10 months agoLobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelona

first_imgLobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Las Palmas coach Sergio Lobera is pleased for Jeison Murillo over his move to Barcelona.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan with the option to sign permanently from Valencia.Lobera said, “He is a player who when he played in Segunda B in Ceuta I suffered from him as a rival when he played in Cádiz. “He has a very good profile for Barça. He has good passing, technically he is very good, tactically also and has personality to play the Barça style. “He has good aerial play, is very competitive and is also a great person.”He added: “I think he can play even before Clement Lenglet. At an experience level the Frenchman would probably have more, but if given the opportunity, he could be the big surprise.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months ago​Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselves

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselvesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Heaton believes there is no one at Burnley who is getting carried away.The Clarets managed to down Fulham 2-1 on Saturday, which gives them four straight wins.The result also put them in 15th position, three points off 18th place Newcastle and the drop zone.But keeper Heaton knows there is still a long way to go. He knows another set of poor results could put them right back in trouble.”No-one is getting carried away,” said Heaton after the game.”Three wins in the Premier League is a good achievement but we need to make sure we keep moving things forward.”It feels great. The West Ham game gave us a real platform and we took that into the Huddersfield game.” last_img read more

Aid group Ships not willing to save Mediterranean migrants

first_imgROME – Migrants in distress at sea have told their rescuers that several ships passed them by without offering assistance, a European aid group said Sunday while seeking safe harbour for a rescue vessel with 141 migrants aboard.SOS Mediterranee in a statement said that due to the recent refusal of Italy and Malta to let rescue vessels carrying migrants dock, ships might be now unwilling to get involved fearing they will be stranded with migrants aboard and denied a port to disembark them.On Friday the group’s chartered ship Aquarius, which it operates in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, rescued 141 people in waters off Libya. Of these, 25 were found adrift on a small wooden boat that had no motor and was believed to have been at sea for about 35 hours, the group said. The other 116 people, including 67 unaccompanied minors, were rescued later that day, it said.Nearly three-quarters of those rescued originate from Somalia and Eritrea. Many migrants recounted how they were “held in inhumane conditions in Libya,” where human traffickers are based, the aid group aid.It added that Libya’s rescue co-ordination authorities wouldn’t provide the Aquarius with “a place of safety” and asked it to request safe harbour from another country’s authorities.The Aquarius was sailing north in the Mediterranean Sunday in hopes of receiving docking permission from another country.SOS Mediterranee said that “in a disturbing development, rescued people on board told out teams they encountered five different ships which did not offer them assistance before they were rescued by Aquarius.”Aboard Aquarius is Doctors Without Borders project co-ordinator, Aloys Vimard, who elaborated.“It seems the very principle of rendering assistance to persons in distress at sea is now at stake. Ships might be unwilling to respond to those in distress due to the high risk of being stranded and denied a place of safety,” the statement quoted Vimard as saying.SOS Mediterranee said many of those aboard were extremely week and malnourished. Those rescued in recent years have said they receive scanty rations while kept in Libya to await the opportunity to leave on human smugglers’ unseaworthy boats.“What is of utmost importance is that the survivors are brought to a place of safety without delay, where their basic needs can be met and where they can be protected from abuse,” the group quoted Nick Romaniuk, its search and rescue co-ordinator as saying.In June, Aquarius was forced to sail north for days with more than 600 migrants to Spain after Italy and Malta refused it docking permission. Since then, other private rescue vessels have had to wait for days until some country agreed to let migrants disembark.Italy’s new populist government has vowed that no more private aid ships will bring migrants to Italian shores.Although arrivals in Italy of rescued migrants smuggled from Libya have sharply dropped off this year compared to previous years, some 600,000 reached Italian ports in the last few years. Italy demands fellow European Union countries take the asylum-seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.The tiny EU island nation of Malta says it can’t handle large numbers of migrants.Cargo and other commercial vessels often have plucked migrants to safety from deflating rubber dinghies and rickety wooden boats. But with Italy’s crackdown, commercial ships risk being blocked for days at sea, unable to carry out their business. Recently a support ship for an offshore oil platform was left in limbo for days after rescuing migrants.SOS Mediterranee said the Libya rescue co-ordinationcentre didn’t inform it about migrant boats in distress despite knowing the Aquarius was nearby.“It was extremely fortunate that we spotted these boats in distress ourselves” on Friday, the group said.Frances D’Emilio is on twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemiliolast_img read more

