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Di Francesco reveals what Roma need to improve on for next

Di Francesco reveals what Roma need to improve on for next

first_imgAS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco has revealed that they must improve up front if they are to mount a challenge for the Serie A title next seasonThe Giallorossi finished their league campaign with a narrow 1-0 win against Sassuolo on Sunday night with a Gianluca Pegolo own goal proving to be the difference between the two sides.Roma has finished in a respectable third place in the Serie A table for this term, but they have ended up 10 points off last season’s total at 77 points.While pleased with the defensive work of his side this campaign, Di Francesco is under no doubt that Roma must effective in front of goal.“We’ve got the second-best defence in the league, but we need to improve in front of goal. We’re too far off the teams who finished ahead of us. We’ve created a lot of chances this season but we could have done better to finish them off,” the Italian told the club website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Since replacing the departed Wojciech Szczesny at the beginning of the season, Alisson has greatly impressed in goal for the capital club and is widely expected to be targeted by the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool this summer.“I haven’t been told anything about this. Obviously, the transfer market can throw up all sorts of situations, but my wish is that he remains here,” said Di Francesco.The Roma boss’ sole focus is on reducing the gap up front with the club having ended up 18 points behind champions Juventus with second place Napoli 14 points ahead.“We want to reduce the gap on the sides that finished in front of us. We want to improve and our performances are the way to show that. We will work hard to get better,” added Di Francesco.last_img read more

Reiss Nelson drops a hint over Arsenal future

Reiss Nelson drops a hint over Arsenal future

first_imgArsenal loan star Reiss Nelson has stated that he aims to become a club legend as he dropped a hint of a possible return in JanuaryThe 18-year-old forward has already bagged six goals in seven appearances on loan at Hoffenheim this season.Following Danny Welbeck’s horrific injury last week, Nelson has been tipped to make an early return to the Emirates Stadium.Now the teenage star himself hinted that it could happen while discussing his plans to become an Arsenal legend.“Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson told BBC.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.“I just want to go back there stronger because at the time I was at Arsenal I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.“I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me strong and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very good there.“I want to be an Arsenal legend. And, for England, it’s the best. You can’t beat playing for your country I don’t think.”Nelson made 15 appearances for Arsenal last season and signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners in the summer.last_img read more

Wijnaldum sees room for improvement despite win

Wijnaldum sees room for improvement despite win

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum has praised Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth but affirmed there is still room for improvement in their games away from home.Jürgen Klopp’s side clearly dominated and managed the game at the Vitality Stadium as they pummelled the Cherries with three second-half goals.Mohamed Salah bagged a hat-trick – with the other a Steve Cook own goal – to secure a result that lifted the Reds a point ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.However, Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum insisted Liverpool, who are now top of the Premier League table could have done better in the game.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“It would have been complete if we’d done the first half much better,” the midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle.“But in the second half we did what we usually do with the counter-press; that’s how we scored the second goal, when Mo scored. That’s the game we want to play – a high press when we lose the ball, counter-press to create chances, and also play to create chances. That went well in the second half.“It was a good game but if you want the perfect game, we had to play a better first half.”last_img read more

SDPD reacts to San Diego being called the safest big city by

SDPD reacts to San Diego being called the safest big city by

first_img Updated: 10:48 AM October 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, I want to thank @CarlosTVRadio and @LaurenKUSI for having me on the @KUSI_GMSD to talk about San Diego as America’s Safest Big City. If you want to be a part of something bigger @joinSDPDnow #oneteamonemission pic.twitter.com/ZhS4CLGOSR— David Nisleit (@ChiefNisleit) October 25, 2018 SDPD reacts to San Diego being called the safest big city by FBI Posted: October 25, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Recently the FBI named San Diego the safest big city with the lowest violent crime rate.San Diego Police Cheif David Nisleit explained what that means for the department and its recruiting efforts. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Wilmingtons Carpenters Local 339 Donates 500 To Helmets To Hardhats Veteran Group

Wilmingtons Carpenters Local 339 Donates 500 To Helmets To Hardhats Veteran Group

