Josh Cullen penalty earns Charlton draw to frustrate 10-man West Brom

first_img (s 74′) 5 Bartley Read more Possession Share on WhatsApp 44 Davison CHA WBA Fouls 15 Austin 11 Gallagher (s 88′) Substitutes West Brom 4 Oshilaja Lewandowski sets Bundesliga scoring record while Juventus draw with Lecce Lineups 21 Edwards 26 Hegazi Reuse this content 30 Maynard-Brewer 11 Brunt West Bromwich Albion 33 Dempsey Share on Facebook 20 Solly Share on Messenger 15 Pratley 23 Bond 45 Doughty 4 Robson-Kanu 21 Kayal 8 West Brom Off target 8 Charlton 5 West Brom On target 4 Charlton A frustrated Slaven Bilic likened the controversial finale of West Brom’s match against Charlton to “a horror movie” but refused to completely condemn the referee, Matt Donohue.Josh Cullen’s penalty deep into stoppage time earned the visitors a 2-2 draw and denied Albion the chance to move four points clear at the top of the Championship. Semi Ajayi collided with Naby Sarr in the penalty area to force the Baggies to settle for a point after Hal Robson-Kanu looked to have given them victory.Donohue had already courted controversy in the second half when he sent off Grady Diangana in a case of mistaken identity before changing his decision to dismiss Nathan Ferguson – correctly – for a poor challenge on Chris Solly. 10 Phillips match reports Share on Twitter 53 47 5 Lockyer 7 Krovinoviccenter_img Macauley Bonne cancelled out Matt Phillips’s early opener and, after the second-half drama, Bilic lamented the outcome. He said: “The whole story was there for us. It was a game which would have been more than three points, with 10 men and all that. Then someone says: ‘No, we’re going to make a horror movie, not a good one.’“It’s nothing personal, it’s hard for them [referees] and I went to speak to him after the game and I needed that. The problem is when they [say] you can’t talk about the referee but it’s a major part of our job. I can be permitted to say my opinion but, with the greatest respect to Charlton, it was the decision [the penalty] which took the win away from us.”Of Ferguson’s red card, Bilic said: “He [Donohue] is human, you don’t want to have ‘blah, blah’ from your wife when you get home, not to mention 30,000 people questioning you. But give credit to him – he didn’t go: ‘No, no, no.’ He listened.”Phillips scored after 10 minutes, capitalising on a low cross from Matheus Pereira, who had been put clear by Jake Livermore. Albion held that lead for 50 minutes as they looked to capitalise on Leeds’s 0-0 draw at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the afternoon but Charlton levelled on the hour through Bonne’s header after Cullen’s 25-yard drive looped high off Kyle Bartley.Ferguson was dismissed seven minutes later for his rash tackle on Solly – but only once Donohue was persuaded to change his mind during three minutes of confusion after incorrectly dismissing Diangana.Robson-Kanu came off the bench to restore Albion’s lead with nine minutes left, cutting in from the left and curling the ball into a bottom corner from 16 yards. Cullen netted from the spot in the fourth minute of injury time after Ajayi and Sarr collided.Lee Bowyer called for VAR to be introduced in the Championship, even if it may have denied his side their late leveller. “It should be, because the rewards to get out of this division are massive,” the Charlton manager said. “With West Brom’s second goal, it hits his [Robson-Kanu’s] arm and if that’s on VAR it’s no goal.“I thought the referee did OK, he got the sending-off right – which was the most important thing. It’s the worst and hardest job in the world.“The penalty looked soft. Both our goals had a bit of luck but maybe that’s what we needed.” CHA53WBA47% 29 Diangana Corners (s 71′) 14 Townsend 24 Cullen Substitutes (s 88′) 3 Purrington Share on Pinterest 17 Bonne Charlton Topics 10 Aneke Share on LinkedIn 8 Livermore (s 87′) 6 Pearce Goal attempts Charlton Athletic 23 Sarr (s 71′) 12 Matheus Pereira Championship 6 Ajayi 29 Oztumer 12 9 Match stats 1 Phillips 36 Ferguson 4 4 The Observer Share via Email 2 Furlong 19 Sawyers 1 Johnstonelast_img read more

