Shivpal Yadav’s supporters lash out at Akhilesh

first_imgChaotic scenes were witnessed today on both Vikramaditya Marg and Kalidas Marg, two roads in Lucknow synonymous with the Samajwadi Party and government. Angry and upset supporters of Shivpal Yadav started gathering again outside his official residence on KD Marg, just a few blocks away from the CM residence, after the midnight drama to express allegiance to their leader. They were told to express their anger to ‘Netaji’ Mulayam Singh Yadav.SHIVPAL’S SUPPORTERS RAISE SLOGANS AGAINST AKHILESHSoon the entire mass of people moved to the Samajwadi Party headquarters on Vikramaditya Marg in the hope of being able to persuade Netaji. They shouted slogans against Akhikesh likening him to a dictator and asked his father to ‘do justice’. Many supporters were seen sporting white tee shirts with Shivpal’s face printed on them. They alleged Akhilesh had insulted their leader and they would not tolerate that.Also read:Yadav clan reaches a truce: Shivpal to remain state party chief, Akhilesh gets big say in ticket distribution For the young Akhilesh, who has spent virtually four and a half years of his tenure in the shadow of his father, uncles and Azam Khan, the tag of a dictator may perhaps be a bit over stretched but the resentment in the Shivpal camp was clear. Protests also broke out in Etawah with even women stepping out to ‘plead’ with the party supremo to placate the warring factions.NO RIFT IN THE PARTY: MULAYAMMany of his supporters squatted outside the SP office in Lucknow and there was a massive rowdy rush as Mulayam Singh Yadav came to the headquarters post noon to address the party workers. He assured them that there was no rift in the party and also made the public announcement of Gayatri Prajapati’s return to the cabinet. Prajapati is seen as a man close to Shivpal.advertisementPost the announcement, as Shivpal left his house to meet Mulayam, unruly supporters ran along with his car shouting slogans of ‘zindabad’, knocking down bikes and other objects in their way. Some stood in the rains and continued to shout slogans only to be distracted by samosas that were being given out to supporters outside. It is this clout at the grassroots that Shivpal is using to leverage his position within the party as the family feud gets messy.last_img read more

I feel let down and deflated: Former IPL auctioneer says he was axed in one-line email

first_imgThe familiar voice of the Indian Premier League auction will not be heard when the eight franchises meet on January 18 in Jaipur.Richard Madley, who was the voice of the IPL auctions for more than 10 years, will not be conducting the affairs after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) replaced him with Hugh Edmeades, who is an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer.Madley in a recent interview said that he felt disappointed by the way he was treated and let down by BCCI.”I’m sad, disappointed and a little bit let down and deflated,” Madley was quoted as saying by Cricketnext.”It’s not my decision, it’s the decision of the BCCI combined with IMG. It has come as a bit of a shock to me after 11 unbroken years of conducting the auction and always receiving positive comments and feedback from the franchise owners, administrators, BCCI and my many fans. It has come as a bolt out of the blue – to be released, to use an IPL term – without reason or explanation.”I have been told that the BCCI wants to ‘change up’ the auction with a new venue, new timings and I assumed then that they were going to bring in a newer, younger auctioneer. Perhaps an Indian auctioneer, which would be perfectly logical. Therefore I was surprised when my replacement is a British auctioneer, older than me, more grey hairs, heavier! He’s a good friend of mine, I’ve known Hugh for many years. But he’s a first class art auctioneer who has no experience of IPL. Therefore, it is illogical to me to replace me with somebody who is almost my mirror image. That, to me, is the one area that hurts.advertisement”I was thinking that if I was going to be replaced, it would be a seed change in the auction and not a simple substitution without rhyme, reason or logic. Is it fair, equitable or honourable? So naturally I feel somewhat bruised.”Madley was also not happy that he was not given any explanation for releasing him and especially the way the matter was dealt with by BCCI.”I was in early November if I was available to conduct the auction. I confirmed my availability and heard back from IMG/BCCI two weeks back with a one-line e-mail saying ‘Your services are not required. We have chosen a replacement auctioneer’. No explanation, no thanks for the 11 years of service, and no reason whatsoever. I was shocked.”They did mention they were considering other auctioneers when they asked me my availability. I confirmed my availability and assumed – wrongly – that they wanted to hire me. I surmise that they had already decided to hire Hugh and were purely going through the motions, and had already decided that they’d axe the hammer man.”I want to know the reason why. What have I done wrong, or who have I offended, or where have I stepped out of line? For my peace of mind and professional integrity, I need to hear the truth. I quite understand I might never work in India again, but personally and professionally I need to know who these decision makers are, who can influence these matters masquerading under the guise of BCCI, but nobody being big enough to put their hand up and say this was my decision, and this is the reason. If they do that, I would feel much happier.””Never say never is my motto. I have been proud and honoured to come to India and conduct the IPL auction. It’s part of my DNA,” Madley said.”The BCCI have said the decision is for one auction. They’ll review it after that. But I feel like a batsman who has made a double century and dropped by the selectors for no reason. However, a good cricketer will put his head down, make more runs in state cricket and get a recall. Of course I’m not going to say I’ll never return. But I feel the damage might be done and it might be difficult for the BCCI to eat humble pie and accept this decision was the wrong one, and in doing so, upset what is the greatest auction in the world.”It would appear that they are making change for change’s sake. You don’t fiddle with something that isn’t broken. The IPL auction is an extraordinary process, it’s more than just selling players. It’s a great launch pad for the tournament which usually starts six weeks later. Alter it at your risk. It’s inconceivable to me why they would want to do it. Why remove a key player in your team who has given 11 years service and still has some life left?advertisement”The IPL auction process is highly transparent. I am asking for that same transparency.”Also Read | Indian Premier League 2019 player auction to be held in Jaipur on December 18Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Jaydev Unadkat at base price of Rs 1.5 crore, Brendon McCullim at Rs 2 croreAlso Read | IPL 2019 auction: Malinga back in the pool, Finch and Maxwell opt outAlso see:last_img read more