Driving licences vehicle RCs to come in card format only

first_imgNew Delhi: Going paperless, driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards in a standard format across the country. The option of providing a paper or booklet-based driving licence or registration certificate has been done away with, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Thursday. Under the new norms notified by the ministry, states would have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Poly Carbonate. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has prescribed a common standard format and design of the Driving Licence and the Certificate of Registration for the entire country. The option of providing a paper or booklet based driving licence or the registration certificate has been done away with,” the ministry said in a release. The specifications for the cards are high standard and would enable durable and quality cards, it added. According to the ministry, state governments have been given the option to decide on the type of material that can be used for making the cards. Further, states can prescribe whether it should be a chip-based smart card or a card with contact-less features such as QR code. “A QR code has been prescribed on the cards. This would enable easy linking and access and validation of the information on the cards with the SARATHI or VAHAN database,” the release said.last_img read more

The Lightning Could Make History For All The Wrong Reasons

Less than a week ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were heavy betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, and for good reason. The Bolts entered the playoffs on the heels of one of the best regular seasons in NHL history. They tied the record for the most regular-season wins1Their 62 wins matched the total of the Detroit Red Wings in 1995-96. and finished with the fourth-highest point total in league history. Forward Nikita Kucherov scored 128 points and will almost surely win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, and Steven Stamkos had the best season of his already illustrious career.As a team, the Bolts were unparalleled — they paced the league in goals scored, power-play goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage. If the team that Steve Yzerman built was ever going to acquire some silverware, this would surely be the year.Unfortunately for the Lightning, their astonishing regular-season form hasn’t carried over to the postseason, and now they find themselves on the precipice of an unprecedented failure: If they lose Tuesday night in Columbus, they’ll be the first Presidents’ Trophy winners to be swept out of the first round of the postseason in history. Even if they aren’t swept but merely lose the series, Tampa’s collapse would be monumental — devastating for any team but especially so for a club that’s been knocking on the door of Stanley Cup glory for several years. How have things gone so wrong for the team from the Gulf Coast?For starters, Tampa’s high-scoring superstars seem to have forgotten what the net looks like. Stamkos hasn’t recorded a point, neither has Brayden Point, and the only thing Kucherov has recorded is a one-game suspension for an extraordinarily dirty hit on Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara. Meanwhile, the opposite is true for the Jackets: Matt Duchene and Artemi Panarin — subjects of a major trade and a major nontrade, respectively — are scoring at will, while Zach Werenski is providing service from the blue line.Things aren’t much different between the pipes. Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has been uncharacteristically abysmal: He has stopped just 86.6 percent of the shots he’s faced so far, which ranks second to last in the postseason among qualifying goalies. This is somewhat stunning, especially given the Russian’s previous postseason form: In 29 postseason appearances between 2014 and 2018, he stopped 91.9 percent of the shots he faced. This spring’s regression couldn’t have come at a worst time.On the other side of the ice, Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has been nearly unbeatable, stopping 94 percent of the shots he’s faced — which is good for second-best. None of this bodes well for the Bolts because save percentage is the single most important determinant of a team’s goals-per-game differential in the postseason, and therefore the key to a playoff run.As if circumstances could get any worse, Tampa is unraveling against a team that has never won a playoff series. In fact, Columbus had never won more than two games in a single postseason before this one. It’s one thing to be swept by a franchise that has won four Stanley Cups, as may happen to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the hands of the New York Islanders; it’s an entirely different thing to get bounced by a franchise that’s never advanced to the second round.We wrote last week that anything short of lifting the Stanley Cup in June would feel like a failure for the Bolts and would put them in the same company as the 1995-96 Red Wings, another set of historically great losers. But if the Bolts are dispatched in four games, their failure would have to be considered more embarrassing. After all, that Red Wings team advanced to the conference finals before crashing out of the postseason. This Bolts team might not even win a game.Only four teams have managed to overcome a 3-0 series deficit in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs. If any team is up to the task, it’s this immensely talented Bolts group. But first, they’ll have to remember how to put the puck into the net of their opponent. Otherwise, they will make history for all the wrong reasons. read more

