Bijnor: A BSP leader and his nephew were shot dead by three assailants here on Tuesday, police said. The incident took place at around 2.30 pm when BSP leader Haji Ahsan (55) and his nephew Shadab (28) were sitting in their office, Circle Officer Najibabad Mahesh Kumar said. “One of the three assailants waited outside the office, while two moved in with a pistol hidden in a sweet box. They opened fire at Haji Ahsan and when his nephew tried to stop them, they was also shot at him. Both of them died,” he said. “No personal enmity angle has emerged in the case so far. Teams have been formed to nab the killers and investigation is going on,” he added. This is the third such attack against the workers of political parties after the announcement of LSpoll results.
Kolkata: In a unique session, the senior citizens of Snehodiya interacted with the students of a well-known school as a part of the Grandparents’ Day programme.Snehodiya is a new age co-living space for the senior citizens. It is the only of its kind in the state managed by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( Hidco). Debashis Sen, chairman of Hidco was present at the function. The freewheeling session had the students and the elderly people participating in an adda session. The senior citizens shared their childhood stories. They sang songs and recited from poems. The students also interacted with their newly found grandparents with enthusiasm. The schoolchildren gave present to the elders who in return gave story books to them. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany school throughout the country have introduced grandparents’ day when the students are asked to bring their grandparents to school. The students take part in functions to celebrate the occasion. Hidco is carrying out several activities at Swapno Bhor, the only state run senior citizen’s institution. Swapno Bhor has its own auditorium where the senior citizens often take part in cultural activities. Recently a chorus group comprising members of Swapno Bhor has been set up. There is a library at Swapno Bhor. Recently, the members took part in indoor games competition. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed all the police stations to bring more people under Pranam, a scheme meant for the senior citizens who are infirm or stay alone. She visits Nabaneer, an old age home in South Kolkata, every year and the residents are invited to attend the Kali Puja at her residence. It is for the first time the residents of Snehodiya will organise Durga Puja. The members will take part in functions that will be held in the evening. Swami Suviranandaji, general secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Mission will inaugurate the puja.
WHITEHORSE – The legal age for the consumption of recreational marijuana would be set at 19 in Yukon under proposals released Monday by the territory’s government.The policy also includes limiting possession to 30 grams and allowing four plants to be grown per household.The public has until Dec. 20 to comment on the proposed framework for regulating recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next year.The proposed rules would limit distribution and sales to government outlets, but would allow for the later development of private retail operations.The framework separates the sale of alcohol and marijuana, and also provides for government-run pot sales online.Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario have released plans for how they intend to regulate marijuana.Yukon Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee describes the policy as a starting point and says the first government-run outlet will open in July.“It will provided for legal, controlled access to cannabis that displaces illegal or criminal activity,” McPhee says.“It will prioritize public health, safety and harm reduction, with a focus on protecting youth from the negative health effects.”The federal government will legalize recreational marijuana by July 1.
That unmistakable ginger orphan who stumbles upon teenage life in Prince Edward Island in the 1890s is set to ruffle a few more feathers as she makes her presence known worldwide in 2017.Anne with an ‘e’ will make her Netflix debut in a joint production with the CBC on Anne, a TV series based on the Anne of Green Gables novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
APTN National NewsInvestigative reporter Todd Lamirande continues his series on the top 10 ridings to watch this election.The ridings were chosen because they hold a particular interest for Aboriginal people.Under the spotlight is the northern British Columbia riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley.