Why MS Dhoni ran from Yuzvendra Chahal after India clinched ODI series 4-1 vs New Zealand

first_imgIndia cricketers were brimming with joy after completing a #10YearChallenge in New Zealand. The Asian giants thrashed New Zealand 4-1 to clinch an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time since 2009 on Sunday.The “Josh” was certainly high in the India camp after New Zealand were bowled out for 217 in chase of 252. After the post-match presentation ceremony, Team India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was getting ready for his customary post-match interviews with his teammates.Chahal TV, a chat show which the leg-spinner hosts for the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has now become a regular feature on the BCCI website. Chahal gets hold of the big names and the best performers after limited-over games and interviews them for the apex body of Indian cricket.When Chahal tried to catch hold of India veteran MS Dhoni, the latter evaded him by running off the field. In a video that is doing rounds on social media, Dhoni can be seen avoiding Chahal’s requests for an appearance on Chahal Fan (@WastingBalls) February 3, 2019Dhoni, who has made it a point to cut down his interactions with the media, had notably told Chahal that he would be appearing on his popular show only after scoring a century. Chahal revealed the tidbit when he was asked by a commentator during the limited-over series in Australia last month.Chahal managed to get hold of stand-in captain Rohit Sharma after India completed the series win at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.advertisementChahal asked Rohit if he can be promoted to bat at No.3 in Virat Kohli’s absence during the three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand, starting February 6.”He [Chahal] was our top scorer in the previous match that we lost. But I want you to be the top scorer in a match in which we go on to win. I will speak to Ravi Bhai for your promotion to No.3 in the T20s,” Rohit jokingly said.Rohit will be leading the India team in the absence of Kohli in the upcoming three-match T20I series. Rohit is turning out to be an astute captain and his skills as the skipper in the shortest format of the game will only help the team in the upcoming series.Notably, Rohit has tasted a lot of success in the T20 format as the captain of Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians, who are three-time winners of the cash-rich league. Rohit had also led India to glory in the Nidahas Trophy T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka last year.India are yet to win a T20I series in New Zealand. The Asian giants were beaten 2-0 in 2008-09, which was the only time they played a bilateral series in the shortest format of the game against New Zealand at their own backyard.Also Read | Watch: MS Dhoni advises Kedar Jadhav in Marathi as India trounce New ZealandAlso Read | Yuzvendra Chahal to be India’s new No.3 during New Zealand T20s, jokes Rohit SharmaWatch | Shikhar Dhawan does the bhangra as Bharat Army play the dhol after India win 5th ODIlast_img read more

Howedes set for Juventus medical

first_imgTransfers Howedes set for Juventus medical ahead of €15 million move Romeo Agresti Last updated 2 years ago 06:07 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Benedikt Howedes Getty Transfers Juventus Schalke 04 Serie A The Germany international centre-back is heading to the Old Lady on a loan deal with the option to buy Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes will undergo a medical on Wednesday ahead of his move to Serie A giants Juventus, Goal understands.The 29-year-old had been linked to Liverpool and Inter Milan during the summer transfer window, but the Italian champions are now finalising a €15 million move.Juventus 12/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Howedes will head to Juventus on a €3.5m loan with the option to buy at €11.5m.After Thursday’s Champions League draw, Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta expressed the club’s interest in Howedes while speaking to Premium Sport TV.”We are looking for a defender who may play both to the centre and as wing-back. Howedes? He’s an option – actually he’s a little more than an option,” Marotta said. “But we still have to discuss terms with the player and Schalke 04.”Volker Struth, Howedes’ agent, also confirmed a deal was near. “Juve wants it, Benedikt Howedes wants it – we have an agreement in principle. Now Schalke must want it, too,” Struth told Bild.  The negotiations have played out for several days, but the two sides met on Sunday and the transfer is expected to be finalised after Wednesday’s medical.Howedes has made 44 appearances for Germany, scoring two goals. The versatile centre-back has spent his entire club career with Schalke since debuting for the first team in 2007.last_img read more

