Under I grew up watching videos of Leo Messi

first_imgAS Roma’s Cengiz Under has spoken of the sensation he felt playing against his childhood hero Lionel Messi, after their shock win against BarcelonaThe Giallorossi produced one of the biggest and surprising comebacks in the history of the Champions League on Tuesday night, where they overcame a 4-1 deficit from the first leg to defeat Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and progress to their first semi-final appearance since the 1983/84 season.Under was on the bench for the decisive encounter, but came on for Patrick Schick in the 73rd minute and played a critical role by assisting Kostas Manoles nine minutes later for the decisive goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.In an interview with Sporx, the Turkey international was still getting over the sensation of having played against Messi and revealed his delight with the win.“I grew up watching videos of Leo Messi,” said Under, according to Football-Italia.“That’s how it was since I was 10. Playing on the pitch with him was indescribable, and obviously I’m delighted with this win.”last_img read more

Napoli are Juventus biggest title rival – Ventura

first_imgFormer Italy national team coach Giampiero Ventura believes that Napoli are the closest title rival to Juventus in the Serie A this season, with Inter Milan and AC Milan still rebuilding their squad.Juventus have been dominant in Italy, having won the league title for the past seven years in a row and needed 95 points to finish above Napoli last season.According to Football Italia, former Italian coach Giampiero Ventura has been paying close attention to the title race in Serie A this season and has given his opinion.“There’s been a lot of talk about the anti-Juventus, but it’s still the Napoli that got 91 points,” Ventura said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“[Carlo] Ancelotti is not only a great Coach but an intelligent person, he’s not throwing away the work of his predecessor [Maurizio Sarri], then week-by-week he’ll put in something of his own.“Inter have made great signings but, as happened with Milan last year, that doesn’t guarantee you results.“No-one imagined they’d take one point from two games.”last_img read more

Police respond to accident in GraceBay

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 6, 2017 – Providenciales –  Police and other emergency services yesterday were dispatched to a two motor vehicular accident in the Gracebay area of Providenciales.   Reports are that a vehicle overturned, persons are trapped and possible injuries sustained…Accident occurred at 9:36pm…#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