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Massachusetts building trades unions, including Wilmington-based Carpenters Local 339, honored local veterans this week and raised more than $50,000 for life-changing career pathways program, Helmets to Hardhats.Helmets to Hardhats is a national nonprofit that connects National Guard, reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with meaningful, family-sustaining careers in the union building trades. Carpenters Local 339 donated $500 to the group.The Massachusetts Building Trades Council is a longtime supporter of the program, which has placed more than 575 military veterans in union construction jobs statewide.“We are so proud to support Helmets to Hardhats in providing career opportunities for our valued veterans. With these donations, we want to thank these courageous men and women for their service and send a clear message that there is a place for them with our unions,” said Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council.The Massachusetts building trades unions represent the largest workforce in the state, and they’re focused on creating middle-class employment opportunities for families across the commonwealth, including for returning veterans. 75,000 men and women have great jobs and benefits with the union building trades, and nearly a quarter of a million children, spouses, and workers are covered by their high-quality union health plans. And through Build a Life and Building Pathways, the unions are creating new avenues of economic opportunity for women and people of color so that everyone can benefit from well-paying careers in the union construction trades.Helmets to Hardhats Executive Director Darrell Roberts recognized the generosity of the building trades unions and union contractors.“Thanks to the generous contributions of the Massachusetts building trades unions and union contractors, we’re able to ensure that our returning veterans have meaningful, well-paying careers in the union building trades. Their support has allowed us to do even more to support the commonwealth’s bravest,” said Roberts.Organizers attributed much of the partnership’s success to its focus on creating new employment opportunities, and ongoing career advancement, through extensive training. The Massachusetts building trades unions spent $48 million last year alone to ensure workers at every phase of their career had free hands-on training.(NOTE: The above press release via Carpenters Local 339.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Meagan Pennie Receives Scholarship From Sheet Metal Workers Local 17In “Education”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Senator Markey Says FCC Vote Imperils Community TelevisionIn “Government”Wilmington’s iPods For Wounded Veterans Travel To Arizona, Partner With Teamsters To Give Gifts To VeteransIn “Community”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Banks Julieann Thurlow Elected Chair Of Cooperative Central Bank

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Banks Julieann Thurlow Elected Chair Of Cooperative Central Bank

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) is proud to announce that Julieann Thurlow, RCB President & CEO, has been elected as chair of The Co-operative Central Bank, which is a Share Insurance Fund (SIF) made up of many co-operative banks across Massachusetts and is responsible for insuring all deposits of cooperative bank customers above FDIC limits.The Co-operative Central Bank is a private special act corporation. It was established in 1932 to provide a source of cash reserves for all co-operative banks in Massachusetts. The Share Insurance Fund was established by the Legislature in 1934 to provide protection for deposits in Massachusetts chartered co-operative banks. The SIF is a private fund owned by the member co-operative banks, which insures all deposits at co-operative banks in Massachusetts above Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) limits. Not one dollar has been lost in a cooperative bank in Massachusetts since its inception.The unique, combined insurance coverage afforded by the FDIC and the SIF provides the best deposit insurance available, whether deposit balances are held in passbook, statement or certificate type accounts, or in any combination of these accounts. Since its inception, the SIF has preserved the enviable claim of member co-operative banks that “no depositor has ever lost a dollar in any Massachusetts co-operative bank.”“It’s truly an honor and a privilege to serve as Chairman of an organization that’s looking out for community banks in our State,” Thurlow said. “I look forward to doing my part in upholding the promise that the fund has made to its member institutions for generations.”To contact The Co-operative Central Bank, please visit: http://www.coopcentralbank.com/contact.html.About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Reading Cooperative Bank.)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… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Supports Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Elder Independence FundIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Is A Founding Member Of Alloy LabsIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank’s Julieann Thurlow Ranks in the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses, AgainIn “Business”last_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are a couple of recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:AAA: Astros vs. Pirates on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Boutwell FieldAnother hard-fought game was waged between the Pirates and the Astros. After leading for most of the game, the Pirates were unable to hold off the tenacious Astros, falling 10 to 8 in 5 innings. Mickey Moroney was stellar for the Pirates in his first game on the mound pitching two solid innings. With some timely hitting, the Pirates held leads of 4 to 1 and 5 to 3 into the middle innings. The Astros’ starter Dylan Costantiello struck out one and made a nice play in the field during his inning of work. Tony Cummings then pitched three innings, striking out seven and making two plays of his own. Finally, Cael Considine baffled the Pirates’ hitters in the last inning, striking out two. Solid fielding is emerging as one of the Astros’ strengths. Considine’s two putouts at first base, Aidan Raposa’s great play at third for an unassisted putout, and Owen Wills snaring a sharp grounder at third holding the Pirates’ batter to a single were three examples. Every Astro found his way on base during the game led by Kevin Pruslin, John Roofe, Patrick Moriarty, and Jake Gryglik who were each on base three times. Roofe continued his hot hitting with a single and a booming double. Moriarty ripped two singles as the other player with a two-hit afternoon. Raposa launched a screaming single up the middle in the third inning and Pruslin, Cummings, Considine, Andrew Santo, and Kyle Price added singles of their own. Costantiello, Connor Jamieson, Gryglik, and Wills were among those who displayed their keen batting eyes working walks and Gryglik again showed his blazing speed with a stolen base. The final rally included clutch hits and walks by Roofe, Santo, Raposa, Jamieson, and then the game-winning single by Moriarty scoring Santo. Overall, the Pirates and Astros left it all out on the field and had a great time doing so!Single A: Ray vs. Pirates on Monday, May 6, 2019 at Boutwell FieldThe Pirates and Rays played a close game. The Rays made several great plays and had strong pitching performances from Michael Crowley, Tommy Roofe, and Ryan Doherty. Defense was impressive tonight featuring great plays by Brendan Cyr and an impressive inning as catcher by Sean Witalisz. The bats were alive early on with some big hits by Benji Hebert, Alex Sullivan, Chris Gattineri, Jackson Childs, and Cameron White. The Pirates were led on the mound by Zach Maiella, Ryan Biggins, and Bart Zaino, while Joshua Lopez and Colby O’Brien were strong behind the plate. Jack Jamieson had a great defensive game at first base as well. The bats were on fire early, with Nico McCollem starting things with a leadoff hit. Bradley Stephen, Sam Beaudoin, and Sean Theodos joined in with their own timely hits, and Ben Sawyer showed off his speed running the bases.(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)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… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