10 months agoCHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will face PSG in the Champions League last-16 after the draw was completed in Switzerland on Monday morning.Liverpool and Tottenham will play Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, avoiding the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.Max Allegri’s team drew Atletico Madrid, while Barca will play Lyon. In the other matches, defending champions Real Madrid will take on Ajax, Roma face Porto and Manchester City get their reward for finishing top of their group as they face Bundesliga side Schalke.UEFA Champions League Round of 16 drawLiverpool vs Bayern MunichAjax vs Real MadridRoma vs PortoLyon vs BarcelonaManchester United vs PSGTottenham vs Borussia DortmundManchester City vs SchalkeAtletico Madrid vs Juventus last_img read more

USMNT slump to shameful Venezuela defeat

first_imgSalomon Rondon scored twice to help Venezuela beat the United States for the first time and become his country’s all-time leading goalscorer after a 3-0 win that will send Rafael Dudamel’s side into the Copa America on a high.West Brom striker Rondon, who has been linked with a transfer away from the Baggies in recent weeks, put himself very much in the shop window with a match-winning display in which he also provided an assist for Jefferson Savarino to score Venezuela’s second as a sorry USA side were torn apart.USA coach Gregg Berhalter saw his players lose the first game of his time in charge three days earlier when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Jamaica and will have been concerned by a defensive horror show in which they conceded three goals inside 20 first-half minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Venezuela’s opener came courtesy of calamitous USA defending as goalkeeper Zack Steffen gifted a clearance to Yangel Herrera who fed Jhon Murillo and he laid the ball back to Rondon for a bundled shot into the net.It was Rondon’s flicked header that allowed Savarino to go through on goal moments later, the Real Salt Lake winger scoring at the second time of asking after his first shot came back off the post.Rondon timed a run superbly on 36 minutes and brought Tomas Rincon’s long ball under control before composing himself and rattling a left-footed shot into the corner of the net, beating Steffen at his near post from close range.HT | Venezuela leads in the first half. 45 minutes left to battle!0:3— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 9, 2019The hosts failed to improve after half-time, mustering just four shots across the course of the game, and Berhalter will demand better when they take on Guyana in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in under two weeks’ time.Meanwhile, Venezuela will go into their Copa America opener against Peru on Saturday in high spirits after a historic win and an unforgettable night for their in-form striker. read morelast_img read more