The United Nations Security Council today called for enhanced monitoring of the arms embargo in Somalia, declaring that strict enforcement would improve security in a country that has been torn by factional fighting and has had no functioning central government since 1991.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body extended for another year the Monitoring Group overseeing the embargo that was first put in place 16 years ago, declared that the situation constituted a threat to international peace and security in the region, and demanded that all States, particularly in the region, refrain from any violation and take all steps to hold violators accountable. It called on the Group “to continue to investigate, in coordination with relevant international agencies, all activities, including in the financial, maritime and other sectors, which generate revenues used to commit arms embargo violations,” as well as “any means of transport, routes, seaports, airports and other facilities” used in connection with such violations.The Group should also identify areas where the capacities of States in the region can be strengthened to facilitate implementation of the embargo.The resolution, adopted as in the past under Chapter VII of the UN Charter that allows for the use of force, stressed “the importance of enhancing the monitoring of the arms embargo in Somalia through persistent and vigilant investigation into the violations, bearing in mind that strict enforcement of the arms embargo will improve the overall security situation in Somalia.” Earlier this week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council that strengthening the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) through financing, logistical support, necessary training, equipment and other reinforcements facilitated by the UN and Member States was currently “the realistic option” for trying to bring a measure of stability to the war-torn country.While the most appropriate response was a Multinational Force (MNF), rather than a typical peacekeeping operation, with full military capabilities to support the cessation of armed confrontation, he said no Member State had offered to play the lead nation role and the response had not been encouraging from the 50 countries and three international organizations he had approached for contributions. If the enhanced AMISOM arrangement proved successful, it would pave the way for deploying UN peacekeepers, he added, pointing out that the Council could consider setting up a Maritime Task Force or adding a quick reaction component to the current anti-piracy efforts to launch operations into Somalia in support of UN humanitarian activities and AMISOM.In a resolution adopted after Mr. Ban’s presentation, the Council strengthened efforts to fight piracy off the Somali coast, which has seen the hijacking for ransom of UN food ships and dozens of other vessels, including possible action against pirate bases on land. 19 December 2008The United Nations Security Council today called for enhanced monitoring of the arms embargo in Somalia, declaring that strict enforcement would improve security in a country that has been torn by factional fighting and has had no functioning central government since 1991.
29 April 2009The estimated 50,000 people still trapped in the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka are at great risk and the top priority must be to get them out as quickly as possible, the top United Nations relief official stressed today, again appealing for a further humanitarian pause in the fighting. “These people are in great danger from the continuing fighting,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters in New York, noting that the previously so-called ‘no-fire zone’ can now be more accurately described as a combat zone, given the ongoing clashes between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “They’re not only in danger from the shelling and the shooting but also because their position in terms of food and other basic supplies is also very poor,” said Mr. Holmes, who just returned from a two-day mission to Sri Lanka that included a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse, as well as a visit to a site for internally displaced persons (IDPs).The UN has been urging the Government for a further humanitarian pause for the sake of the people trapped in the conflict zone. “So far the Government has not been willing to contemplate that on the grounds that the LTTE simply exploits any pause to regroup militarily and continue their resistance,” Mr. Holmes said. “But we continue to ask for that, not least to get in more humanitarian aid, to get in more food.”During his meeting with the President, Mr. Holmes also stressed the need for access for UN humanitarian staff to the combat zone to assess what the conditions and the needs of the civilians. However, he was told that such a mission at this time would not be safe or appropriate.“It’s disappointing that we’ve not been able to achieve the kind of further humanitarian pause that we’re looking for or the kind of humanitarian mission into the combat zone that we’re looking for but we will continue to pursue those issues. “Meanwhile, it’s very important that the Government exercises restraint, particularly the use of heavy weapons, which they’ve said again earlier in the week they will not use in that zone,” he stressed. “I hope very much that that promise will be respected.”He added that it is vital that the LTTE let the civilians who they are holding against their will go, let them out to safety and preferably lay down their arms and surrender to prevent further fighting and further loss of life. “Unfortunately at the moment, both sides are pursuing their military logics, if I can put it that way, and therefore that’s the reason why we’re in such a difficult position,” stated Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.The UN estimates that the number of people who have crossed out of the conflict zone is now some 175,000, the vast majority of whom are in and around Vavuniya. The exodus of about 110,000 people just in the course of last week, noted Mr. Holmes, has posed, despite advance planning, very considerable logistical challenges in terms of shelter, food and other basic services.According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), one of the most serious concerns is congestion in the camps. Shelter in the camps remains inadequate, and there is an urgent need for the allocation of more land by the Government in which to house the displaced. Health facilities continue to be overwhelmed and more capacity is needed. Water and sanitation remain key concerns, with some areas having only one toilet for 140 people. Although all IDPs have drinking water, there is inadequate water for other purposes. Psychological trauma is also a serious issue.In addition to the immediate concerns, Mr. Holmes also cited the need to address issues such as the long-term future of the people in the camps, how much freedom of movement they will be allowed, and how quickly they will be able to return to their homes, as well as questions about family reunification and the military presence in the camps.