CleanUp Crew Travels to Acklins Ragged Island Second Evacuation Tomorrow

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 12, 2017 – Nassau – Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Captain Stephen Russell said there would be a flight today, September 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to Salina Point, Acklins.   This flight would take men from the local community to help with necessary clean-ups on the island of Acklins.Prime Minister Dr. The Rt. Hon. Hubert Minnis urged the remaining 20 residents on his visit to Ragged Island yesterday to evacuate as health conditions were deemed unfavorable.    A flight will be sent for the Ragged Island residents tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13, to bring them to New Providence.Ragged Island will receive heavy-duty tarps to help to preserve what is left of standing structures and to salvage any remaining valuables.   The Caribbean Development Bank has given $200,000 to aid in these recoveries.Also, teams from the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) have offered assistance in heeding NEMA’s requests for additional heavy-duty tarps, water containers, blankets, and other essentials.  NEMA will also receive assistance from the Chinese Embassy and US Northern Command.Story by: Sydnei IsaacsPress Release: BISlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Environmental Activists Biminites Decry South Cat Cay Development Document Evidence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 17, 2017 – South Cat Cay – A small plane circled slowly, flying over the blue-green waters of the northern Bahamas. It should have been a day of sightseeing, photographing an island under carefully managed development with its fragile marine resources protected as the gems that will lure those who will eventually visit, live there or leave their yachts.Instead, what they saw as they flew over South Cat Cay sent chills down their spines and cries of outrage and despair from their hearts.   The group in the plane included representatives from Save Our Home, a Bimini-based organisation, Save The Bays and Waterkeepers Bahamas.Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville said what he saw convinced him more than ever of the urgency of creating comprehensive environmental protection legislation and placing an environmental watchdog on every project.“It takes hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years to create coral reefs and minutes with heavy equipment to destroy it,” said Darville. “We are pleading, not asking, pleading with government.   When will you listen?   When will we begin to take these gifts that God gave us seriously and stop allowing uncaring people to eviscerate them in the name of progress?   This is not progress.  This is evil.”The story below is their story, in their words.  Save Our Home wrote it at the close of their aerial and land inspection during early November, 2017. Their words have not been edited. The introduction, they said, was gleaned from previously published reports:In 2009, the Government of the Bahamas under PM (Hubert) Ingraham gave full environmental approval for the 85-acre privately owned South Cat Cay for an exclusive, high end, hospitality and marina project.   The project will comprise a 53 room five star branded boutique hotel with related amenities, 29 marina condo units, 37 residential units, a 137 slip marina, restaurants, shops and recreational facilities.     This high-end resort will also include an upmarket residential community.During the course of construction in two phases it is estimated that some 75 Bahamians will be employed, and upon completion and build out some 170 permanent jobs will be created.   In addition to the $94 million capital investment by the developers, their economic impact assessment projects over $200 million in real estate sales over the first five years, which will significantly benefit government revenues, suppliers and employment.   The developer said the project will bring considerable benefit to Biminites in the form of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities generated by proposed retail space and excursions in the marina village.   They said they plan to purchase Bimini built skiffs for bone-fishing excursions led by Bahamian guides.   A Bahamian will operate a ferry service to and from Bimini; an artist in residence program will expose Bahamian artists to new techniques; a recording space will dedicate studio time for local musicians and local cooks will be provided with classical training.   Additionally, a fund is being established for primary and secondary educational facilities in Bimini to further long-term environmental awareness. It is also proposed that a marine sanctuary will be created to the south east of South Cat Cay to complement the educational initiative.But there comes a point when you start to feel like it’s just Deja-vu, that we have heard all this before, been promised jobs for Biminites, been told the highest environmental impact studies are being adhered to, but the reality is, to those of us who live here, it’s all just “hot air” and what they think people want to hear to sell us another story of jobs, progress and investment, but at what expense is the big question?On Thursday, November 9 the Save Our Home-Bimini Environmental Activist group was invited along with members of the Save The Bays team and Waterkeepers Bahamas to fly over South Cat Cay and witness for ourselves what is really going on.   Pictures and videos never lie and there before our very eyes was proof that the development is taking place as we speak, without the relevant silt barriers in place, the kind that actually work and contain the silt that is, properly installed without gaps and without proof of the silt drifting for miles.   Memories of the same devastation at the hands of RW (Resorts World) Bimini in 2014 during the dredging of the cruise ship pier spring to mind, with the same ineffectual yellow silt curtains that within two weeks of being installed broke open, covering the ocean in drifting polystyrene and the beaches to this day, covered in yellow plastics.   The cruise ship was rendered obsolete in a year.   Meanwhile, we lost 12 main dive sites off the west coast of Bimini, smothered in silt, which suffocated the corals and partially buried the stones of Atlantis, sites that divers come from all over the world to see and that locals earn their living from in dive tours.   Marine life dwindled to a point that some species are no longer seen in these waters.In the past couple of weeks, more than one hundred Bahamians have been fired from RW, leaving people wondering if the resort is going bankrupt over rumors that they are losing in excess of $26,000 a day.   And whilst the resort here in Bimini conjures images of a sinking ship, long predicted by those of us in the know due to the size of the development being too big for the infrastructure on such a small island, the Government is meanwhile playing out the same story all over again in South Cat Cay.Large populations of turtles used to be seen on the cays around South Cat, just like they did offshore from RW Bimini.   Now the water is so muddy with silt, nothing can be seen and in Bimini an annual Power Boat Grand Prix is organized around the very reefs that are home to turtles and sharks.Bimini and South Cat Cay has a blessing and curse, a blessing that it is at the top of the Bahamas chain and so brings an abundance of tourism to these shores, but a curse that successive governments seem to cash in on in taxes from such large scale developments, none of which is seen invested back into the local communities.   As Fred Smith QC has pointed out, until we have local governance and taxes made on these islands invested back into local community developments, instead of going into the countries capital never to be seen again, the family islands will continue to deteriorate and decline.One would think, that when heads of agreement come together, that a budget could be put in place with the developers to financially cover the employment of an on-site environmental advisor to monitor the development and provide weekly reports that all is in keeping with plans laid out, providing jobs for Bahamians and protecting our shores.   Instead, developers seems to think they have carte blanche to do whatever they like while no one is watching.   Accountability seems sadly lacking throughout the Bahamas development.   At the end of the day, we are left with our natural resources ransacked and foreign developers pulling out, once the damage is already done.   New legislation is needed putting the environment first in order to save one of the most beautiful parts of the world before it’s too late.   With the Bahamas being such low lying islands and global warming and sea levels rising, it makes no sense not to put new environmental legislation at the top of the priorities list moving forward.Release: DPA NewsPhoto captions:Header:  Sand and silt from dredging and excavating on South Cat Cay can smother coral reefs and kill the life that depends on the marine habitat. Already, say representatives of three organizations that inspected the development site this week, the once plentiful sea turtles in the area are no more.1st insert: Dredging and infrastructure work is underway at South Cat Cay where a hotel and marina were approved for the 85-acre site under the former FNM government, but environmentalists want to know where is the protection for marine resources?2nd & 3rd inserts: Inadequate silt barriers allow disturbed sand and silt to float over open waters, smothering coral reefs and suffocating the life that depends upon the habitat, potentially endangering grouper, hogfish and reef species and upsetting the full eco-cycle in a fragile eco-system. The above image was taken from a small plane flying over a development underway at South Cat Cay in the northern Bahamas. Environmentalists from three groups want to know where are those who are supposed to be protecting the marine environment of The Bahamas? They fear the project will mirror the tragedies of nearby Bimini where world-famous dive sites were destroyed by a massive dredger to make way for a cruise ship dock. The cruise ship does not call on Bimini anymore and more than 150 people have been laid off from their jobs at the resort it was intended to serve. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Morrison tips McCarthy to get Ireland job