Bringing home hardware Mens volleyball notches 1st NCAA title in program history

For this group of seniors in the past three seasons, the story remained the same. A bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals and nothing more. In the 2010 semifinals, the Stanford Cardinal overpowered the Ohio State men’s volleyball team in three straight sets (30-25, 30-26, 30-17). What followed was a long flight home. At that time, coach Pete Hanson told his players to write down their goal for the next season. “Each kid said his goal was to win the National Championship,” Hanson said. Now, a little more than a year later, the mission has been accomplished. All-American outside hitter Jeff Menzel jumped up for a kill on Championship point, but a wall of Steven Kehoe, Kevin Heine and Jason Tobkin stopped him in his tracks. Kehoe connected on the block as the Buckeyes defeated the California-Santa Barbara Gauchos, 3-2, for the program’s first national title. “Our coaching staff told us if we blocked him once in the last five points, we would win the match,” Kehoe said. “I think deep down we believed we earned the right to be here,” Hanson said. “It’s really cool how that came to fruition.” The Scarlet and Gray outplayed the Gauchos in about every aspect of the match, but OSU’s 26 service errors kept UCSB, which had just six service errors, in the match. “I definitely came out tense, and I think a lot of the guys did, especially from the service line,” Kehoe said. Hanson agreed. “It was clearly frustrating,” he said. “(OSU) never panicked. It’s like when a pitcher can’t locate his fastball. It will come, and it did.” Hanson said it was key to isolate Menzel and force his supporting cast to win the match. “I think when you hold an All-American to 12 kills on 40 swings and he hits .025, you’ve done a pretty good job,” Hanson said. Junior Shawn Sangrey led OSU with a match-high 32.5 points and 30 kills. His career-high 30 kills are the most by any Buckeye this season. Kehoe added a season-high 65 assists and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “For our seniors, it was their last collegiate volleyball game ever,” Sangrey said. “We wanted to go out on top, and that’s what we did.” Kehoe, Sangrey and John Klanac were named to the All-Tournament team. OSU overcame its serving woes with a strong offensive effort. The Buckeyes outhit UCSB .329 to .198, had a 74-45 advantage in kills and led the match in assists, 70-42. The Buckeyes are the third team outside the West to win the title. Penn State won in 1994 and 2008. OSU holds a 1-2 record in national title games. The Buckeyes lost, 3-1, against USC in 1977 and, 3-0, to UCLA in 2000. read more

Danny Welbeck Insists Boredom Will Not Be An Issue During The

first_imgWelbeck is renowned for his past injury problems, which has made him no stranger to lengthy spells on the sidelines, but he claims they have made him mentally stronger.The England striker did enough to make Southgate’s final squad after a late run in the side for Arsenal towards the end of last season and scored for the three lions in their final warm-up game against Costa Rica last week.Welbeck spoke to Press Association sport about his injury-plagued last few years in the game: “For me, nothing like that seems to bother me,”“I’ve had surgery and then not been allowed to put weight on my leg for two months, so I’ve been stuck in a room and that sort of stuff.”“I don’t get bored now. I’ve been through that, I don’t get bored.”The Arsenal man missed out on Euro 2016 and his time at the Emirates since has been consistently disrupted by fitness issues, but he is adamant that his drive to succeed has been undiminished, continuing “At the end of the day, you’ve still got that hunger and desire to get back out on the pitch and that’s what will drive you on.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Gareth Southgate will hope he can rediscover his best form whenever he is required in Russia, as one of Englands striking quartet alongside Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford. England’s top scorers heading to Russia:Danny Welbeck – 16 Harry Kane – 13 Jamie Vardy – 7 Ashley Young – 7 pic.twitter.com/jHdxPusm8U— bet365 (@bet365) June 7, 2018last_img read more