New York makes its pitch again for Amazons HQ2

first_img Politics Share your voice An an anti-Amazon HQ2 rally outside New York City Hall. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Some powerful New Yorkers are trying to get Amazon to bring back HQ2.The New York Times reported Thursday that an open letter will be published in the Times on Friday that asks Amazon to reconsider its decision to walk away from its plan to build a 25,000-employee campus in Long Island City, Queens. The company pulled the plug on the project, dubbed HQ2, following vocal and persistent opposition to the plan after it was announced three months ago.The letter was signed by the CEOs of Mastercard, Warby Parker, Goldman Sachs, Tishman Speyer and Jetblue, among others. The presidents of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and state AFL-CIO, which were expecting thousands of construction jobs to come from the project, also signed, as did US Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Carolyn Maloney.”We know the public debate that followed the announcement of the Long Island City project was rough and not very welcoming,” the letter stated. “Opinions are strong in New York — sometimes strident. We consider it part of the New York charm! But when we commit to a project as important as this, we figure out how to get it done in a way that works for everyone.”New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also had several conversations with Amazon, including CEO Jeff Bezos, about bringing back the project, the Times said.The letter and Cuomo’s behind-the-scenes efforts are part of the latest fallout since Amazon abandoned HQ2 in New York. The opposition has celebrated the exit as a victory for grassroots campaigns and a stand against lavish government incentives for new development plans. Amazon was slated to get about $3 billion in tax breaks for building the project. Supporters, who weren’t as vocal during the run-up to Amazon leaving, expressed shock and consternation about Amazon’s decision and worried that New York would appear unfriendly to new businesses.While the business community was broadly seen as in favor of the project, the letter shows how both the camps supporting and opposing HQ2 included unions and Democratic US congress members. Unlike Jeffries and Maloney, US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke against the HQ2 plan. Amazon declined to comment for this story, but the Times said Thursday that “Amazon executives gave no sense that it would reconsider.”The company is moving forward with the other half of the HQ2 project, which will be located in Arlington, Virginia. The company also faces public opposition to that project, too, though it appears to be smaller. Post a comment Amazon 0 Tagslast_img read more

