highlighted that with early Budget allocations, the quality of spending would certainly improve, particularly in sectors like roads, highways, ports, irrigation projects and the railways.last_img read more

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2s Mr Bajaj aka Karan Grover missing wife Bipasha

first_imgKaran Singh GroverTwitterKaran Singh Grover made a dashing entry as Mr Bajaj in hit show Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 and has already impressed fans with his acting chops and of course his suave, salt and pepper looks. Recently, Karan along with the show’s lead pair Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes and the other cast and crew flew off to Switzerland to shoot an important sequence of the show.Although it has been just two days since the team left, Karan has already started missing his better half, Bipasha Basu. He took to his Instagram handle to share a collage of the two along with a caption that read, “Miss you lots already Ami Aschi!” To which Bipasha replied, “I know my love ❤️”Later, Bipasha too shared the same picture on social media and said, “Miss you already … come back soonly ❤️ #smissyou #monkeylove #cuddlepumpkin #cutiepatootie #papabumba” Aren’t just too cute?”Meanwhile, in the upcoming episodes of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, Mr Bajaj’s entry will create havoc in Anurag and Prerna’s lives. Although it is known that Prerna, who is excited to marry Anurag, will end up tying the knot with Mr Bajaj, it will be interesting to see how things turn up. Fans are also eagerly waiting to find out what’s in store for them in the Switzerland sequence.Coming to Karan, in a recent interview with Indian Express, he was asked if he had any second thoughts on playing an older character with salt and pepper look, the actor said that he would’ve played Mr Bajaj even if he was 300-year-old.When asked if he followed Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 and what he his views were of Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan as Prerna and Anurag, Karan said, “I did follow it in the beginning, it’s Kasautii after all. And now I have watched a lot of recent episodes. I think both Parth and Erica are absolutely brilliant. They look great as Anurag and Prerna. They have added a lot to the character and are doing an amazing job. No one can touch Shweta Tiwari’s work but from what I have seen, the actors are lovable and doing awesome.”last_img read more

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Gang cons people out of money assuring jobs

first_imgGang cons people out of money assuring jobs The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) have nabbed five members of a gang involved in duping retired persons and making off with their hard-earned savings.At a press conference at the PBI Dhaka metro office in Agargaon on Saturday, it was said that the gang members were arrested on Friday from a house in Pallabi of the capital city.The arrested five are Mohammed Haroun Ar Rashid, Sanaj Saha, Shamsul Alam Majumdar, Aminul Islam and Mohammed Moksedur Rahman.PBI stated that so far this gang has conned 12 persons including a retired secretary, joint secretary, a senior bank official and other senior officers. The gang managed to swindle Tk 14.8 million from just one joint secretary alone.PBI additional DIG Mohammed Mainul Hasan said that the accused would first place a false job vacancy advertisement in the newspapers.The ad would state that priority would be given to retired bankers and retired civil and military officers. When the interested persons applied, the swindlers would target certain ones among them and bring them to their sham office.Mainul said the con men would then bring in another one of their associates, dressed in a suit, tie and hat, speaking in Hindi and acting as an Indian ‘marwari’ businessman. At one stage they would start up a card game, ‘winning’ hundreds of thousands of taka from the ‘Indian businessman’. They would cleverly win the job applicants’ confidence and propose that they become partners in their business. They would take money as investment from the targeted applicant and tell him to contact them later. But then they would pack up and leave the office with no trace.PBI Dhaka Metro’s special police super Mohammed Abul Kalam Azad said so far they had received complaints from 12 persons who were cheated.However, they felt, the number was probably higher. Cases have been filed against the arrested persons and a search is on for others of the gang.last_img read more

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PM Hasina fears country may turn dysfunctional if antiliberation forces return to