Via a combination of in-stadium visibility with advertising boards, programme advertisements and public service videos shown in stadia, at Cup “fanzones,” online and via tournament broadcasters, the Tackle Hunger campaign, first launched by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Rugby Board (IRB) in 2003, for the first time directs viewers to a secure donations page on WFP’s website.“People think that solving hunger is an insurmountable task, but every time someone learns about WFP, visits the IRB or WFP sites, donates to help feed a hungry school child, we are building a momentum to defeat hunger, end malnutrition and help save a generation of young people that otherwise might be doomed to a diminished tomorrow,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.Defeating hunger, estimated to afflict more than 1 billion people, is the first of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality, a host of diseases and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015, and IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset voiced his organization’s pride in the partnership with WFP, the world’s largest humanitarian agency.“The Tackle Hunger campaign, with the support of rugby fans around the world, can contribute in some way to alleviating the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves and have a real and positive impact on the lives of so many where hunger is present,” he said.The campaign is also using a variety of social media platforms to connect directly with rugby fans across the world, and a recent news release on WFP’s response to the devastating famine in Somalia and the rest of the Horn of Africa was sent to more than 1.2 million Rugby World Cup Facebook followers and 46,000 followers on Twitter.The Rugby World Cup – which concludes on 23 October – is the third biggest global sporting event after the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup, and a television audience estimated at 4 billion people is expected to tune in during the course of the tournament.In May, the tournament’s Webb-Ellis Cup trophy was displayed at UN Headquarters in New York at a ceremony attended by diplomatic representatives of the 20 participating teams. “For seven years, through the Tackle Hunger programme, you have raised awareness and funds that make a meaningful difference in people’s lives,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said then.Launched at the 2003 event in Australia and continued at the next tournament in 2007 in France, Tackle Hunger sprang from IRB’s desire to meet its social responsibilities and help the UN achieve the MDGs.The campaign is but one in a whole series of collaborations between UN agencies and world sport, which has seen the likes of football legends Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane scoring goals against poverty, the European Swimming League in “a race against time” to prevent deaths from unclean water and the Cricket World Cup batting for the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the battle against HIV/AIDS.Similar initiatives have involved United States football stars, marathon runners and drivers from Formula One car racing. 7 October 2011From the scrums on the fields of New Zealand, the current Rugby World Cup is taking the United Nations fight against global hunger, and its fundraising appeal, to a potential audience of 4 billion people in the latest partnership between the world of sport and UN agencies.
OTTAWA — Being able to pay for goods and services electronically with credit and debit cards has helped boost the economy by making it easier to spend money, a new report by Visa Canada suggests.Electronic payment technology has helped make international tourism easier, as well as fuelled online shopping, which would be far more difficult without easy ways to pay, the report found.Tom Hester, senior economist at Visa, said as we move to more efficient payment mechanisms it allows consumers to walk around with much more powerful wallets.[np-related]“If you add up the buying power in your wallet with your credit and debit cards, it can be tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of purchasing power that you would never carry if you had to just carry cash,” Hester said. “That facilitates commerce.”The Visa report said that from 2006 to 2010, the number of credit and debit transactions in the country grew 25%, from $363.4-billion to $455.4-billion. The report went on to suggest that nearly one quarter of Canadian economic growth over the past 25 years was driven by electronic payments.A recent report by the Bank of Canada suggests the majority of transactions by Canadians are still by cash. The bank found that cash accounted for 54% of all transactions, followed by debit cards with 25% and credit cards with 19%. However, credit cards led in terms of payment values, accounting for 41% of expenses.