Real Madrid to pursue £100m deal for De Gea

first_imgReal Madrid are looking set to return to their pursuit of David de Gea this summer with the club confident that they can sign him for £100m, reports the Manchester Evening NewsLos Galacticos have made it no secret for their admiration for the Manchester United goalkeeper and came close to signing De Gea back in 2015, but a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the summer transfer window ultimately meant that the Spaniard stayed at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho is understood to be strongly against allowing De Gea to leave in the summer and Real are resigned to the fact that they will very likely have to pay for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper in order to sway United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Red Devils have set themselves the aim of securing the 27-year-old’s long-term future at the club, but Real are hopeful that the appointment of Julen Lopetegui will help with them.The new Real boss worked with De Gea during his spell in charge of Spain, before he was shockingly fired on Wednesday.Currently, De Gea has another 12 months on his contract at United, but the club does have the option to renew it by another year if they are unable to reach an agreement with their prized asset.last_img read more

Franck Ribery This could be my last year at Bayern Munich

first_imgFranck Ribery has admitted that this could be his final year at Bayern Munich, despite intending to continue his playing career up to the age of 38The French winger has spent over a decade at the Allianz Arena and, in that time, he has won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in 2013.Yet Ribery, who signed a one-year extension at Bayern last season, admits that his future after the season is in doubt.“It’s too early to say now,” said the 35-year-old on ESPN.“I’d be up for another season, but let’s wait and see how this season shapes up.“I am relaxed and don’t put myself under pressure. You must assess your performances correctly. It’s too early to say now.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The 2006 World Cup finalist confessed that he had received offers from foreign clubs before signing a new contract at Bayern.“I never wanted to leave,” he added.“There were serious offers from China, but I like the Bundesliga and the Champions League. I dream of winning it for the second time.“I am still ambitious, I am still driven. I have never said to myself this will be the last year. I have won everything, I can relax now. I always give it my all because it could be my last year.“At my age, you never know what’s next, but I would like to play until I am 38.”Ribery has managed 117 goals and 180 assists in 391 appearances across all competitions for Bayern.last_img read more

Alex Neil admits Brentford gave his side a hard time

first_imgPreston’s boss Alex Neil said that his side’s 4-3 victory over Brentford did not come easy but was one they had to compete hard for, although they had a three-goal lead in the opening 23 minutes.Having such narrow victory, Neil insists that his side should keep their focus throughout the 90 minutes, as the Lilywhites have been unbeaten in four matches.“I think we’ve been involved in a lot of high scoring matches this year, not by design really,” Neil said, according to Sports Mole.“I think once we go 3-0 up, we’re hoping to then go and try and make it an easier night for ourselves.”“But Brentford are a good side, they pose you a lot of questions and a lot of problems.”Mephan joins Bournemouth from Brentford Manuel R. Medina – January 22, 2019 The 21-year-old defender has joined the English Premier League club after two years with the Championship team.English center-back Chris Mepham has joined AFC Bournemouth…“Then the second goal’s a really bad deflection so it carried a little bit of fortune with it.”“I think conceding three goals is naturally concerning, we need to make sure we try and tighten up. I thought we simplified things in terms of not really risking it at the back, turning the ball forward earlier and then playing in their half.”“I thought that worked really well for us, we scored four goals and to be honest, could have probably scored more.”last_img read more

James Rodriguez keen to discuss Bayern Munich future

first_imgJames Rodriguez is reportedly keen to initiate talks with the Bayern Munich board over their future plans for him over the winterThe Real Madrid loanee has enjoyed a stellar loan spell at Munich for the last two seasons and has allegedly attracted the interest of Serie A champions Juventus.While Rodriguez’s loan deal will expire at the end of the current campaign, Bayern does retain the option to sign him on a permanent deal for €42m.However, Sport Bild reports that Rodriguez is not quite sure whether he wants to remain with Bayern on a permanent basis.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…The German outlet also added that a summer exit for the highly-rated Colombian winger is a strong possibility right now.Apparently, Rodriguez and his representatives intend to begin talks over his Bayern future in either December or January.Aside from Juventus, Rodriguez has also gained interest from clubs in England with a return to parent club Real another possibility.Rodriguez has managed 11 goals and 16 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions for Bayern since arriving in 2017.last_img read more