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will become a failed state again if the anti-liberation forces return to power.”If the anti-liberation forces and patrons of killers return to power, the country will become a failed one again,” she said while addressing a reception here on Sunday.Canada Awami League arranged the event at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.The prime minister said today Bangladesh is marching forward and the trend of this progress should continue. “The country can’t be developed unless there is continuation of the government.”Talking about her party’s election manifesto, Sheikh Hasina said they did much more than what they wanted to do. “As Bangladesh is making progress, it now gets invitation to join the G7 Outreach Session.””When our country makes progress, we get such invitations,” she said adding that she also got invitations and joined G7 Outreach Session in 2001 and 2016.Hasina said her government is working aiming to ensure the development and welfare of the country’s people.She said her government has placed a Tk 4.64 trillion national budget for the 2018-19 fiscal, but once the budget size was only Tk 610 billion.In the proposed budget, the size of the annual development programme (ADP) is Tk 1.73 trillion, which was only Tk 190 billion. Some 90 per cent of ADP cost now comes from government funds, she added.In the past, the prices of essentials used to go up with the announcement of national budget. “But, now the prices remain under control as the present government has been able to bring down the inflation at 5.6 per cent.”Now, she mentioned, the per capita income in Bangladesh has increased to $1752.Coming down heavily on BNP, the prime minister said they do not see any development of Bangladesh, but they enjoy the benefits of the development.About BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, she was convicted in the court after the trial process continued for 10 years. “But, big lawyers failed to prove that Khaleda didn’t embezzle orphans’ money.””A comfortable environment has been arranged for her in jail. I’ve no right to release Khaleda Zia from jail as it’s the jurisdiction of the court. Their (BNP’s) big lawyers should solve it moving to the court,” Hasina said.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif also addressed the reception event presided over by Canada Awami League president Golam Mohammad Mahmud Miah.last_img read more

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Trump visits Jerusalem seeking elusive peace

first_imgUS President Donald Trump attending a meeting with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh. Photo: AFPUS President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem Monday to seek ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, a goal that has eluded his predecessors but which he says could be easier than “people have thought”.Trump’s visit is part of his first trip abroad as president and follows an initial stop in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to take a stand against violence committed in the name of religion.It also comes as he contends with a raft of problems back home, including a special counsel investigating whether his associates colluded with Russia.Trump is due in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon and, ahead of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will tour two iconic sites in Jerusalem, a city holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews.His first stop will be the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.Afterwards, he is expected to become the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray and located in east Jerusalem.The Western Wall visit drew controversy before Trump even left Washington, when US officials declined to say whether it belonged to Israel.“Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu said late Sunday. “The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will always remain under Israeli sovereignty.”Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 in moves never recognised by the international community.It later annexed east Jerusalem and claims the entire city as its capital. The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.Trump will meet Netanyahu at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT).Enormous challenge“I will discuss with President Trump ways to strengthen even further the first and strongest alliance with the US,” Netanyahu said Sunday.“We will strengthen security ties, which are strengthening daily, and we will also discuss ways to advance peace.”The United States is Israel’s most important ally, providing it with more than $3 billion in defence aid annually.On Tuesday, Trump will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in the West Bank, visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and give a speech at the Israel Museum.Any leader would face an enormous challenge in seeking to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together for meaningful talks, and Trump’s inexperience and domestic political struggles will only add to it.He has spoken of his self-described deal-making prowess in declaring that the “ultimate deal” is possible, vowing “we will get it done”.“It is something that I think is frankly maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years,” Trump said when meeting Abbas in Washington earlier this month.Trump has sent mixed signals about how he will approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.He cast uncertainty over years of international efforts to foster a two-state solution when he met Netanyahu at the White House in February.Criticism of IranAt that meeting, he said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting Israeli right-wingers who want to see most of the West Bank annexed.At the same time, he urged Israel to hold back on settlement building in the West Bank, a longstanding concern of Palestinians and much of the world.Trump advocated during his campaign breaking with decades of precedent and moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, deeply alarming Palestinians.He has since said the move was still being looked at.Trump’s seeming openness to at least some of Abbas’s concerns has given Palestinians more reason for hope than many may have expected, but still reason to remain wary, some analysts say.On the Israeli side, Netanyahu heads what is seen as the most right-wing government in the country’s history, and members of his coalition were elated with Trump’s election.Some even called for an end to the idea of a Palestinian state.Trump’s actions since have left them disappointed, with the embassy remaining in Tel Aviv—at least for now—and the White House seeking to restart peace efforts.In Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Trump told dozens of Muslim leaders the time had come for “honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism”.He also lashed out at Iran, accusing Tehran of fuelling “the fires of sectarian conflict and terror” and calling for its international isolation.After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican along with Brussels and Italy for NATO and G7 meetings.last_img read more