Meet Up Mondays: Daniel Caudill of Shinola

first_img The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens It’s been three years since Shinola launched out of a former automotive research lab in Detroit, and we’re still awestruck. Not just the maker of some of the best-looking and best-made watches manufactured at scale right here in the US, it now offers hand-assembled bikes, leather goods, journals and even accessories for Fido, as well as recently opened stores in Chicago and London, UK. Creative director Daniel Caudill has been no less instrumental in engineering the company’s brilliant branding, so we recently reached out to the design genius to learn what makes the company tick and what’s in store for the plucky, iconic brand.So tell us what’s cooking at Shinola?We are gearing up to launch our Spring/Summer 2015 watch collection later this month and will also be at the Detroit Auto Show where we will have a booth next week. It will be fun to be a part of this event—one of Detroit’s most iconic events of the year.A lot of folks might not know Shinola started as an idea amongst friends. What was your part in bringing the idea to fruition?I started putting together a few different ideas on what an American watch brand would look like—what the aesthetics of the store would look like, what fixtures we would use and such. Today my role is to work with every part of the brand to make sure that it’s one cohesive vision.Was there a push to build the brand in Detroit?Manufacturing is a part of the culture in Detroit, and has been for generations. Naturally, that’s what initially attracted us to Detroit. When we arrived, the city and its people welcomed us with open arms with nothing but the desire to help us succeed. Once we started building our watch factory here, all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. The creative talent is here, the ease of business is here and the experience of building motors is here. After all, we build motors for your wrist.You’ve worked for a number of companies ranging from LA Gear to Adidas. How is Shinola different from other brands?We are committed to building products that are built in the US and built to last.We’re definitely intrigued by the concept of the brand. Shinola’s a unique lifestyle brand. So how did you decide to settle on watches first?Watches haven’t been produced at scale in the US in decades and it’s never been done in Detroit. If you can build a watch factory in this city and build what we believe is arguably one of the most complicated products to create, then you can do anything.Subsequently, what other products and product categories could work in Shinola’s unique universe?We are a design-driven brand and are working on expanding into other categories. Our product categories currently include watches, leather goods, journals, shoe polish and pet accessories, so there is something for everyone. We recently released The Shinola Sweatshirt, our first apparel item—a wardrobe essential.And what of the specific inspirations for The Runwell’s signature aesthetic?Design inspiration comes from everything we’re exposed to—past, present, future. Detroit itself is an inspiration—the amazing architecture, the amazing art. There’s a lot of creativity here.What about your two bikes?Quality is the very first benchmark, and then the next thing is about making really simple, clean, classic design. Something that can last for years, that you want to have for years.Admittedly when we think of Shinola, we can’t help but think kick-ass product design. What are some of your personal favorite products designed in the world, and why?I have a real passion for well-made things, and Alden shoes epitomize that. I have a pair that I wore every single day for a year, which would destroy most shoes, but the Aldens almost get better with age.And then there’s Apple. As a watchmaker, how worried are you about Apple Watch?In our opinion, anytime people are speaking about watches that’s a good thing. But another thought that we have relates to the degree to which society, over the long term, will accept wearable technology which actually touches our bodies. Consumers today, and we believe increasingly so in future years, want to know where their food is grown, who is making their daily consumable products, etc. The idea of technology actually being worn on one’s person just seems completely counter to the strong consumer trends which are pointing toward simplicity as opposed to complexity.So we’re three years into the brand. What’s the biggest obstacle to American manufacturing to you? Are things getting better? Our goal since the beginning has been to create goods that are 100% American-made. A challenge we find for various reasons, is the absence of at-scale American manufacturing for many of the materials we need.  We are working hard to attract like-minded partners to make it happen, and everyday we are one step closer to it. But it is no simple task. In this spirit, we recently opened a new dial manufacturing operation in our Detroit flagship which visitors have the chance to see.  It’s exciting because watch dial manufacturing at scale left our shores several decades ago, and so to team up with a Taiwanese company and bring the factory here is an amazing fete.Shinola most recently opened stores in Chicago (left) and London. What can you tell us about each, how are they unique, and what other locations are planned?We identify locations and stores based on the beauty of the raw space and the community we are surrounded by.  Our London store is on a great corner on Newburgh Street in Soho. It’s really the gateway for our European expansion. The Chicago store is located in the Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood. The area is steeped in manufacturing. In fact, our connection to Chicago began early on when we partnered with the Horween Leather Company which is located nearby.Finally, we need to ask the “local” tastemaker. What’s a guy with 24 hours in Detroit to see and do?Where do I begin? Detroit is known for its music and People’s Records has the greatest collection of rare records. If you love art, check out Library Street Collective. It sums up what’s so exciting about Detroit today. Head to Sheldon Standard to grab a bite to eat. It just opened and the food is delicious. Stay at the boutique hotel Honor and Folly for a unique experience, and grab your morning cup of joe at Astro Coffee. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men last_img read more

Centre gives states UTs 1year deadline to achieve one nation one ration

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has given states and Union Territories time till June 30, 2020 to roll out the ‘one nation, one ration card’ system, under which beneficiaries can buy subsidised foodgrains from ration shops in any part of the country. Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that already 10 states Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharasthra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura — are providing portability of Public Distribution System (PDS) entitlements. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief”By next June 30, 2020, the ‘one nation, one ration card’ should be implemented without fail in the entire country. We have written letters to the state government to fast track the implementation of this system,” Paswan told reporters. The new mechanism will ensure no poor is deprived of PDS entitlement if that person shifts from one place to another. The system will also help remove fake ration card holders, he added. Paswan further said that there are 11 states, including Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, which can easily implement PDS portability within their state as Point of Sale (PoS) machines have been installed in all ration shops. This is one of the 100-days agenda of the Modi 2.0 government, he added. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCSince November 2016, the Government is implementing the National Food Security Act, under which foodgrains are supplied every month at highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg to over 80 crore people in the country. Elaborating about the new system, Paswan said beneficiaries are required to show their Aadhaar card to buy foodgrains from any ration shop in the country. Only ration card will suffice if beneficiaries want to get their PDS entitlement only from a particular registered ration shop. So far, Aadhaar cards of about 89 per cent of beneficaries have been linked with the system, while 77 per cent of ration shops have installed PoS machines, he said. As many as 22 states have 100 per cent PoS coverage and there is no problem in implementing the new system. Delhi had rolled out portability of PDS entitlement a year back but later stopped, Paswan added. Asked whether a beneficiary who moves to another state where PDS foodgrain is given for free is entitled for the same, a senior Food Ministry official said, “In such cases, the beneficiary will get the entitlement as per the rates fixed by the Centre, that is Rs 1-3 per kg.”last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement In honour of Halloween, we made like Ghostface and asked a few CFC alumni who are working in (or have worked in) horror film and/or TV that very pertinent question.More specifically, we asked these former residents to think back to the movies that scared them and, in effect, inspired them. The answers we received not only provide interesting insights into each of these creators, but could also make for a mighty macabre movie marathon.Read on—if you dare!—for the full list. But first, can we just ask, what’s that behind you? Login/Register With: Advertisement JOHN AINSLIE (THE SUBLET)THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It’s a master class on what can be done on a low budget. The cinematography and creative use of sound are extremely effective in sucking you into what can only be described as total mayhem.It’s [also] a great example of a film where plot is less important than tone and style to create a visceral cinematic experience. They really pushed the envelope and created this amazing world that has you as fascinated by what’s going on as you are frightened.READ MORElast_img read more