Oracle ordered to pay HP 3 billion in Itanium case

first_imgA California jury ordered Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) to pay Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co (HPE.N) $3 billion in damages in a case over HP’s Itanium servers, an Oracle spokeswoman said on Thursday.Oracle said it would appeal the verdict.The Itaniuum processor is made by Intel Inc (INTC.O).Oracle decided to stop developing software for use with HP’s Itanium-based servers in 2011, saying that Intel made it clear that the chip was nearing the end of its life and was shifting its focus to its x86 microprocessor.But HP said it had an agreement with Oracle that support for Itanium would continue, without which the equipment using the chip would become obsolete.In the first phase of trial in 2012, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled that there had been a contract. The jury on Thursday decided damages.”HP is gratified by the jury’s verdict, which affirms what HP has always known and the evidence overwhelmingly showed,” John Schultz, executive vice president and general counsel of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said in an e-mailed statement, saying that Oracle’s decision to stop the software development “was a clear breach of contract.”In a statement, Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley said the company had been providing all its latest software for Itanium servers since Kleinberg’s decision.”Now that both trials have concluded, we intend to appeal both today’s ruling and the prior ruling,” Daley said.last_img read more

Domestic car sales rose 5 in February Sensex sheds 100 points after

first_imgVehicles move past the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi, India, October 1, 2016 (representational image).Reuters file11.38 AM IST: The Sensex and Nifty pared gains after a bullish opening driven by investors cheering results of exit polls that gave the BJP a clear edge over rivals in the key state of Uttar Pradesh. The Sensex was up 24 points at 28,854. Domestic car sales rose 4.9 percent in February to 1,72,623 units while overall passenger sales increased 9 percent to 2,55,359 units, the PTI reported, citing data released by automobile industry body Siam.However, two-wheeler sales remained almost flat at 13.62 lakh units.The Auto index on the BSE was up 0.17 percent. 9.15 AM IST: Stock markets open with a bang, on expected lines in response to the exit poll predictions. The BSE Sensex gained 124 points to reach 29,053 while the NSE Nifty was trading 37 points higher at 8,964. Top Sensex gainers were Hero Motocorp, Adani Ports, GAIL (India) and TCS.Wipro was trading 0.94 percent higher at Rs 488, GAIL was down 0.29 percent at Rs 378 after going ex-bonus on Thursday (ratio was 1:3), Dr Reddy’s Labs was trading 0.29 percent higher at Rs 2,716 despite receiving more than 10 observations after inspection by the US FDA of its manufacturing unit at Duwada, Visakhapatnam.Exit polls by various agencies give close to 180 seats to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. This could trigger a rally on Indian stock markets. The actual results will be declared on Saturday (March 11), but the party seen as falling short of a clear majority could dampen sentiments for investors.The best possible outcome for the BJP is 251-279 seats predicted by the India Today-Axis My India Poll, placing the saffron party far ahead of the Samajwadi Party-Congress coalition’s 88-112 seats.The Times Now-VMR Exit Poll says the BJP could win 190-210 seats, while the Samajwadi Party-Congress is likely to bag 110-130 seats. The BSP may finish with 57-74, in the 403-member Assembly. Another exit poll, by NewsX-MRC, predicted the BJP to win 185 seats with the Samajwadi Party-Congress finishing second at 120 and the BSP at 90 seats. ABP-Lokniti exit poll gave 164-176 seats to the BJP and 156-169 to the Samajwadi Party-Congress.India TV-C Voter said the BJP will get 155-167 seats while the Samajwadi Party-Congress coalition would finish with 135-147 seats. The poll of polls gave the BJP 179 seats, SP-Congress 136 and the BSP 77 seats.On Thursday, the BSE Sensex closed 27 points higher at 28,929 while the NSE Nifty gained 3 points to end at 8,927. Top gainers on the BSE included Unichem Labs, Inox Wind, Balrampur Chini Mills, SpiceJet and Dish TV.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) scaled down their purchases after spell of huge purchases in the past few days and were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 488 crore, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE). “There was a positive sentiment in the market as continued FIIs buying and hope of GST implementation. Global markets were not encouraging on expectation of US Fed rate hike in 15th March policy meeting. Both Hong Kong and China Index declined 1% each on account of China reporting poor CPI numbers,” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note on Thursday.Another analyst advised caution ahead of results. “Tomorrow being the last day before the actual outcome, we would expect some volatility in the market. Hence, it’s advisable to avoid the momentum trading as the market may give few whipsaws.,” Sameet Chavan, Chief Analyst, Technical & Derivatives, Angel Broking.On Wednesday, FIIs were net buyers of stocks worth Rs 3,573 crore, preceded by Rs 920 crore on Tuesday and Rs 564 crore on Monday.The rupee closed at 66.71 to the US dollar on Thursday, unchanged from its previous close. Gold prices closed Rs 250 lower at Rs 29,250 per 10 gm.last_img read more