Apple Inc.’s Chinese smartphone shipments plummeted an estimated 20 per cent in 2018’s final quarter, underscoring the scale of the iPhone maker’s retreat in the world’s largest mobile device arena against local rivals like Huawei Technologies Co.The domestic market contracted 9.7 per cent in the quarter, but Apple declined at about twice that pace, research firm IDC said in a report on Monday. A slowing economy, lengthening replacement times and the iPhone’s hefty price tag contributed to the U.S. giant’s decline, it said. Xiaomi Corp. fared even worse in the final months of last year, when shipments plunged almost 35 per cent, the consultancy estimates.Smartphone labels from Apple to Samsung Electronics Co. are contending with a plateauing global market after years of breakneck growth, as a lack of innovation discourages consumers from replacing devices as often as they used to. Apple also has to cope with the rise of Huawei, which is eroding its share of a market once pivotal to driving its growth. The country’s top electronics retailers slashed prices on the latest iPhones by as much as 20 per cent in past months — an unusual move that illustrated waning enthusiasm for Apple’s gadgets. Apple fixes FaceTime privacy bug, will issue update next week Apple revokes Facebook’s app development credentials after latest data tracking revelations Apple mulls change from failed U.S. pricing on international iPhones to boost sales “Apple doesn’t have a good go-to market strategy that fits the rapidly changing Chinese market,” said Nicole Peng, a senior director at Canalys. “It also seemed to be slow in reacting to China’s economic slowdown and changes in consumption structure.”Dissipating Chinese demand compounds the problems at Apple, which is struggling to deliver on another hit device as its marquee gadget loses some of its cachet. Revenue from the iPhone slid 15 per cent in the October to December period. To compensate for the loss, Apple is trying to replace phone sales with revenue from services.Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has seen China as a key part of Apple’s strategy: last fiscal year the company generated almost US$52 billion in revenue from Greater China, a region that includes Hong Kong. But with the country announcing its slowest economic growth since 2009, Apple said its sales fell 27 per cent in the holiday quarter. The Chinese slowdown was the driving factor behind Apple’s first revenue outlook cut in almost two decades. Cook however emphasized the long haul, highlighting 19 per cent growth in services revenue.“When smartphones became a commodity for Chinese customers, multinationals need to adjust their overall sales and marketing strategies,” Peng said. “Apple didn’t seem to change its Chinese marketing plans.”Huawei, which briefly surpassed Apple to become the world’s No. 2 smartphone brand in 2018, remains the runaway leader at home. It shored up its lead after unit shipments soared 23.3 per cent in the December quarter, leading all major brands, according to IDC. That’s despite grappling with an unusually turbulent few months during which its finance chief was arrested on allegations of bank fraud, and the U.S. marshalled its allies to try and block the company from selling next-generation networking gear.Apple was ranked fourth by shipments in the country during the period, trailing China’s Oppo and Vivo, IDC said. Fifth-ranked Xiaomi, a Chinese name that experienced rapid growth just before its 2018 initial public offering, ran afoul of inventory corrections and an internal restructuring, IDC said.The industry is now counting on innovations such as foldable screens, 3D cameras and 5G-ready phones to revitalize the market. The argument is that consumers will get hooked once they experience first-hand phones with data speeds more than 10 times faster than today’s devices.Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s billionaire co-founder, is among those who expect the advent of 5G to energize demand. But IDC argues blazing-fast phones won’t become the standard until 2020, because the rollout of 5G networks is just getting underway.“The domestic smartphone market environment in 2019 doesn’t look very optimistic,” IDC senior analyst Wang Xi said in the report. And “5G phones will still only comprise a very small portion of the overall market. We’ve a long way to go before they become mainstream,” IDC said.Bloomberg.com
Funding for the project, run by the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), was contingent on the Palestinian Authority donating the land.UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen said the agreement, signed yesterday, now allows agencies to move on quickly to the most important task in hand – that of translating the concern of the international community for the people of Rafah into bricks and mortar.”We can now tap into the generosity of all those individuals who have made donations for the people of Rafah while also approaching the major international donors who wish to help,” he said.According to UNRWA, more than 22,000 people have lost their homes to Israeli demolitions in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the current strife in September 2000. Almost three-quarters – over 15,000 people – were affected in Rafah.