International students meet with mayor

More than 40 international graudate students visited with St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan at city recently.St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan recently hosted a reception for Brock University’s international graduate students to recognize the cultural impact that they have on the local community.More than 40 Brock international graduate students attended the event at city hall.Mayor McMullan welcomed the international students, gave them a tour of council chamber, spoke about the history of St Catharines.Arthur Chen, manager of International Student Services, said the students were so excited to visit with the mayor and to learn about the city and region.Chen added the hope is to have similar events at city hall in the future.

Traffic disruptions in Delhi

Delhi could be a little more challenging than usual to get around Tuesday.Motorists travelling on Swimming Pool Road must prepare to detour now that Hydro One is replacing several utility poles.From 9 a.m. till 3 p.m., southbound motorists must prepare to exit at Norfolk Road 20 and head west to Hawtrey Road. If they wish to get back onto Swimming Pool Road, they can do so at Norwich Townline Road.Northbound motorists wishing to stay on Swimming Pool Road must exit west on Norwich Townline and then catch Hawtrey Road north to Windham Road 20. Local traffic in the replacement zone will have access to affected properties.Also Tuesday, motorists in the area of Church Street West are asked to exercise caution while an environmental crew samples water from test wells in the vicinity of the Pioneer gas bar at the intersection of Church Street West and James Street.Traffic on Church Street West from Queen Street to James Street and on James Street from Landsdowne Avenue to King Street may be reduced to one lane at times Tuesday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. read more

UN agency accelerates efforts on Nigerian refugee transfer as border insecurity surges

Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, William Spindler, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters that in recent days, insurgent groups in Nigeria had launched repeated cross-border attacks into northern Cameroon, hindering the agency’s efforts to relocate refugees from the border area to Minawao Camp, located some 120 kilometres from the border. “UNHCR is very concerned about the growing insecurity in areas of the border between Cameroon and Nigeria,” he said, but regardless, “security permitting,” further transfers would continue this week.Currently, Minawao is hosting 16,282 refugees, with the population having nearly tripled in size in the past two months, Mr. Spindler said. The current camp capacity is estimated at 35,000 people and further expansions are underway to accommodate the refugees already registered for transfer from the border, as well as possible additional new arrivals. While 1,371 family shelters have been made available to new arrivals, some 9,000 refugees still live in community shelters, the spokesman said. Land has been made available by the Government of Cameroon for further expansion of the site, but the construction of family shelters has been put on hold to allow local and refugee communities to finish harvesting before the land is commissioned, he said.Meanwhile, civilians in Cameroon were living in a “state of terror” due to frequent insurgent attacks, the spokesperson said, a situation that is being further aggravated because the Nigerian insurgents had reportedly started targeting civilians in Cameroon. Nigerian refugees, who had fled previous attacks by insurgents in north-eastern Nigeria, were asking to be moved away from the border area as soon as possible, he said. This past Friday, Mr. Spindler said, clashes between insurgents and Cameroonian military forces broke out in the village of Koubougué, on the Cameroonian side, resulting in the deaths of five civilians. Koubougué is located 4 kilometres from the border town of Fotokol, where some 1,000 refugees are awaiting transfer to Minawao Camp.The spokesman also said that recently arrived refugees reported that access to Cameroon was becoming extremely difficult and dangerous, as insurgents had taken control of several border towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria, including Gwoza, Bama and Banki in Borno State, Bara in Yobe State, and Michika, Madagali and Gulak in Adamawa State. Refugees were being forced to flee on foot through the bush and cross the Elbeid River before entering Cameroon, he added.In addition, refugees told UNHCR staff of being pursued by insurgents and witnessing the murders of loved ones. Many refugees were traumatized after having seen such acts being committed, while many families had been separated after fleeing their villages, Mr. Spindler noted.The ongoing refugee crisis has seen more than 62,000 people spill over into Niger’s Diffa region since the beginning of 2014, while Cameroon is currently hosting some 44,000 Nigerian refugees. According to authorities, another 1,600 have fled to Chad.Meanwhile, an estimated 650,000 people remain internally displaced in north-eastern Nigeria due to the insurgency.The operational response to the refugee influx is coordinated by UNHCR in Yaounde at agency level and in the field by the UNHCR office in Maroua. read more