Karnataka phone tapping scandal CM Yediyurappa orders probe into case

first_imgTwitter [Representational Image]The Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa has ordered an investigation into the illegal phone tapping scandal in the state after receiving several complaints about the issue.The Karnataka phone tapping scandal is getting murkier after several top shot politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and government officials alleged that their private conversations were illegally acquired on the approval of the previous Congress-JD(S) coalition.CM Yediyurappa told the state Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar that an investigation needs to be conducted over the matter to wash out the people responsible for this and hold them accountable for the illegal use of government machinery. Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda has also demanded an investigation over the matter. He said that no one should resort to such means as it is illegal and whoever is responsible for this will be revealed.The probe has been initiated after several leaders of the saffron party including R Ashoka, Tejasvi Surya and former JD(S) leader and disqualified MLA AH Vishwanath requested the state CM to conduct a detailed investigation over the allegations of phone tapping.It is alleged that the former CM HD Kumaraswamy was the man behind the alleged phone tapping. However, he has denied the accusations saying that there was no need for him to tap the phone calls to save the government. He claimed that he would never do such a thing as he has been repeatedly saying that the chief minister’s post is not forever.The phone calls of several politicians from the Congress, JD(S) and the BJP were illegally recorded. Not just politicians, people close to the politicians, journalists covering political stories and senior police officers were also tapped continuously for months until the recent Lok Sabha elections.R Ashoka said that he had complained about the phone tappings about six months ago but then the coalition government headed by HDK had denied it.Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao had commissioned a probe into the illegal phone tapping on August 8 after a leaked conversation allegedly from his phone was made public. The alleged clip contained conversation between Rao and another man named Faraz from Delhi, lobbying for his current post with Congress leaders.last_img read more

Abducted RU student rescued in Dhaka

Abducted RU student rescued in Dhaka

first_imgRajshahi UniversityThe police have rescued the abducted female student of Rajshahi University (RU) on Saturday afternoon in Dhaka. RU proctor Mohammed Lutfor Rahman confirmed the rescue of the student who was kidnapped from the gate of university dormitory. The proctor said, Rajshahi police rescued her with assistance from Dhaka police. The student’s former husband, who allegedly kidnapped her, was with her and they are being brought back to Rajshahi.Students of RU on Saturday morning besieged the residence of the vice-chancellor, protesting against the abduction and demanding that security be ensured. The fourth year student of the Bangla department of RU was abducted allegedly by her ‘estranged’ husband from the university campus on Friday morning while she was on the way to take her exams.The student is from Naogaon and lived at Taposi Rabeya Hall.last_img read more

B Chy demands reconstitution of EC for fair polls

B Chy demands reconstitution of EC for fair polls

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoPresident of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday laid emphasise on forming a neutral government dissolving parliament for the sake of a fair and neutral general election, reports UNB.Speaking at an iftar party, he also demanded reconstitution of the current election commission with impartial persons to hold the 11th parliamentary elections in a credible manner.Dhaka city north unit BDB arranged the programme at a convention centre in the city’s Uttara area.B Chowdhury, also a former president, said, “A level-playing field must be created first to remove the obstacle towards holding an acceptable national election.”To ensure a level-playing field, he said an election-time neutral government, a proven neutral election commission and dissolution of parliament are crucial so that ministers and MPs cannot avail of government facilities during the polls.The BDB chief also said it is unlikely that there will be a level-playing field when hundreds of opposition leaders and activists will be there in jail during the election.He also talked against extrajudicial killings in the name of anti-narcotics drive. “We don’t know who’re being killed in the name of the anti-drug drive and using other excuses. We also don’t know their identities. Bur, there’s an allegation that they’re political activists.”B Chowdhury said a level-playing field will also not be created if political activists are killed or arrested on various excuses while the field remains under the control of a particular party.Accusing the government of keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail ignoring the apex court order, he called upon it to be respectful to the rule of law and the verdicts of the judiciary.The former president observed that both Awami League and BNP leaders and activists are afraid of post-election violence and their security if their respective party loses the polls due to longstanding conflicts between the two major parties.Even the common voters, he said, are also in doubt which party will be able to ensure their security after the election.Under the circumstances, he said, the political scenario can be changed if only a third political force emerges out of people’s fear about the two parties and for the sake of peace and discipline in the country.last_img read more