The diamond industry, long associated with conflict in Africa, can be a force for positive change through international cooperation, the Foreign Minister of Botswana told the United Nations General Assembly today.“We continue to prudently manage the revenue from the sale of diamonds and to effectively use such revenue to educate our people, provide potable water, health care and build a network of infrastructure such as roads, telephones and rural electricity,” Lieutenant General Mompati S. Merafhe told the Assembly’s annual debate today. “This is the good that diamonds have and continue to do.”Botswana participates in the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, which aims to ensure the integrity of the legitimate diamond trade, he said, calling the mechanism “one of the best examples of global cooperation.”The Scheme is “the embodiment of global consensus, unrelenting political will and determination of members to do the right thing underpinned by strong support and resolutions of the Security Council,” he continued. “This is important because about 10 million people globally are either directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry.” He said 65 per cent of the world’s diamonds are sourced from African countries. “Diamonds have and continue to do good in Botswana. The diamond industry in Botswana has been at the cutting edge of human development and transforming lives for the better, in all fields of human endeavour.”Also addressing the Assembly this afternoon, Kalombo Mwansa, the Special Envoy of Zambia, spoke about the need for action on trade and debt relief in order to help poor countries achieve development.“We call for the removal of the unjust multilateral trading system, which continues to hamper the fair participation of the developing and least developed countries in the global market,” he said, pointing out that with fair trading practices, those States “would take a significant step towards self-sustenance and reduce dependence on aid.”
29.04, 19:30ReykjavikEuropean Championship MIceland:Serbia DATE, TIMEPLACECOMPETITIONOPPONENTS 29.04, 19:30NicosiaEuropean Championship MCyprus:Belgium 29.04, 19:10StavangerEuropean Championship MNorway:Croatia ← Previous Story PPD Zagreb and Vujovic – new contract! Next Story → German ex-wunderkind on Baltic coast: Christian Dissinger to THW Kiel 29.04, 19:15VäxjöEuropean Championship MSweden:Slovenia 29.04, 20:00SchaffhausenEuropean Championship MSwitzerland:Czech Republic 29.04, 20:15SkopjeEuropean Championship MFyr Macedonia:France Men’s EHF EURO 2016 29.04, 19:00Cankaya/AnkaraEuropean Championship MTurkey:Netherlands 29.04, 18:10MannheimEuropean Championship MGermany:Spain Nine matches of the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 qualification process will be played on Wednesday. The most interesting matches will be played in Germany, but also Iceland and Sweden, where fans waiting a real derby clashes.
Fans of Google Earth have surely wished for a view of our planet from an astronaut’s perspective, and it seems that wish will be coming true thanks to an initiative announced Monday at the UK Space Conference in Warwick. The project will bring the first HD streaming video camera to the International Space Station where it will be installed and provide video of the Earth’s surface.The camera will be built in the UK, and science minister David Willetts said the pictures will actually be better than in Google Earth. The project will involve Russia and Canada as well. The HD camera and a medium-resolution camera will be built and tested by the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s RAL Space department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.AdChoices广告The cameras will be installed within a year on the Russian module of the ISS. The footage will be shown in almost real-time on the web. Canadian company UrtheCast, pronounced “Earthcast,” will be in charge of the web platform.The HD streaming video cam will let you ogle over the Blue Planet as well allowing searches for videos of particular locations. You’ll be able to zoom in and out, and basically steer the camera from side to side. You can also rewind and fast forward as you investigate further into specific areas of the Earth. You’ll also be able to constantly track the location of the ISS to anticipate when it will pass over a particular location.Willetts also said that the content will be viewable via smartphone, so we may be seeing a dedicated smartphone app in the near future.It’s a pretty cool concept. We’ll be able to zoom into the Earth from space and check out what’s going on in real-time. Storms, rallies, outdoor concerts? The possibilities are really exciting.via ZDNet