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Fidel Castros son commits suicide

first_imgFile photo taken on June 1, 2016 of Cuban Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro`s eldest son committed suicide: Cuba state media on 1 February 2018. AFPThe 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, has died in Havana after taking his own life, according to the media here.He was found on Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.Popularly called “Fidelito”, he was the first-born of the former President, who died in November 2016.Castro Diaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union, the BBC reported.“Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,” Cuba’s official newspaper Granma reported.He had been of late receiving his treatment as an outpatient, following a hospital stay.At the time of his death, he was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba’s Academy of Sciences.His professional profile says he authored several books during his life, and represented the country academically at international events around the world.The television announcement said his funeral would be planned by his family, but no further details were given.His father, Fidel Castro, a revolutionary figure and one of the world’s longest serving political leaders, died at 90 in 2016.last_img
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Khaleda faces arrest warrant in 4yr old case

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoA court on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed for hurting people’s religious sentiments over four years ago, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Jasim Uddin issued the warrant and directed police to submit a report by 18 February on execution of the arrest warrant.The case was filed by AB Siddique, president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, with chief metropolitan magistrate court on 21 October, 2014.According to the case statement, the BNP chairperson at a programme of the Hindu community in the capital on 14 October, 2014 said Awami League wears the mask of secularism but in reality, they believe in atheism, which tarnished the image of ruling party and offended the religious sentiments of the party men.The court then directed the officer-in-charge (investigation) of Shahbagh police station to investigate the allegation and submit a report in this regard.Later, the IO submitted the report on 30 June, 2018 as he found the allegation brought against Khaleda to be true.last_img read more

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Malaysias Mahathir axes Singapore highspeed rail link

first_imgSingapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong signs a guestbook next to Malaysia’s prime minister Mahathir Mohamad prior to their private meeting at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 19 May. Photo: ReutersMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday he was scrapping a project to build a high-speed railway to Singapore, in an ominous sign for the neighbours’ famously fractious relationship.Mahathir, who won a surprise election victory this month against Najib Razak’s long-ruling coalition, is seeking to repair the country’s finances which he says deteriorated dramatically after the former government became embroiled in a huge financial scandal.The leader said it was a “final decision” to scrap plans for the bullet-train line between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which had been agreed on several years ago and was expected to cut travel times to 90 minutes from five hours by road today.”It’s not beneficial. It’s going to cost us a huge sum of money, we’ll make no money at all from this operation,” the 92-year-old said.Mahathir said he was not sure how long his decision would take to implement, adding: “Of course we have to talk to Singapore, we have an agreement with them.”Asked if Singapore had been informed of his decision, he said: “I don’t know.”Malaysia, he said, may have to pay as much as 500 million ringgit ($125.7 million) in compensation.Singapore’s transport ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The development will alarm the Singapore government, which is watching to see whether the return of Mahathir — whose relationship with the city-state was famously prickly during his first stint as premier from 1981-2003 — might cause ties to worsen.The neighbours have had a difficult relationship since Singapore was expelled from the Malaysian Federation in 1965 over ethnic issues, and relations in subsequent decades were punctuated by occasional bickering.When Mahathir was first prime minister, rows blew up frequently over everything from water — Singapore gets its water supply from Malaysia — to the Malaysian leader’s plan to build a bridge connecting the neighbours to replace the current causeway. The project never took off.But under Najib, who was accused of overseeing the plunder of state coffers, relations had been warm. ‘Avoid bankruptcy’Malaysia and Singapore signed a deal in 2016 to build the railway.Companies had started submitting bids for the 350-kilometre (217-mile) line, which was scheduled to be completed by 2026.Currently, most people take a flight of around an hour between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, on what is the world’s busiest international air route.Chinese companies were seen as having a high chance of landing a chunk of the project as ties had warmed with Malaysia under Najib.Others were also keen — in February a powerful European consortium that included Alstom and Siemens announced it had partnered with a Malaysian firm to bid for the project. There was also expected to be interest from Japan.No official assessment of the railway’s cost has been made public but analyst estimates in 2016 were as high as $15 billion.Mahathir has said that Malaysia’s debt had ballooned to more than one trillion ringgit ($251 billion)under Najib, and he would review projects agreed under his predecessor.In a weekend interview he said his government was renegotiating the terms of a Chinese-funded $14 billion rail link traversing peninsular Malaysia.Najib was elected from power by voters disgusted at corruption allegations surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.The ex-leader, his family and cronies are accused of stealing billions of dollars from the fund and using it to buy everything from high-end real estate to artworks.Najib, who has been banned from leaving the country and questioned over the graft allegations since losing power, and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing.last_img read more