Convicts shouldnt contest polls Quader

Convicts shouldnt contest polls Quader

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the convicted people should not contest the upcoming national election on moral grounds, reports UNB.”It’s better for the convicted persons to stay away from the election on moral grounds. Awami League doesn’t support it morally,” he said while addressing a press briefing at party chief’s Dhanmondi political office.The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday stayed a High Court order that had allowed a convicted person to take part in the national election, blocking the way for those sentenced to over two years’ imprisonment to join the upcoming parliamentary elections billed for 30 December.Following the apex court’s verdict, many BNP leaders, including its chairperson Khaleda Zia, cannot participate in the election as they were convicted in various cases.Describing Jatiya Oikya Front’s ‘failure’ to announce its prime minister candidate before the election as its primary defeat, Quader said, “Although there’re many leaders in the platform, there’s no one who can take the responsibility of the prime minister.”He said BNP’s announcement to launch a movement just before 25 days of the election is nothing but a nightmare. “People are now in an election mood, they’re not in a movement mood,” he said, alleging that BNP is trying in many ways to destabilise the situation.The ruling party leader also claimed that Awami League depends on people’s strength while BNP on rumour. “As BNP has less confidence in people, they depend on rumour.””The difference between a communal party and non-communal one is now clearer than in the past. The people of Bangladesh will choose the right one for their betterment. We don’t believe that people will vote for the party which patronises communalism and militancy in the name of politics,” he said.Quader also warned that those will remain in the election race going against the party decision will be expelled from the party for life.last_img read more

17 condemned convicts still at large

17 condemned convicts still at large

first_imgEkramul HaqueLaw enforcement agencies are yet to arrest the 17 convicts sentenced to death by a lower court in March last year in Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque Ekram murder case, reports UNB.Feni district and session’s court on 13 March 2018 sentenced 39 people to death in the sensational murder case. Among them, 22 are now behind bars while 17 remained fugitive.In the verdict, 16 other accused, including prime accused BNP leader Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar, got acquittal.Family members of the victim have expressed doubt over the execution of the verdict as hearing on the appeal with the High Court against the verdict is yet to be held.Talking to reporters, Ekram’s bother Mojammel Haq said, “Although those involved in the murder got due punishment, the masterminds remained untouched. It must be ensured by the government that the condemned convicts don’t get acquittal at the higher court. The government must take initiatives for the quick execution of the verdict.”Lawyer Hafez Ahmed, Feni judge court public prosecutor (PP), said Ekram was killed by armed miscreants in front of Bilasi Cinema Hall on 20 May 2014. His elder brother then filed a case with Feni model police station.Among the 22 condemned convicts, then Awami League (AL) joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Adel, municipality councilor Abdullah Hil Mahmud Shiblu are now in jail.Jailer of Feni district jail Didarul Alam said the condemned convicts were shifted to Kashimpur high security jail after the pronouncement of the verdict.Among them, Nur Uddin Mia, Arif and Tota Mia were brought back to Feni as they were convicted in other cases, too.The fugitive 17 convicts are Fulgazi upazila AL joint general secretary Jahid Hossain Jihad, Feni-2 MP Nizam Hazari’s cousin Abidul Islam Abid, Nafiz Uddin Anik, Arman Hossain Kauser, Jahedul Hashem Soikat, Ziaur Rahman Bappi, Jashim Uddin Nayan, Emran Hossain Russel, Rahat Erfan, Ekram Hossain, Shafiqur Rahman, Kafil Uddin, Mosleh Uddin Asif, Ismail Hossain Chuttu, Mohiuddin Anis, Bablu and Titu.Dfence counsel Ahsan Kabir Bengal said the convicts filed an appeal with the Appellate Division against the lower court verdict.last_img read more