If you’re an avid mobile social networker, you are already broadcasting information about your whereabouts throughout the day. It’s common knowledge that the mobile Facebook app has access to your GPS and mobile network location data while you have the app open. But what if it started collecting that data even when the app is closed?According to a report from Bloomberg, which cited unnamed sources, Facebook is developing a new app set for release in March that would never stop collecting user location data. If the app is installed on your phone, Facebook will know where you are, 24/7.Of course, the main reason behind this is presumably for advertising. Imagine a company that already knows everything about you from your Facebook profile, but now also knows where you live, where you work, whether or not you tend to head out for Happy Hour, or how often you go to the grocery store. That’s marketing gold, and Facebook could make a killing by offering that kind of ad experience.Facebook is still trying to figure out exactly how to best monetize its mobile platform. It is the company’s biggest focus right now, having acquired multiple mobile-centric startups in the last couple of years. Two of those startups, Glancee and Gowalla, are directly involved in the new location-sharing app.The societal norm among smartphone users has reached the point where having a mobile app that tracks and broadcasts your current location is no longer alarming; in fact, it’s expected. An app that keeps tabs on you even when you don’t have the app open, however, is not nearly as common. Even for apps that do monitor your location constantly, users are almost always perfectly aware of what they’re getting themselves into. Software like Find My Friends and Girls Around Me make it glaringly obvious that you are broadcasting location data through mobile servers for other people to see.Facebook is a very different animal. The social networking platform has grown so much and expanded its vision so far that nobody even knows exactly how much data they’re collecting, what the data is used for, and who has access to it. This new app would significantly raise the already heated Facebook privacy debate.
A man charged in the death of his dog, after the animal fell out of the bed of his truck and was dragged down the road, was sentenced to 90 days in jail following a two-day jury trial in Clark County District Court.Jurors found David Kadow guilty Friday afternoon of second-degree animal cruelty, a gross misdemeanor. They deliberated for 40 minutes before reaching their decision that Kadow either knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence inflicted unnecessary suffering or pain upon Hailey, his 10-year-old pit bull.The dog died May 22 after being swept under the truck’s rear passenger tire as the truck turned from East 28th Street onto Norris Road, court records show.Kadow, 52, had initially appeared in Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree animal cruelty, a felony. However, the case was exonerated a short time later after the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office determined there wasn’t enough evidence to prove there was intentional animal cruelty.During closing arguments Friday afternoon, Assistant Attorney Abby Powell, with the Vancouver City Attorney’s Office, reiterated that this wasn’t a case where Kadow intentionally abused his dog. But she said his actions were still reckless and negligent at the very least.
Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Feb 2016 – The 51 year old man who was caught stealing, among other things, laundry detergent from a house in Turtle Cove will go to court at some point this week to face charges after being caught red handed. The home owner caught the man on February 8 with the detergent and some beach items in his hand; it took Police over two weeks to charge the suspect. There was faster Police work though in a case of several counts of drug possession against a Kew Town man. A 25 year old was arrested and charged by Police for possession and possession with intent to supply when he was allegedly found with marijuana. A search of the man’s home allegedly turned up the marijuana and cash; all were seized on Tuesday. The Kew Town man is due to appear in court for formal arraignment on March 1st. Related Items:court, ganja dealer, thief Special Investigation trial resumes today
Southampton manager Mark Hughes believes his side should have defeated Watford and now they can’t wait to face Fulham after the international break.Southampton were one goal ahead against Watford on Saturday when Charlie Austin’s goal was wrongly ruled out for offside and the visitors equalized late on in the 82nd minute.Hughes feels his side were denied three points, and that feeling will only serve to motivate them after the international break.“We’ll have about ten guys left behind and it’s a good opportunity to get some good work into them,” Hughes told Southampton website.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“Hopefully, everybody who is away will come back fit and well.“I sense that we can’t wait for the Fulham game because it’s a game that we’ve always targeted because it’s a good opportunity for us to get maximum points and that doesn’t change.“Given the events of Saturday, I think we’ll be even more determined.”