first_imgFormer Republic of Ireland international Clinton Morrison has tipped Mick McCarthy to get the vacant national team job following Martin O’Neill’s departure.Morrison, who was handed his international debut during McCarthy’s first spell in charge of the Irish team between 1996 and 2002.The 59-year-old is currently the favorite for the job with reports suggesting he could be appointed within the next 48 hours.On Friday, Sky Sports said the former Ipswich United manager cancelled a scheduled appearance on Goals on Sunday as a result of the ongoing potential appointment.“Definitely, I think he’s a good manager,” he told Sky Sports News, as quoted by RTE.“When I first met him, he was a brilliant man manager. I went there because it was a brilliant set-up, I think he’s spot on.”Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“It’s a difficult one when you do go back, but for me he’s the perfect candidate.”Morrison did say he would have liked to have seen Chris Hughton go for the job – the Brighton man ruled himself out on Thursday – but says McCarthy is just as good.“He’s a serious man and he doesn’t take any prisoners,” he said.“He can get the best out of players.”The Republic of Ireland Football Association (FAI) is hoping to make a quick appointment, with the draw for the upcoming UEFA European Championship qualifiers scheduled to take place in Dublin on 2 December.last_img read more

HudsonOdoi Im always eager to play but its always the coachs

first_imgReports suggest Chelsea talented winger Callum Hudson-Odoi should play regular first-team football and may have to move abroad to grab more great opportunities.However, Hudson-Odoi knows that the decision to play lies on the coach.“Every opportunity I get I’ll keep striving and keep working hard, especially in training because that proves everything,” he said as reported by Goal.“The 90 minutes today boosted my confidence really. Hopefully, more opportunities will come.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I’m always eager to play but it’s always the coach’s decision as well so I’ve just got to keep working hard in training and keep proving myself and working hard and hopefully I keep getting the opportunities to play.”Talking about his first goal for the club, Hudson-Odoi continued:“I think I’ll celebrate it with all of my family really. They’ve always been there from the start and helped me all the way so I’ll definitely celebrate with them and have a good time and get back at it tomorrow.”last_img read more