GCI Plans Continued Expansion Project On The Kenai

first_imgIn February of last year, Kenai and Soldotna joined Anchorage, Fairbanks, North Pole, Fort Greely, Juneau, Palmer and Wasilla as the eighth and ninth Alaska communities to get access to GCI’s one-gigabit-per-second internet speeds through 1 GIG red. According to Handyside, in the past 40 years since GCI started in Alaska the company has invested about $3 billion in network expansion statewide, including about $121 million in the Kenai Peninsula. The current project is estimated to cost roughly $6.3 million. Mary Hart, Vice President of South Central and Western Regions for GCI, spoke about the progress GCI has made since it started in Alaska 40 years ago: Audio PlayerMARRY-ON-GCI-EXPANSION-1-32918.mp3VmMARRY-ON-GCI-EXPANSION-1-32918.mp300:00RPd“Today, even in Kenai/Soldotna area in Seward and now even Homer, if we are just talking on the Peninsula here, we are offering a 1 gig internet service when back then in the equal access days we were just trying to become a long distance carrier.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享GCI presented the remaining plans of their two-year expansion project to improve service on the Kenai Peninsula at a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, March 28.center_img The plans include updates on 39 towers in the Kenai Peninsula area, installing new hardware and changing frequencies, and updates to the current infrastructure. GCI remains one of the largest telecommunications providers in Alaska. Heather Handyside, GCI’s Director of Corporate Communications: Audio PlayerHEATHER-ON-GCI-EXPANSION-2-32918.mp3VmHEATHER-ON-GCI-EXPANSION-2-32918.mp300:00RPd“Ron Duncan and the leadership of our company they’re very forwarded thinking and always trying to develop ways to bring new technology to Alaska.” last_img read more

Hasina calls LDC graduation a slap on basket case story

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh’s graduation to the developing country group is a slap on the faces of those who had thought it would be a ‘bottomless basket’ after the independence.”During the liberation war, a quarter used to say what Bangladesh would gain after its independence….it would be a basket case. I think this (Bangladesh’s graduation) is a slap on their faces…the Bangalees have showed that they can,” she said.The prime minister said this while opening the month-long solo art exhibition of world-renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city.Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has arranged the exhibition featuring artworks derived from a 20-year span of the iconic artist of Bangladesh.United News of Bangladesh (UNB) is the media partner of the exhibition.Chaired by cultural affairs secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan, the function was addressed, among others, by independence award-winning artist Shahabuddin Ahmed, BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and director of the Ganges Art Gallery Smita Bajoria.The Committee for Development Policy (CDP), a United Nations panel, recently made an announcement on the country’s eligibility at a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh got the UN recognition as a developing country. “We’ve learned how to stand on our own feet economically …we’re not dependent on anybody. We’ve proved we can develop the country by ourselves,” she said.The prime minister said she wants Bangladesh to be built imbued with the liberation war spirit. “Our country will march ahead and stand up with its head high.”Keeping that view in mind, she said, the government has taken every single step to take forward the country with various development programmes. “Make it sure the spirit we’ve brought back after a long fight doesn’t fade away again.”Recalling the sacrifice of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina said this land is the country of all.”This land won’t become a country of Razakars and Al Badrs again; this is my desire,” she said.The prime minister said her government has made tireless efforts to revive the true history of the liberation war as some generations got deprived of learning it.”Once a distorted history was projected before them …our aim is to highlight the true history so that we can get a dignity as a victorious nation,” she said.Hasina said Bangladesh lost its way after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975 as distorted history gives birth to distorted character of people. “And this happened at that time,” she said.The prime minister said Bangabandhu struggled throughout his entire life and spent his days in the dark cell of jail year after year but he never bowed down to anybody.Hasina said a nation which is developed in education, art and culture can make progress.She urged all the artists to come forward to spread the spirit and ideology of the liberation war through their respective means.Hasina said one’s hunger cannot only be met through food. “There is also a hunger of the mind which needs to be met. This hunger can be met through art, culture and literature,” she said.Mentioning politicians and cultural activists are complementary to each other, she said it is not possible to achieve any success if poets, writers, painters and artistes join a programme together.The exhibition will remain open for all from 11am to 8pm every day (3pm to 8pm on Fridays).At the function, the prime minister unveiled the cover of a book ‘Amar Muktijuddha’ by Shahabuddin Ahmed. A documentary on Shahabuddin Ahmed titled ‘Colour of Freedom’ was screened at the function.The prime minister also witnessed an acrobatic exhibition of the children of Shilpakala Academy.She later visited the gallery and saw the displayed artworks of Shahabuddin.Thirty-two selected artworks are up for display depicting the artist’s affinity with Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, his fascination for Bangabandhu and other recurring themes Shahabuddin is well-known for.In 2000, the government of Bangladesh honoured Shahabuddin with the ‘Swadhinata Padak’, while the French government conferred upon him the prestigious civilian award Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres(Knight in the Order of Arts & Literatures) in 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the nation’s cultural clique.last_img read more