More English youngsters should emulate Jadon Sancho’s example and move to a foreign football club, says Eric DierAt just 18 years old, Sancho has already become an integral member of Borussia Dortmund and won his first three England caps recently.This comes after Sancho made the bold move in 2017 to leave Manchester City for Dortmund in Germany – a decision which is paying dividends for him now.Dier, who himself rose through the youth ranks at Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, now hopes to see more young English talent go abroad.The Tottenham midfielder will return “home” to Portugal for the Nations League semi-finals in June.Merson 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.“It will be the first time I go back and play there since I left – it will be very special,” said Dier, according to the Telegraph.“It’s my home so I am very happy to go back. I hope players continue to do what Jadon is doing.“That’s so important for their development. Not just as a footballer but as a man.“He’s out of his comfort zone and he’s living by himself in a foreign country. Those experiences are important for you to grow as a person.”Sancho has managed 5 goals and eight assists in 17 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions this season.
The Oosterdam cruise ship docked in Haines. (Emily Files)Haines has some of the lowest cruise ship moorage fees in Southeast Alaska. And last week, the borough assembly approved further lowering those fees for three summers. The assembly accepted a resolution that would give 50 percent off waivers to all cruise ships for a three-year time period. It’s part of a marketing plan to draw more ships to Haines.This summer, Haines sees about one or two cruise ships each week. Depending on their size, the vessels pay around $3,000 to pull into port. The resolution the borough assembly passed would give a 50 percent discount on that fee in the summers of 2017 to 2019.“We need a stronger incentive package to attract ships,” said Haines Tourism Director Leslie Ross. “Why a waiver? We have an empty dock. We have one ship per week, we have this gorgeous dock that we sunk $6 million dollars into. It’s not just going to affect tour operators, it affects our businesses, our restaurants. It’s a business expansion that goes across the entire town.”Ross said Haines has tough competition for cruise ship traffic, with Skagway and Juneau nearby. Both of those towns are ‘tier one’ ports. They have destinations like Skagway’s White Pass and Yukon Railroad that financially benefit cruise lines. Ross says going to cruise lines with a moorage discount will strengthen her pitch for Haines and hopefully boost cruise ship traffic long-term.In 2012, the borough assembly approved waiving docking fees for two new ships for the 2015 season – the Golden Princess and the Celebrity Infinity. Ross says those ships gave evidence the cruise ship waivers pay for themselves in sales tax.“When the Golden Princess came in this year, they sold 1,200 tours,” Ross said. “And I know that for a fact. We can estimate an average of $75 per tour. So that’s what we get sales tax off of. So that estimates $4,950 in sales tax just from the tours sold.”Assemblyman Dave Berry pointed out that the Princess and Infinity only scheduled one or two dockings in Haines this summer. He said in order to make the economy strong enough to support new businesses here, he would want to see the ships come in on a regular basis – more like once a week, not once a summer.“I need to see where ship number one is not going to come in once, but it’s gonna come in 15 times, ship number two is not going to come in once, it’s gonna come in 12 times,” Berry said.He suggested a tiered incentive that would motivate cruise ships to schedule multiple dockings. Tour company owner Sean Gaffney responded. He said cruise lines have been reluctant to come to Haines in the past 15 years.“We’re moving to a place that they’re willing to try, but to give them room to do it, without trying to bind or commit them.” Gaffney said. “And the onus is still on us entirely to show them. I think we’re doing it, but I don’t think we’re a place to demand it.Gaffney is on the tourism advisory board, which recommended the 50 percent, three-year incentive over two other options because they thought it was the simplest one.Another question that came up was whether ships that already come to Haines will get fee waivers as well. Assemblyman Ron Jackson said waiving fees for the current ships would mean an estimated $40,000 loss in revenue for the borough.“I think we need to word this so that it’s about the new ships coming in, not about giving a gift to the ones that are already coming in,” Jackson said.Assembly member George Campbell disagreed. He said offering the waiver to new ships only could aggravate the current ships and encourage them to dock somewhere else.Campbell recognized that if the incentive doesn’t draw any new ships to Haines, the borough would suffer a financial loss.“It has potential to fall on its face and it has great potential to help our economies,” Campbell said.The majority of the assembly seemed to think the positive potential outweighed the negative. No one moved to change the waiver proposal. The assembly approved the resolution in a 5-1 vote, with Jackson opposed.That question of whether the 50 percent off deal will actually work won’t be answered for some time. The incentive starts in 2017, because cruise lines have already set their schedules for next summer.