Simone Inzaghi backs brother Filippo at Bologna

first_imgLazio manager Simone Inzaghi believes his brother Filippo can turn things around at Bologna, despite beating his team 2-0 on Boxing Day.Lazio versus Bologna on Wednesday afternoon pitted the two brothers against each other in the dugout, but Simone’s Lazio came out victorious with a 2-0 win.It was the first time the two brothers had faced each other as managers.Bologna is left in the relegation zone after the defeat, but Simeone has faith in his brother to change the club’s fortunes.“I think they’re just missing incidents going their way,” Simone Inzaghi said in his post-match Press conference quoted in Football Italia.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“I’m convinced that with the attitude of the second half and recent games, Bologna can get out of this.“When you look at both the European race and the relegation battle there’s not much in it. There are teams who are higher up whose season has hinged on an incident.“Look at Sampdoria after [Riccardo] Saponara’s goal against us.”last_img read more

McAllister talks about Defoe and Rangers

first_imgThe Rangers assistant manager speaks how the team needs to be ready for their next match in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round against Cowdenbeath.After almost three weeks without competitive play, Scottish Premier League club Rangers will be back to action.They will play next Friday against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round fixture.And for assistant manager Gary McAllister, this means the first match for Jermain Defoe with Rangers.“It will certainly be very different for Jermain, I don’t think he will have played in anything quite like it,” he said to The Express.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“As far as stock cars go, Cowdenbeath is one of the best in the world!”“It’s been a while since I played there to be fair but I was there as a teenager with Motherwell,” he added.“I can just remember the stock cars. It will certainly be different for Jermain and I don’t think he’ll have played in anything quite like it.”“I remember as manager at Leeds United we lost at Histon. To be fair, Leeds were in the third tier so were only a couple of divisions above Histon at the time,” he commented.“But in all honesty, my record wasn’t very good in the FA Cup when I first went to England.”last_img read more

SDSU reopens negotiations with city over Qualcomm Stadium site

first_img Posted: July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom SDSU reopens negotiations with city over Qualcomm Stadium site Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 26, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego State University officials have reopened discussions with the mayor’s office and members of the City Council over the future of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.The talks have been in person and over the phone with mayoral staff, but Mayor Kevin Faulconer has not been directly involved, Gina Jacobs of SDSU told City News Service. School officials also sent a letter to the mayor’s office and council members.The mayor’s office confirmed that conversations took place last week. “We stand ready and willing to lead in this effort in partnership with the city of San Diego in order to best address SDSU’s needs and the city’s objectives,” Jacobs told council members. “We recently have been in preliminary conversations with the mayor’s office, and we look forward to working with him as we do all of you.”Her comments came as the City Council voted to refer the issue of future use of the stadium property to its Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, for discussion within the next four months. A plan to declare the site to be surplus property fizzled following advice from the City Attorney’s Office. The stadium property became available when the Chargers left for Los Angeles. City leaders hope to shutter the aging, money-losing facility after the 2018 college football season. Talks between SDSU and the city come with a backdrop of the stalled SoccerCity proposal for the land. Developers led by FS Investors of La Jolla want to tear down the stadium and replace it with a hybrid facility for professional soccer and college football, along with parkland, housing, offices and shops.FS Investors qualified an initiative in support of the project but a vote isn’t likely until November of next year, after the City Council recently rejected a proposed special election for this fall.Meanwhile, SDSU officials have eyed the land for years for campus expansion, and now need somewhere for the Aztecs football team to play in the future. The school and developers failed to reach agreement on how to share the property.The five-page letter from SDSU Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Tom McCarron, delivered earlier today, comments on various legal issues and reiterates SDSU’s vision for campus expansion.The document calls for many of the elements in the FS Investors’ plan, such as parkland, housing, office space and retail development. It includes a 35,000-40,000-seat multi-use stadium, and office space that will be initially open to private interests but eventually taken over by the university. Housing would be for graduate students, faculty and staff, and the general public. “It’s a rare opportunity for SDSU and one that will not come again,” Jacobs said. “The Mission Valley site is the only proximate piece of land capable of  solving SDSU’s long-term expansion needs.”Jacobs said a more detailed plan will be unveiled in the coming months. Faulconer’s press secretary, Craig Gustafson, told City News Service that Chief of Staff Aimee Faucett has been meeting with various stakeholders on several issues in her first days on the job. “She met with SDSU officials last week and the future of the stadium site was one of the topics discussed,” Gustafson said. “Finding a solution for SDSU’s future needs remains an important part of any discussion related to the stadium site.”Faulconer has endorsed the FS Investors project and has held previous meetings with SDSU executives about campus expansion.  KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