Rise in European new car registrations kickstarts 2015

European new car registrations grew 6.7% this January, the 17th consecutive month of growth for the European car market. Since the start of 2015, European new car registrations have reached almost one million units, according to the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA).This growth has been fuelled by car markets in Italy, Spain, the UK and France. January European registration figures have been inflated substantially by the Spanish market, which reported a 27.5% increase as a result of the country’s national scrappage scheme. The other leading markets, Italy, the UK, France and Germany demonstrated growth of 10.9%, 6.7%, 6.2% and 2.6% respectively. An increase of 4.6% was also seen in the new European Union member states. Despite these positive results, Greece reported an 8.4% fall in new car registrations during the same period.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Rotherham abuse investigation to cost £90m as another gang is found guilty

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. sex gang An eighth defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of two rapes.One of the complainants told the court how she had sex with “at least 100 Asian men” by the time she was 16 and another described how she was gang-raped in a forest and threatened with being abandoned there. (Top row left to right) Iqlak Yousaf, Nabeel Kurshid and Asif Ali. (Bottom row left to right) Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam and Tanweer Hussain AliCredit: National Crime Agency/PA The jury in the trial, which sat for eight weeks, heard how girls, who are now in their 30s, were “lured by the excitement of friendship with older Asian youths” but then sexually assaulted and passed between men.Prosecutors said the five complainants in the trial were easy to target because they needed to be loved.Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, said: “When they were in their teens, they were targeted, sexualised and, in some instances, subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature at the hands of these men who sit in the dock.”She said: “None of them had the maturity to understand that they were being groomed and exploited.”The NCA has said that they have 151 suspects, as well as 275 other people under investigation, and that almost all of them still live in Rotherham. The Rotherham sex abuse investigation will cost £90 million, it has emerged, as another grooming gang have been convicted of sexually abusing young teenage girls.Operation Stovewood, overseen by the National Crime Agency (NCA), has 250 staff investigating child sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town from 1997 to 2013 and has identified more than 1,500 victims.It is estimated that the Operation, which was set up in 2014, will cost more than £90 million by 2024, although few people expect it will be completed by then.There are 22 separate investigations under Operation Stovewood, with one concluding today at Sheffield Crown Court after a gang of seven men were convicted on several counts of indecent assault.Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 37, Nabeel Kurshid, 35, Iqlak Yousaf, 34, Tanweer Ali, 37, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 39, and Asif Ali, 33 were all found guilty and are due to be sentenced on November 16. read more

Skripals Salisbury home to be dismantled by the Army as poisoning cleanup

The letter said: “This phase includes the removal of the house roof and garage roof at No 47 (Christie Miller Road). She said the risk to public health remains “low”, adding: “The priority is to make sure that the two remaining sites affected by the 2018 incidents are thoroughly cleaned and returned to normal use as soon as possible.”Mr Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter survived the attack which Prime Minister Theresa May said had “almost certainly” been approved by the Russian state.Wiltshire Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is also thought to have come into contact with the poison when he searched their home.Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill in Amesbury months after the incident and died in hospital in July after coming into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the attack on the Skripals and then discarded.Her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, was also exposed to the same nerve agent but was treated and discharged. Two Russian nationals have been accused of travelling to the UK to try to murder Mr Skripal with Novichok. “All materials will be wrapped and sealed on site before being removed safely from the premises.”Once the covered frame is in place, the deconstruction work is expected to take around two weeks.”This specialist work will be carried out by the military team.”When that work is completed, contractors will move on site to build a replacement roof for the house and adjoining garage.” Contractors outside the home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, which is to be dismantled, with the roof completely removed by military teams, in the wake of the Novichok attack as decontamination work continues Show more The Salisbury home of Sergei Skripal is to be dismantled by the Army who will remove the property’s roof as decontamination work continues in the wake of the Novichok attack.Wiltshire Council has written to neighbours to warn them about the disruption expected by the deep clean, which is expected to take up to four months.Detectives believe the former Russian spy and his daughter Yulia Skripal first came into contact with the poison when it was sprayed on the door handle of their property in Christie Miller Road in the city.The clean-up has been taking place ever since they collapsed on March 4, but work paused over Christmas. The next, more extensive phase of the operation was due to begin on January 7, according to the letter. Dated January 4 and signed by the council’s director of public of health, Tracy Daszkiewicz, it told residents that contractors would spend the first month erecting scaffolding to cover the house and garage with a “sealed frame”. A military team will then dismantle and remove the roofs on the two buildings over two weeks.Everything will be wrapped and sealed before being removed from the site, and then the roofs will be replaced, Ms Daszkiewicz said. 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. Contractors and military teams outside the propertyCredit:Ben Birchall/PA Evidence gathered by intelligence agencies led the Government to conclude that the men were officers from the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU.The two suspects – known by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – were caught on CCTV in Salisbury the day before the attack.A counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle – which Ms Sturgess handled – is thought to have contained the substance. read more