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CHECK OUT How To Help Houston And Its Victims Get Through Harvey

first_imgRed Cross:The Red Cross has been organizing shelters to aide families displaced by the storm.They rely on monetary donations to provide immediate relief.Use this link to donate or  text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross in Texas has also asked people to volunteer. They announced Friday that they would be training volunteers at their shelters through a “fast=track” course. The Salvation Army also announced it would be accepting volunteers to hand out supplies and food at shelters. Check for a local group in your area that is sending volunteers. Share The flooding and devastation caused by Harvey has not stopped since it made landfall Friday night. Home have been destroyed and thousands have been displaced.There are many who feel compelled to help the afflicted in any way they can.If you plan on donating to Harvey relief here are some things you should consider. Other charities to donate to include:The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in north, central and east Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society.The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.What to watch out for:Before you donate, it is important to know where your aide is going.By using organizations like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau, you can make sure you know your money is being used to help. USAID CIDI:USAID is the U.S. Agency for International Development Office, and the CIDI is the Center for International Disaster Information.Their mission is to guide and inform the public, including religious and community groups; diaspora; embassies; non-profits; corporations; businesses and governmental organizations about the most effective ways to support international disaster relief and recovery.They have released a detailed guide on the steps you should take to donate responsibly.last_img read more

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Houston Firefighters Union President to Debate Mayor Turner on Pay Parity

first_img Share @FirefightersHOU has withdrawn from the scheduled debate on Proposition B after the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event. Please see attached news release. pic.twitter.com/FJKbynI4Gy— Houston Firefighters (@FirefightersHOU) October 3, 2018 Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) announced Wednesday afternoon it has agreed to participate in a debate with Mayor Sylvester Turner about pay parity between the local police and fire departments.On Wednesday morning, the HPFFA had announced that its president, Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, would not participate in the debate, which is scheduled for Saturday, due to disagreements with the Harris County Democratic Party (HCDP) which is organizing the event.The HPFFA said in a statement obtained by News 88.7 that “the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event.”center_img The statement detailed that the Harris County Democratic Party “rejected a HPFFA request to directly address precinct chairs so they could vote on whether the county Democratic Party should support firefighters and Proposition B.”However, a statement sent around 4:30 p.m. announced that “after working through a variety of miscommunications” the HPFFA had agreed to take part in the debate about Proposition B.Lancton thanked the HCDP for “further clarifying the ground rules of the Prop B debate.” “Fairness of the debate and the inclusion of the precinct chairs in this process are priorities for us. The precinct chairs deserve to be as involved as possible in the debate,” the HPFFA president added.The debate will take place this Saturday, October 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. and will be live-streamed by the HCDP.last_img read more

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