Around 9m yaba pills seized on Myanmar border in 3 months

first_imgRohingya children cross the Bangladesh-Myanmar border fence as they try to enter Bangladesh in Bandarban, an area under Cox`s Bazar authority. ReutersBorder security forces have seized nearly nine million yaba (methamphetamine) pills in less than three months as a massive influx of Rohingyas brings increased smuggling from Myanmar, officials said Tuesday.Increased raids on fishing boats on the Naf river, which divides the neighbours, have reaped the massive haul of ‘yaba’ pills which are snapped up by Bangladesh youth.Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troops in the border town of Teknaf have seized some 5.16 million of the caffeine-laced meth pills and coast guards have confiscated 3.47 million pills since 1 January, officials said.”In one raid on 15 March, we seized 1.8 million yaba pills abandoned in four sacks in the Naf river,” border guard commander lieutenant colonel Asadud Zaman Chowdhury told AFP.”It is the biggest ever yaba seizure by the BGB,” he said. The guards arrested 11 smugglers in March, including seven Rohingyas.Rohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamCoast guards patrolling the Bay of Bengal arrested six Myanmar citizens and seized some 300,000 pills from one fishing boat this month, a senior officer said.Yaba is a Thai word meaning “crazy medicine”. The pills have become an easy source of income for the Rohingya who have poured across the border since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown in their home Rakhine state in August last year.The refugees act as ‘yaba’ carriers, handing over the pills to dealers on the Bangladesh side of the border who then take them to the country’s main cities, according to police.Border guards and counter-narcotics officials told AFP that the trafficking flourishes because of the difficulty patrolling the 54 kilometres (33 miles) of the Naf which acts as the border between the two countries.The pills are produced in bathroom-sized labs on the Myanmar side of the border, according to a Bangladeshi counter-narcotic official.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh since August 25, joining another 300,000 already living in camps along the border for many years.”The number of people who were used as carriers has increased due to the influx. The internal carriers have increased. Some of them are desperate just for survival,” Chowdhury said.”It is a way to make easy money,” said Chowdhury, who explained that a yaba pill bought on the Myanmar border for 20 US cents can be sold at three-four dollars in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has called for “zero tolerance” on yaba smuggling from Myanmar and ordered an increased anti-narcotics drive along the border, the coast guard officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.last_img