Jail recordings of man accused of Natasha McShane attack played in court

first_img“I probably hit her once … took her sh**, that’s it.”All phonecalls with prisoners at the Cook County facility are recorded as a matter of course, and callers are reminded of that fact at regular intervals during each conversation, via automated message.WitnessThe court heard on Monday from key prosecution witness Marcy Cruz, who said she was with the alleged attacker on the night in question. Cruz, who has pleaded guilty to her part in the attack, testified against Viramontes as part of a plea deal.According to the Chicago Sun Times, Cruz said Viramontes parked her minivan in the Bucktown area of the city and left the vehicle carrying a baseball bat, telling her he didn’t want her to be involved in what he was about to do.She said he was gone just long enough for one song to play on the radio, and that he returned carrying two purses, jumping through the rear sliding door and telling Cruz to drive off.Viramontes’ lawyers claim he is an innocent man, and have said the evidence linking him to the crimes is circumstantial.According to the Chicago Tribune’s report, prosecutors are expected to complete their case later today, and deliberations could begin as early as tomorrow once the jury hears from Viramontes’ defence team.Read: Key prosecution witness tells court attack on Irish student lasted less than three minutesRead: Friend of Irish student tells Chicago court of savage attack JURORS IN THE trial of a 34-year-old man accused of an attack on a young Irish student and her friend in Chicago three years ago have heard recorded phone conversations in which he admitted he attacked the women.Natasha McShane, from Silverbridge in Armagh, has been left with extensive brain injures and speech problems as a result of the baseball bat attack, and still needs help walking.Heriberto Viramontes is on trial in the US city charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed robbery in connection with the assault on Natasha and her friend Stacey Jurich in April 2010.In a phonecall recorded while he was in Cook County Jail, the accused could be heard questioning why he was being charged with attempted murder, the Chicago Tribune reports.He said: “My intention was not to kill them, my intention was to get money to get high”.“Armed robbery? Okay, fine,” he remarked later.In another call, he downplayed the attack, saying: “I was high, I did some stupid sh**”.last_img read more

Niall Collins admits that asking a judge not to jail a drug

first_img “@TodaySOR: Letter to judge was a mistake, I should stay on as FF justice spokesman – Niall Collins “He’s digging in and a bigger hole!— Paudie Coffey (@PaudieCoffey) June 20, 2014 Source: Paudie Coffey TD/Twitter Speaking on Morning Ireland today, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton described Collins’s actions as “totally inappropriate”, saying the Limerick TD had crossed “a line you cannot cross”.Yesterday Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the letter, which was on official headed paper, “constitutes a direct intervention in the administration of justice”.Sentencing in Porter’s case is due in October.- additional reporting from Hugh O’Connell Analysis: How Niall Collins did nothing wrong, but did himself no favoursRelated: Micheál Martin: TDs shouldn’t involve themselves in criminal proceedingscenter_img Updated 1.15pm FIANNA FÁIL JUSTICE Spokesman Niall Collins has said that sending a letter to a judge asking for him to show leniency when sentencing a convicted drug dealer was a mistake.Speaking on Today with Seán O’Rourke, Collins said that he had been “upfront” about the issue and would not do the same thing again.“It was a mistake to do it. I’m sorry it worked out the way it did.”This afternoon, his party leader Micheál Martin backed Collins to remain in the justice portfolio.Collins came under fire after it emerged yesterday that he had asked a judge for leniency when sentencing Hugo Porter, a father of four who admitted to the possession for sale of almost €18,000 worth of cannabis.Party leader Martin said that “Oireachtas members should not involve themselves in criminal proceedings”. However, he noted there were “exceptional circumstances” in this case.‘A very genuine one’When O’Rourke asked Collins about his position, he said that Martin had not asked him to resign.He stated that there was no political gain to be achieved from his actions and only wrote the letter on compassionate grounds to inform the judge of the “tragic circumstances” of the drug dealer’s children whose mother had died by suicide.Speaking to RTÉ this lunchtime, Micheál Martin said that he accepted that Collins’s motivation was “a very genuine one”.“His position is tenable, he’s been a very effective justice minister (sic) on various issues,” Martin said, adding that Collins had put “a lot of work into that brief”.He added: “I think in life we all accept that people make mistakes with very good motivation behind them.”Martin also said that there should be a cross-party code of ethics which would state that it is wrong for any politician to intervene in judicial matters.CriticismNot everyone accepted Collins’s reasoning, however.last_img read more