53 illegal aliens arrested in ICE enforcement operation

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 24, 2018 53 illegal aliens arrested in ICE enforcement operation The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Public Affairs announced Tuesday that last week that 53 illegal aliens were arrested in a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement enforcement operation. The statement released can be read below.Forty-four illegal aliens were arrested during a weeklong enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in San Diego last week. An additional nine previously identified targets whose detainers were not honored were taken into ICE custody prior to the commencement of the operation.The five-day operation, which concluded Friday, April 20 was conducted by deportation officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) as part of the agency’s commitment to prioritize at-large criminal aliens. The targets included individuals with final orders of removal, those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed, individuals whose detainers were not honored and were encountered after  their release from jail pursuant to SB-54,  and individuals who have otherwise violated federal immigration laws.“Last week’s enforcement actions reflect the vital work ERO officers do every day to uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls,” said Gregory Archambeault, Field Office Director of the San Diego Field Office for ERO. “While we continue to face significant obstacles in dealing with so-called “sanctuary-city” polices, which hinder cooperation with local law enforcement, we will continue our relentless pursuit of safeguarding communities, diligently enforcing the U.S. immigration laws”.The arrests took place in Santee, Vista, Encinitas, Chula Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, San Diego and Imperial Beach. The arrests included Mexican and Guatemalan nationals.The criminal histories of the individuals taken into custody include crimes such as vandalism, hit and run, larceny, drug offenses and driving under the influence. Ten of the individuals arrested during the operation were previously deported aliens.Those arrested during the operation include:A Mexican national previously convicted of Possession for Sale of Heroin. He was previously removed as an aggravated felon. He was turned over to the United States Marshals Service, and is pending prosecution for Reentry after Removal of an Aggravated Felon.A Mexican national pending charge of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and Contempt of Court. His immigration detainer was not honored. He remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before an immigration judge.A Mexican national pending Driving Under the Influence and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before an Immigration Judge.A Mexican national previously removed from the United State and is pending charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs. His immigration detainer was not honored. He was removed from the United States to Mexico the same day of arrest.This week’s enforcement action was coordinated with ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program, which is responsible for investigating, locating, arresting and removing at-large criminal aliens, immigration fugitive aliens – aliens who have ignored final orders of deportation handed down by federal immigration courts, and aliens that have reentered after removal. ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams give top priority to cases involving aliens who pose a threat to national security and public safety.Editor’s note: The arrest statistics provided in this news release represent preliminary data that has been manually reported to ICE headquarters. KUSI Newsroom April 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

In Other News Air Force Committed to Hanscom AFB Installations Power Supply

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hanscom AFB is a critical asset for the Air Force with a bright future, Secretary Heather Wilson said Thursday following a tour of the installation located outside of Boston. Wilson, who was accompanied by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), said the service is spending about $225 million on construction at the base and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. “It’s a huge investment for us, a tremendous commitment to Hanscom as a base,” Wilson said, reported the Lowell Sun. … To counter the threat posed by a cyberattack on the nation’s critical infrastructure, military installations should be able to operate independently of the electric grid, either permanently or on a short-term basis, Robert Knake, the director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council during the Obama administration, said in a recent interview. Knake, now a senior research scientist at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, also suggested the commercial grid should be moved offline onto a separate internet for critical infrastructure, according to a Washington Post op-ed.Air Force Photo by Wayne Clarklast_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of September 23 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, September 23, 2018.Sunday, September 23No MeetingsMonday, September 24The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Session begins at 6pm. It appears the regular public meeting may begin AFTER 7pm, perhaps closer to 7:30pm. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, September 25The Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Rom at the Tech. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, September 26The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, September 27No MeetingsFriday, September 28No MeetingsSaturday, September 29No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Indian Navy to get 10 Kamov Ka31 AWACS helicopters in Rs 3600