Two Houston School Board Incumbents Seek Reelection Two Others Step Down

Two Houston School Board Incumbents Seek Reelection Two Others Step Down

first_img Share Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaIn October, Trustee Diana Davila issued an apology to the community on behalf of the Houston school board, for how they’ve behaved over the last 10 months.The slate of candidates is set for the Houston school board elections in November, even as a state-appointed board of managers is looking more likely due to governance issues and chronic low test scores at one high school.Of the four seats up for election, two incumbents — Diana Davila representing District VIII and Sergio Lira in District III — are running for another term.  But two other trustees, Rhonda Skillern-Jones and Jolanda Jones in Districts II and IV respectively, have decided to step down and not run for another term. In all, 11 candidates are vying for those open seats: seven in District II and four in District IV.Mark Jones, a political professor with Rice University, said that might not be enough turnover to avoid a state takeover of the entire nine-member board.“If in the end the level of renewal is only two seats, I doubt that has much effect on the overall function of the board and probably more importantly does not change the vision of the board in the eyes in the state of Texas government and the eyes of the TEA in particular,” Jones said.The beleaguered board is subject to a special investigation by the Texas Education Agency, whose top investigator has recommended that the state’s Education Commissioner, Mike Morath, replace the elected board with an appointed board of managers. Separately, the HISD board of trustees could be removed and replaced with appointed governors because one high school, Wheatley, recently had its seventh failing grade in a row. A state law mandates that a school be closed or a school board be replaced if a campus fails state standards for five or more years.Another HISD trustee, Elizabeth Santos, has announced she’s exploring a run for the Texas House to replace state Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Houston Democrat, but isn’t required to resign in order to campaign.Despite the threat of a state takeover, the elections will move forward, according to TEA’s rules. If the commissioner does appoint his own board of mangers, those governors would schedule new elections as they transition back to an elected board. In that scenario, recently elected HISD officials could assume their powers and serve out the remainder of their terms, if there is any time left during that transition. HISD trustees serve four-year terms; state-appointed board of managers have typically served between two and five years in other Texas districts.Jones said that Davila and Lira may be more vulnerable than typical incumbents because of the allegations in the state’s investigation, but considered them still the favorites as incumbents. They each face only one challenger: Judith Cruz in District VIII and Dani Hernandez in District III. What’s more, Jones said, is that the Houston mayoral race and City Council elections in November could drown out attention from the school board races.For the open seats, Jones said the real battle is to get into a run-off.He said while the general public may not be very attuned to the controversies swirling around the board — from secret meetings to free meals — the looming potential state takeover could have dampened a more robust challenge against either Davila or Lira.“There’s a sense of why bother — Why go out and work really hard? Why incur the wrath of incumbents and the special interests that support them if in the end, all that’s going to happen is a board of managers is going to take over?” Jones said.last_img read more

Weaving a continuity of expressions

Weaving a continuity of expressions

first_imgPratha Parv – a festival of folk, tribal and traditional cultural expressions of India is being presented by Sangeet Natak Akademi, a national academy of music, dance and drama and an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.In a country as vast and layered with history, antiquity and diversity, it is the realm of performing arts in which a deep connection of various genres of art or skill can be seen weaving a continuity of expressions.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTraditional cultural expressions also called ‘expressions of folklore’ may include music, dance, art, designs, names, signs and symbols, performances, ceremonies, architectural forms, handicrafts and narratives, or many other artistic or cultural expressions including the folk and tribal art. These, which essentially form parts of the identity and heritage of a traditional or indigenous community, are passed down from generation to generation, and are integral to the cultural and social identities of indigenous and local communities. They transmit core values and beliefs. And primarily, these notions are constantly developing and being recreated within the community ie the practitioners and connoisseurs and passed on to new generations as future protectors of the shared legacy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe festival comprises presentations of diverse forms of performing arts, film screenings sourced from the meticulously cultivated archives of the Akademi exhibition and dissemination of various musical instruments, folk and traditional, from different states of the country (primarily North-East, Odisha, Kerala and Uttarakhand). The programme also includes interactive session with artists who will share their traditional methodologies and other related aspects that may bring forth the tangible and intangible aspects to incorporate verbal expressions or symbols (stories, epics, legends, tales, riddles), musical expressions (songs, instrumental music), expressions by action (dance form, play, ritual), tangible expressions (drawings, designs, paintings, body art, carvings, woodwork, metal work, jewellery, glassware, textiles, costumes) and  intangible expressions reflecting traditional forms of thought and architectural forms. The festival is an opportunity to bringing into limelight and assimilating a variety of cultural aspects of the country, as defined as North, South, East, and West and the resplendent North-East. Each day of the festival is based on this cultural classification, which aims to enhance and safeguard the inherent plurality of the cultural identity that this country so strongly identifies with.last_img read more