EU leaders agree migration deal after allnight Brussels talks

first_img Friday 29 Jun 2018, 6:37 AM The Alexander Maersk merchant vessel, believed to be carrying over 100 migrants rescued at sea, last week. Image: Santino Galazzo By AFP Jun 29th 2018, 6:37 AM EU LEADERS HAVE clinched a crucial migration deal during all-night talks that Italy’s hardline new premier said meant his country was “no longer alone” in shouldering the responsibility for migrants.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who heads a month-old anti-immigration government, had vetoed joint conclusions for the entire agenda of the summit in Brussels until his demands were finally met before dawn.Italy has turned away a series of migrant boats in recent weeks, sparking a fresh political row three years after the bloc faced its biggest ever migration crisis.“Today Italy is no longer alone. We are satisfied,” Conte, a former law professor who until recently was a virtual political unknown, told reporters following marathon talks described as “virulent”.The 28 leaders agreed to consider setting up “disembarkation platforms” outside the bloc, most likely in north Africa, in a bid to discourage migrants boarding EU-bound smuggler boats.Member countries could set up migrant processing centres — but only on a voluntary basis — to determine whether they returned home as economic migrants or admitted as refugees in willing states.French President Emmanuel Macron said that “European cooperation enabled this”.Merkel hails ‘good message’The leaders also offered a concession to German Chancellor Merkel, who faces a rebellion from within her own coalition government, with moves to stop migrants registered in Italy and other EU countries from moving to Germany.Merkel said: “After intensive discussion on what is perhaps the most challenging issue for the European union, it is a good message that we have adopted a joint text.”She had earlier warned that “migration could end up determining Europe’s destiny” if it failed to reach an agreement.The summit conclusions called on member countries to take “all necessary” steps to stop migrants initially arriving in countries such as Italy and Greece from moving on to Germany.After allowing more than one million asylum seekers into Germany since 2015, Merkel faces an end-of-month deadline from her own interior minister to seal pacts to curb so-called secondary migration.Italy’s stance has revived political tensions in the EU, despite the fact that arrivals have dipped by 96 percent since the peak of Europe’s migration crisis in 2015, and sparked warnings that authoritarian movements will take advantage of any failure to tackle migration.Conte came to Brussels emboldened by the announcement of an upcoming visit to US President Donald Trump, who has hailed Rome’s tough stance, and who himself blocked the conclusions of a recent G7 leaders meeting on trade.The Italian government demanded “concrete action” from other countries to help in the same way that they had after it refused to admit the rescue ships Aquarius, which docked later in Spain, and Lifeline, which went to Malta.‘Really tough guys’ Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Source: Yves Herman via APEU President Donald Tusk issued a fresh warning on the need for action on migration to stave off rising populism and authoritarianism, saying that “the stakes are high and time is short”.“Some may think I am too tough in my proposals on migration, but trust me, if we don’t agree on them, then you’ll see some really tough proposals from some really tough guys,” the former Polish premier added.But the leaders failed to agree on long-stalled plans to overhaul the bloc’s asylum rules, which say that migrants must be dealt with by the first country in which they arrive.The plans include a permanent scheme to share migrants arriving in Italy and Greece around all other EU countries.Former communist countries in Eastern Europe, particularly the authoritarian governments of Hungary and Poland, implacably oppose the plan.Brexit was meanwhile largely relegated to the sidelines of this summit, with British Prime Minister Theresa May set to update leaders after admitting the need to make “faster” progress as she arrived at the venue.- © AFP, 2018 EU leaders agree migration deal after all-night Brussels talks Italy’s hardline new premier said his country was “no longer alone”. 13,564 Views center_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Santino Galazzo The Alexander Maersk merchant vessel, believed to be carrying over 100 migrants rescued at sea, last week. 52 Comments Share55 Tweet Email last_img read more

VMC seeks regional consultants

first_imgThe Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals across all geographic regions of the state to become a member of one of its eight Regional Advisory Councils. The Expression of Interest is in relation to vacancies in the Regional Advisory Councils for the current term which expires in February 2015. All members are volunteers. Regional Advisory Councils provide advice to the VMC on settlement, multicultural affairs, service delivery and citizenship issues, advocate on behalf of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, and promote the benefits of cultural and religious diversity at the local level.The VMC is seeking applications from local residents, representatives of local service providers who have a focus on provision of services to multicultural communities, representatives of local business organisations; and representatives of local councils.Three Regional Advisory Councils are based in Metropolitan Melbourne – Eastern, Southern and North West, and five are based in rural and regional Victoria – Barwon South West, Hume, Loddon Mallee, Gippsland and Grampians. People who are committed to the future of their regions, and who can demonstrate leadership, vision, and the ability to champion regional interests are encouraged to apply. Information on how to apply for a position and nomination forms are available from, by calling (03) 9651 0651 or by email close midnight Monday 21 April 2014. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Missing Miami Gardens girl 10 found safe

first_imgPlease cancel #MissingPerson flyer. Tishara Collins has been located and is safe. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word. @crimestoppers305— Miami Gardens Police Dept. (@MGPDFL) July 15, 2019 MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have located a 10-year-old girl who went missing from her Miami Gardens home.According to Miami Gardens Police, Tishara Collins had been last seen at her home at around 8:30 p.m., Thursday. Late Sunday night, police confirmed the girl was safely recovered.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img