first_imgReutersIn a major addition to the Indian Navy’s surveillance, the Ministry of Defence has approved the procurement of 10 Kamov Ka-31 Airborne Early Warning and Control helicopters. The total cost of the deal is expected to be around Rs 3,600 crore and 10 helicopters would be deployed on the aircraft carriers and warships including the INS Vikrant and Grigorovich-class frigates. Currently, apart from Russia, India and China use the chopper for its Navy. The main utility of the Ka-31 is a long-range detection airborne and naval threats.The helicopter has the ability to track targets over the much larger horizon than ship’s radars. The helicopter provides an important completion for the naval task force, whose ships are too small to operate carrier-borne early warning aircraft. Moreover, the Ka-31 is also capable of carrying out operations in the sea and anti-submarine warfare operations.Notably, the Indian Navy already has a fleet of Russian Kamov-28 and US made Sea-king choppers which were inducted in the service way back in the 1980s and require upgrades for future use. The election season has not affected the daily operations of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) and Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The meetings are being held as per the plans to clear the important acquisitions for the forces. US Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. The MH-60 Seahawk is the frontrunner to bag the Indian Navy contract for NMRH helicopters.Lockheed MartinGoing forward, the deal would be tabled for negotiations with the Russian counterparts post the cabinet committee on security would take up the final call. Apparently, Indian defence forces are on modernisation spree where the equipment across tri-services is being upgraded. In March, India decided to procure assault rifles, ammunition, and several other specialised types of equipment from the United States. Para (SF), Marcos and Garud commandos are the special forces of India Army, Navy and Air force respectively. Moreover, the India Air Force has also inducted the first squadron of the US made “Chinook” heavy-lift chopper.last_img read more

How much money is Vijay Devarakonda getting as remuneration for his next

first_imgVijay Devarakonda at the launch of his next movie HeroTwitterThe makers of Vijay Devarakonda’s next movie Hero are said to be spending Rs 8 crore on his bike race scene and this hefty sum has left his fans wondering over the amount he is being paid as remuneration.Vijay Devarakonda recently wrapped up the shooting of his 11th movie Dear Comrade, which is set for worldwide release on July 6. The actor is now gearing up to start filming his next movie titled Hero, which is written and directed by Anand Annamalai and produced Mythri Movie Makers. The movie was launched on Sunday and director Koratala Siva kick-started its filming by clapping the board.Hero is a musical-thriller with sports drama as the backdrop. We hear that the movie has an exciting bike race scene, which will be one of the major highlights of the film. The makers are said to be spending a hefty sum of Rs 8 crore on this single stunt sequence. He will start its shoot in Delhi from May 22.This news has left the filmgoers surprised over the total production cost and the remuneration of Vijay Devarakonda. Mythri Movie Makers, which is known for bankrolling big ticket films like Srimanthudu, Janatha Garage and Rangasthalam, has not revealed the budget of the film. But one thing is for sure that the producers must be offering more money as his payment than what he got for his last outing.Reports suggest that Vijay Devarakonda charged Rs 5 lakh as his remuneration for his first movie Pelli Choopulu, which was a big hit at the box office. He hiked it to Rs 5 crore after the success of Arjun Reddy. The huge success of his next release Geeta Govindam catapulted him to stardom and he reportedly revised his salary to Rs 10 crore. Despite this hike, he was flooded with several offers.Post the success of Geeta Govindam, Vijay Devarakonda had three release in 2018. Two of them were Ee Nagaraniki Emaindhi (cameo role) and Taxiwaala, which had signed before hiking his remuneration. He accepted bilingual movie NOTA after the back-to-back films and he is said to have been paid a bomb.Vijay Devarakonda is said to be drawing Rs 10 crore for his next outing Dear Comrade. With this, he has surpassed his colleagues like Nani and Sharwanand and joined the big league of top stars who draw more than Rs 10 crore in Tollywood. He is getting nothing less than this amount for his upcoming movie Hero too.last_img read more