KVIC stalls rock IITF despite space crunch

first_imgKhadi has once again proved that despite all odds, its growth would not decelerate in any case.In the recently concluded 37th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan, the Khadi and village industries recorded a growth of 19.38 percent in its average sale with respect to its sale in the 36th edition of IITF last year. And, this despite the fact that total space allotted to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) this year was only 1400 sq meters, which was less than half of the 3000 sq meters space allotted last year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe average sale in each stall of Khadi unit was recorded nearly Rs 5.53 lakh this year, which is higher than last year’s figure of around Rs 5 lakh. Similarly, in Village Industries unit, the average sale in each stall this year was nearly Rs 3.27 lakh, which is Rs 86,000 higher than last year’s figure of Rs 2.4 lakh.Due to crunch of adequate space, the KVIC could incorporate only 90 institutions on stalls in the 37th of IITF. Last year, the KVIC had allotted as many as 195 stalls of Khadi and Village Industries units. While the sales percentage in 2016 was 50.95 and 49.05 for Khadi and Village industries products respectively, it was 74.9 and 25.1 percent respectively for Khadi and Village industries products this year. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena said that the growth in average sale indicates that Khadi and village industries products were hit among the buyers. “The KVIC stalls caught the attention of several representatives of embassies and High Commissions in India. Students of several fashion designing institutes and esteemed universities also visited our stall, to learn how the instrument of self-reliance has become a tool of economic transformation in modern India,” he said.last_img read more

Capital remembers Gandhi on his 71 st death anniversary

Capital remembers Gandhi on his 71 st death anniversary

first_imgTo mark the martyrdom day of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, an All-Faith Prayer Meeting was organised by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, at the West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre in the Capital.Participants from Guru Harkrishan Public School India Gate, Union Academy Senior Secondary School, Shafiq Memorial Senior Secondary School, Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi, Ahlcon International School, ASN Senior Secondary School and St Columba’s School took part in the solemn ceremony, reciting shlokas, religious texts, and devotional songs. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Concert for Harmony’ – a musical ensemble – was presented on the occasion by eminent musicians from Nadd Foundation, with Durjay Bhaumik on Tabla, Monohar Balatchandirane on Mridangam, Tuhin Chakraborty on Tabla, Shounak Banerjee on Ghatam, Ravinder Rajput on Flute and Lavinya Ambade on Sitar. The event concluded with the rendering of ‘Vaishnava Jana To’. A photo-exhibition on ‘150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’ was also organised at the Muktadhara Art Gallery.last_img read more

Carson Palmer speaks on upcoming Cardinals Ring of Honor induction

Carson Palmer speaks on upcoming Cardinals Ring of Honor induction

first_imgIt started with a FaceTime call.This was atypical for Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, who regularly called former Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer through the phone to catch up and ask how he was doing.But the two never FaceTimed. Palmer thought it was a pocket-dial.When he answered the phone, Michael Bidwill’s face appeared, with his classic red tie and all.“I was blown away that that’s what the conversation ended up being,” Palmer said Wednesday. Palmer mentioned his unfamiliarity with players on the Cardinals roster, as well as being the older guy in the room.“[I] was just was so pleasantly surprised to be a little bit older than most of the guys on the team and kinda be the elder statesmen,” he said. “To come in and just be accepted and welcomed with open arms by everybody was just, it was amazing.”The Ring of Honor ceremony will take place on Sept. 29 when the Seahawks play the Cardinals. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 5 Comments   Share   The FaceTime wasn’t a mistake or a pocket-dial. It was intentional on Bidwill’s part and for good reason.Palmer was being inducted into the Cardinals Ring of Honor.“[It was an] absolute honor,” Palmer said. “I’ve been humbled. I’m excited to share it with my family.”Palmer’s five years with the Cardinals featured two playoff appearances and three 10-plus win seasons. The quarterback threw for 16,782 yards and 105 touchdowns with the team. Injuries plagued two of his seasons, which eventually led to his retirement after the 2017-18 season.Palmer touched on how being traded, something he experienced when leaving Cincinnati for Oakland, is a wild ride.“When you get traded, you don’t know where exactly the facility is in the city, the stadium…” he said. “All those questions and concerns you have when you’re moving your family to a new city, trying to get kids into school. It was such a seamless transition and such a great transition and I’m just so appreciative that I got to experience being a Cardinal.”Related LinksCardinals’ David Johnson ‘honors’ Carson Palmer with self-made hatNew Cardinals defense to allow Baker, others to make playsOrlovsky: Murray ‘one of the great all-time QB prospects’ if not for heightThe transition was also a football one.“It was such a pleasant surprise because I really didn’t know much about the NFC; I’ve been in the AFC my whole career,” he said. “[I] didn’t know a ton about the NFC West.” Top Stories center_img Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer speaks to the media during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Buccaneers 38-33. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more