Public Enemy 1 Arrested After Violent Labor Day Weekend

first_img“We have to take a stand and stand up for our community,” Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott told the media.Scott is urging witnesses to come forward to be a voice for the elderly and for children.“When its children and seniors we have to step up for those who there’s no one else to speak up for them.”He said violence is an epidemic and should be treated as such.“I never really expected to spend my night on Saturday with a 4-year-old girl,” said Davis. “Just a tiny girl as she picked out the color of her cast.”That gunman is still on the loose.Authorities know many people saw the shootings but are afraid to come forward. A witness helped police arrest Marion Daughton.“To not have that level of cooperation at this point is frustrating to us,” said Davis.Police are urging anyone that has information about any of the shootings that took place over the holiday weekend to call 1-866-7LOCKUP. This past Labor Day weekend in Baltimore saw 22 people shot including two children, the youngest being a 4 year old girl, in a series of triple shootings throughout the city. Baltimore Police made a major arrest on Tuesday in one of those cases.Marion Daughton – charged with a triple homicide. (Baltimore Police Department)On Sept. 5, three people were shot around 1:00 a.m. in the 2600 block of East Monument; a 23 year old woman was shot in the leg, another woman; a 22 year old shot in the abdomen, and a 34 year-old male was shot and killed after gunshot wound to the chest. One of those women was confirmed to be pregnant.31-year old Marion Daughton, who is affiliated with the Bloods gang, was arrested on Sept. 6 afternoon in connection with the triple shooting but police say they are still searching for another suspect in the case. Police had been about to hold press conference declaring Daughton to be Public Enemy #1 when she was arrested and charged in the triple shooting.Police say Daughton has a lengthy criminal record.“The only time that Marion Daughton was not committing a crime was when she was in jail,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in a media briefing.According to Maryland Case Search, Daughton’s criminal record includes charges ranging from first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, attempted first degree murder, firearm use in commission of violent felony, and now first degree murder.The shooting that Daughton is connected to is just one of 12 shootings that police say began on Sept. 2.Friday5 people were shot in 5 separate incidents.Saturday3 people were shot including a 61, 4, and 8 year old.Sunday4 people were shot in 2 separate incidents.Monday9 people were shot in 5 separate incidents including the 3 in which Daughton is accused of.last_img read more

Anticonversion law needed Kalraj Mishra

first_imgAmdist ongoing row over “ghar wapsi”, BJP leader and Union Minister Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday said an anti-coversion law was needed and every party must support it.”We have been saying from the beginning that a law should be framed on conversion and every party should support it. I am of the opinion that an effective law should be enacted on this issue,” he told PTI in an interview. Kalraj said he had already favoured framing of such a law. He also made it clear that the party had nothing to do with the the ‘ghar wapsi’ programme of VHP.last_img

Being a vegan helps lose weight Study

first_imgIf you are looking for a size zero figure, then following a vegan diet that includes no animal products could offer better results than other weight-loss plans, says a study.“Vegetarian diets are more effective than non-vegetarian diets for weight loss,” said researcher Ru-Yi Huang of E-Da Hospital in Taiwan.The study reviewed the results of twelve diet trials, involving 1,151 dieters who followed a specific eating regime for between nine and 74 weeks. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Overall, individuals assigned to the vegetarian diet groups lost significantly more weight (around 2.02 kg) than dieters who ate meat and other animal products. Vegetarians who followed a vegan diet lost even more weight. Comparatively, they lost around 2.52 kg more than non-vegetarian dieters. Vegetarians who consumed dairy products and eggs lost around 1.48 kg more than those on a non-vegetarian diet. According to Huang, the abundant intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables might play a role in the favourable results seen in vegetarian diets. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhole-grain products and vegetables generally have low glycaemic index values and do not cause blood sugar levels to spike. Fruits are rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and protective chemicals that naturally occur in plants.Whole-grain products contain soluble fiber. Such so-called good fiber helps to delay the speed by which food leaves the stomach and ensures good digestion. The researchers found that people following vegetarian diets that prescribe a lower than normal intake of calories (so-called energy restriction) also shed more kilograms than those without any such limitations being placed on their eating habits. The findings appeared in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.last_img read more