2 female militants surrender Police

first_img2 female ‘militants’ surrender at Narsingdi ‘militant den’Two female ‘militants’ surrendered on the second day of the ‘Gordian Knot’ operation at another ‘militant den’ at Gangpar in Madhabdi municipality area of Narsingdi on Wednesday, reports UNB.They were named as Khadiza Akther Meghla and Mou.UNB Narsingdi correspondent from the spot said they were taken out of the building by an ambulance of Narsingdi fire service around 2:35pm and they were being taken to Dhaka.Earlier, the law enforcers asked them several times over loudspeakers to surrender.CTTC members in association with the local police surrounded the building of owned by Afzal Haji since Monday night.Members of CTTC unit and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) earlier conducted an operation at a ‘militant den’ in a five-story building at Bhogiratpur on Tuesday afternoon and recovered the bodies of two suspected militants.Deputy inspector general (DIG) of Dhaka Range Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun was also present there.last_img read more

2 killed in Gopalganj road crash

first_imgTwo persons, including an NGO official, were killed and five others injured as a microbus crashed into a motorcycle and a rickshaw van Gopalganj’s Ratil in Kashiani upazila on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were Nurul Islam, 40, manager of Kathi Bazar branch of Jagorani Chakra Foundation in Sadar upazila and son of M Abdul Morol of Rupdia in Jashore Sadar upazila, and rickshaw van driver Rakib Sheikh, 45, son of Noor Mohammad Sheikh of Dhankora village in Kashiani.Officer-in-charge of Kashiani police Station M Azizur Rahman said the microbus first smashed into the motorcycle of Nurul and then the van around 2:30pm before plunging into a roadside ditch after its driver lost control over the steering.The accident left the NGO official dead on the spot and Rakib and five passengers of the microbus injured.Physicians at Kashiani Upazila Health Complex declared the van driver dead on arrival after the injured were taken there.The rest of the injured were later sent to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, the OC said.last_img read more

India excludes 4m from citizens list in Assam

first_imgA woman carrying her son arrives to check her name on the draft list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at an NRC center in Chandamari village in Goalpara district in the northeastern state of Assam, India, 2 January, 2018. Photo: ReutersIndia said on Monday it had excluded more than 4 million people from a draft list of citizens in the border state of Assam who could not produce valid documents, a move that has sparked fears about the future of thousands in the region.Security has been tightened across the state, which borders Bangladesh, as thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims worry about being sent to detention centres or deported, a Reuters witness said.The tea-rich state of Assam has long been the centre of social and communal tensions with locals campaigning against illegal immigrants, a fight that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government has championed.In 1983, scores of people were chased down and killed by machete-armed mobs intent on hounding out Muslim immigrants.The government said the draft was not meant to drive people out and those struck out of the list would have a chance to re-apply.”Based on this draft, there is no question of anyone being taken to detention centres or foreigners’ tribunal,” Sailesh, India’s census commissioner who uses only one name, told rerporters in Guwahati, the state’s main city.Hundreds of thousands of people fled to India from Bangladesh during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan in the early 1970s. Most of them settled in Assam, which has a near-270 km (165-mile) border with Bangladesh.More than 30 million people had applied and 4,007,707 had been excluded from the list, Sailesh said.To be recognised as Indian citizens, all residents of Assam had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971.Sailesh did not provide a breakup of people who had failed to make to the draft list.Critics see the citizenship test as another measure supported by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aimed at minority Muslims. The BJP denies any bias but says it opposes a policy of appeasement of any community.Authorities in the state have previously said the citizenship test was crucial to protect ethnic Assamese, many of whom have demanded removal of outsiders they accuse of taking jobs and cornering resources in the state of 33 million.The first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), released on Dec. 31, confirmed the citizenship of 19 million people, leading to jubilation for some and heartbreak among others.The NRC, however, told the Supreme Court this month that 150,000 people from the first list, a third of them married women, would be dropped from the next one, mainly because they provided false information or gave inadmissible documents.”If the government has decided to brand us foreigners what can we do?” said Abdul Suban, 60, a Bengali-speaking Muslim, earlier.”The NRC is trying to finish us off. Our people have died here, but we will not leave this place.”last_img read more

Church cries foul as DR Congo opposition win vote

first_imgA supporter of Felix Tshisekedi, who was named provisional winner of Democratic Republic of Congo`s presidential election, celebrates outside the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) headquarters in Kinshasa on 10 January. Photo: AFPOpposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was on Thursday declared winner of DR Congo’s presidential election, but his victory was dismissed by the runner-up and questioned by the Catholic church, clouding the vote’s legitimacy and hopes of peace.In a pre-dawn announcement, election officials named Tshisekedi, son of the country’s long-term opposition leader, provisional winner of the troubled vote to replace President Joseph Kabila.The news brought thousands of supporters onto the streets while others who had backed his opposition rival Martin Fayulu came out in protest. Four people died in unrest.Fayulu, who came a close second, denounced the result as an “electoral coup”. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s influential Catholic church also said Tshisekedi’s victory did not tally with data collected by its own monitors.”These results have nothing to do with the truth at the ballot box,” Fayulu told Radio France International.”They have stolen the Congolese people’s victory and the people will never accept that.”At stake is political stewardship of the notoriously unstable central African nation, which has never known a peaceful transition of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.Election chief Corneille Nangaa declared Tshisekedi the winner with 38.57 per cent of the 30 December vote, just ahead of Fayulu with 34.8 per cent.Kabila’s preferred successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, came a distant third with 23.8 per cent.Results of parliamentary elections, which were held alongside the presidential vote, are expected on Friday evening and the pro-Kabila majority are already claiming to have won the house.The last two elections in 2006 and 2011, both of which were won by Kabila, were marred by bloodshed, and many fear a repeat of the violence if the result lacks credibility.Two civilians and two policemen were killed Thursday and another 10 people injured when a protest erupted in the western city of Kikwit, a Fayulu stronghold, police said.Wild celebrationsIn Kinshasa, thousands of people converged upon the headquarters of Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the country’s oldest and largest opposition party, singing and dancing at his surprise victory.Pouring onto the streets, they celebrated wildly, cheering and honking car horns in scenes of joy that lasted into the morning under the bemused eye of the security forces who had fanned out across the capital.In his first remarks after the result, the portly 55-year-old, who has never held high office or even a managerial role, immediately pledged to work closely with Kabila.”Today we should no longer see him as an adversary, but rather as a partner for democratic change in our country,” he told supporters.But elsewhere in Kinshasa, the mood was sombre, with representatives of the Catholic church openly disputing the figures released by the Independent National Election Commission (CENI).”The result of the presidential election as published by CENI does not correspond with the data collected by our observer mission from polling stations and counting centres,” said Father Donatien Nshole, spokesman for CENCO, which represents the country’s Catholic bishops.The Church has long been pressing for the departure of Kabila, who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 2001, well beyond the limit of his second and final term in December 2016.Calls for calmAbroad, the mood was watchful, marked by a noticeable lack of congratulations for Tshisekedi.Many have eyed the developments in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country with concern, with the United Nations leading calls to avoid violence.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian dismissed Tshisekedi’s victory as “not consistent” with the actual results, indicating that Fayulu had won, while the US State Department demanded “clarification” over the result and urged “all stakeholders to remain calm”.The African Union said it “took note” of the result and warned any dispute over the outcome should be “resolved peacefully”.The European Union said it was awaiting clarification from international observers.In contrast, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged “all regional and international interested parties to refrain from speculation” and let the election board complete its work.The announcement of an opposition win was a shock as many had expected the results to be stacked in Shadary’s favour, prompting heavy international pressure on Kinshasa to respect the wishes of the electorate.Tshisekedi debt to KabilaThe vast central African country has been increasingly on edge over the long-delayed vote.Kabila’s hold on power has sparked a political crisis and protests that were bloodily repressed.”Kabila did not want to risk announcing Shadary as the winner, which would have triggered violent protests and international condemnation,” said Robert Besseling, executive director of risk consultancy EXX Africa.”Instead, he chose to split the opposition by creating a power-sharing deal with Tshisekedi.”Tshisekedi “owes his ascendancy to power to Kabila’s control of the electoral commission”, and in exchange Kabila would look for immunity from any prosecution or asset seizure after handing over power, Besseling said.last_img