Mahipal Dighi to turn into tourist hotspot as state rolls out makeover

first_imgBalurghat: Mahipal Dighi of Kushmandi block has turned into safe haven for migratory birds. Around 2500 migratory birds from all over the world including Tibet, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia arrive in Mahipal, which is about 59km from here.The state government is taking concrete steps to convert Mahipal and its adjoining areas into a popular tourist destination. Aiara forest and Nilkuthi, two local spots here, attract many tourists. A resort was also established here recently. This apart, awareness campaigns have been launched to stop poachers’ activities in the area. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAn elderly local resident Gouranga Sarkar said the area was entirely ruled by avian guests between November and February. “The birds enter in flocks together in search of food and shelter. Their number is increasing every year,” he said. Mahipal is home to Lesser Whistling Teal, Common Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Great Cormorant, Northern Pintail, Grey Lag Goose, Ferruginous Pochard, Northern Shoveler and Comb Duck. Suman Ghosh, a member of Indian Bird Conservation Network and a bird-watcher, said: “What is uncommon and significant this year is the presence of Bar Headed Goose, a rare bird. It usually arrives in India by crossing Himalaya from countries like Tibet, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia. It flies above 27000 ft where the supply of oxygen is thin. I have even seen them flying over Mount Everest before entering India. It can fly an enormous distance of more than 1500 km without rest and even survive in extreme climatic condition.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to experts, these species have not been spotted in Mahipal before Ghosh said Bird Life International, (BLI) a UK-based organisation, worked to identify important bird areas around the world. While in India, Bombay Natural History Society, an NGO attached with BLI, with the help of Indian Bird Conservation Network (co-partner of BNHS) works for protection of migratory birds. There are 10 important bird areas in the state. Of them, nine are in north Bengal districts including Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Malda and Raiganj covering Mahananda Wilde Life Sanctuary, Singalila National Park, Neoravalley National Park, Jaldapara National Park, Garumara National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Nayabandh, Panchanandapur and Kulik Bird Sanctuary while the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve is in South Bengal. Mahipal has the potential to become an important bird area in future as the number of migratory birds has been increasing day-by-day.last_img read more

Virgin Blue daring to be different

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Virgin Blue is preparing to unleash some major changes and updates in the New Year, in the battle for Australian airline supremacy.According to The Australian, CEO John Borghetti is aiming to establish “a very different airline”, creating a unique alternative to Virgin’s direct competitors, Qantas.“What we do want to be – and what we are driving to – is being an airline that is relevant in today’s world for both the leisure and the business traveller domestically and internationally,” Mr Borghetti said.The former Qantas executive is prepared and eager to do battle with his former colleagues, taking a fresh approach to airline management.“We’re able to create a product going into this new space that is relevant to today rather than a product that has been around for decades and simply gets refreshed,” he said.Mr Borghetti said he does not wish to emulate Qantas and feels Virgin Blue has the advantage of being the new kid on the block, providing a fresh and contemporary outlook.Everything from Virgin’s uniforms and seats, through to its livery and possibly the carrier’s name may be changed.Analysts are predicting Borghetti’s strategy to yield a much stronger year for the airline, particularly if the international Virgin Blue/Delta Air Lines alliance is successful.In reference to Virgin Blue’s attempt to double its share in the corporate market, Mr Borghetti is brightly optimistic. “It can only go up. “Can it go up by 1 per cent, 10 per cent, 20 per cent? I don’t know, but it can only go up,” he said. Virgin Bluelast_img read more

February 8 2003 Welcome to the workshop that star

first_imgFebruary 8, 2003Welcome to the workshop that started on February 2. 2003: [top left]: Lorenzo Alfieri, Mary-Anne Multer, Buck Hazzard, Michelle Hall, Michael Ray Teslow and Chiara Voicu. [inset]: Leopoldo Angioli and Corrado Falsetti. [middle left]: Manola Maiani, Brad Crutchfield, Sara Merando, Albert Lavenziano, Charles Swanson and Francesca Venturoni. [bottom left]: Sebastien Godbold, Emily Clark, Naguib Nashed, Ingeborg Nashed and Berardino Cicchetti.[Photo & Text: sa]last_img