MLS record-holder Rimando re-signs with RSL

first_imgTransfers MLS all-time wins leader Rimando re-signs with Real Salt Lake Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 01:22 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake Russell Isabella Transfers Real Salt Lake MLS The veteran United States international will return for a 12th season with the team Nick Rimando is staying put after all.The 38-year-old goalkeeper has inked a new contract with Real Salt Lake that will keep him with the team for a 12th MLS season, the team announced Tuesday.Goal previously had reported Rimando, who was a free agent, would re-sign with the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I couldn’t be happier continuing my career with Real. This is home and I couldn’t fathom leaving this club that means so much to me,” Rimando said in a media release. “I was here in the glory days and want to help bring this club back where it belongs. I’m excited to get the season started. We have the coaches, players and potential to do big things.”Rimando has been one of RSL’s icons for more than a decade, alongside Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales. While Morales departed the team prior to the 2017 season, Beckerman has remained and signed a new contract with Real Salt Lake last week.The veteran U.S. international also holds multiple MLS records, including the league’s all-time mark in wins, appearances, starts and shutouts.“He’s the best goalkeeper in the history of the league,” Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke said. “Playing with him in D.C. and winning a championship and seeing those special qualities – he has singlehandedly embraced and took that position and become the best goalkeeper in our league’s history. I am extremely ecstatic to have him back. When you take his veteran leadership and his experience, for me it’s vital.”Back where he belongs.: https://t.co/KaE1Er8L3D pic.twitter.com/HlatFNgM1y— Real Salt Lake (@RealSaltLake) January 23, 2018Rimando began his MLS career in 2000 with the Miami Fusion. After two years there, he went on to D.C. United where he would spend five seasons, winning a title in 2004. He landed in Real Salt Lake prior to the 2007 season, became the team’s No. 1 and has not relinquished the role in 11 seasons.During his team with Salt Lake, Rimando has won a MLS Cup in 2009, made a MLS Cup final in 2013, a U.S. Open Cup final that same year and a CONCACAF Champions League final in 2011.Rimando will try to help Salt Lake back to the postseason in 2018 after a rebuilt squad narrowly missed the playoffs on the last day of the 2017 regular season.last_img read more

Former India hockey captain PR Sreejesh recommended for Khel Ratna Award

first_imgFormer India hockey captain PR Sreejesh recommended for Khel Ratna AwardPR Sreejesh from Kerala is considered as one of the best goalkeepers in world hockey. He has been an integral part of the Indian team since making his debut for the national team in 2006.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 13:14 IST PR Sreejesh has made over 200 appearances for India since making his international debut in 2006 (PR Sreejesh Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSreejesh has represented India at 2014 and 2018 World Cups, 2012 and 2016 Olympic GamesSreejesh has previously been awarded with Arjuna Award in 2015 and Padma Shri Award in 2017Chinglensana Singh, Akashdeep Singh and women’s team player Deepika have been recommended for Arjuna AwardHockey India has recommended goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award while the experienced duo of Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and Akashdeep Singh and womens team player Deepika have been recommended for the Arjuna Award.Hockey India has also recommended R.P. Singh and Sandeep Kaur for the Major Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement while coaches Baljeet Singh, B.S. Chauhan and Romesh Pathania have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.Speaking on the recommendations, HI General Secretary Rajinder Singh said: “We are happy to endorse these current and former hockey players for the National Awards 2019.”Over the course of their careers, as players and coaches respectively, these athletes have contributed immensely to Indian hockey. They have always stood out while performing for the nation and have taken the Indian team to great heights.”It is with pride that they have donned the Indian colours, helping the team in achieving several successes across many years, and it is with pride and happiness that we, at Hockey India, recommend their names for the awards.”Sreejesh from Kerala is considered as one of the best goalkeepers in world hockey. He has been an integral part of the Indian team since making his debut for the national team in 2006 at the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka. Over the course of his career, the 30-year-old has made over 200 appearances for the country, and has won several individual and collective accolades with the Indian team. After being awarded as the “Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament” at the 2008 Junior Asia Cup, Sreejesh was later also crowned as the “Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament” at the 2013 Asia Cup where India won the silver medal.advertisementA stalwart in front of goal, he has represented the nation at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, but his best performances in the Indian colours came in 2014 when he was also nominated for the Best Male Goalkeeper of the Year award by FIH. He has won the Gold Medal at the 2014 Asian Games, Bronze Medal at the 2018 Asian Games, Silver Medals at the 2016 and 2018 editions of the FIH Champions Trophy. The ace goalkeeper has previously been awarded with the Arjuna Award in 2015 and the Padma Shri Award in 2017.Chinglensana Singh Kangujam has performed exceptionally for the country at the highest level. He has been a part of the Indian team set-up since making his debut in 2011, and has gone on to play over 200 matches, winning various medals for the country including the silver at the 2013 Asia Cup, gold at the 2014 Asian Games, silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, gold at the 2017 Asia Cup, bronze at the 2017 FIH World League Final, along with silver at the 2018 Champions Trophy, bronze at the 2018 Asian Games, and gold at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy.Akashdeep Singh’s ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates and himself makes him a danger man for the opponents, and the forward has been leading the Indian team in attack with his pace and vigour. The 24-year-old has played over 170 matches for the country since making his debut in 2012, and has won the gold Medal at the 2014 Asian Games. The forward has also been a part of the team which won the silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, bronze at the 2015 FIH World League Final, gold at the 2017 Asia Cup, bronze at the 2017 FIH World League Final, bronze at the 2018 Asian Games and the gold at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy.On the other hand, Indian women’s team defender Deepika has been in charge of the defensive duties for the past decade and a half. She hails from Yamunanagar, Haryana and has represented the Indian team at the FIH World Cup thrice, in 2006, 2010 and 2018 editions. The Defender has over 200 International caps to her name and has taken part in some important tournaments for the country including the gold medal win at the 2017 Asia Cup, which has seen her being awarded with the Dhruv Batra Player of the Year Award in 2016.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow PR SreejeshFollow Hockey IndiaFollow Khel Ratna Awardlast_img read more

Former South Africa footballer Marc Batchelor shot dead outside his house

first_img Next Former South Africa footballer Marc Batchelor shot dead outside his houseFormer South African soccer player Marc Batchelor was shot in his car outside his home in a suspected hit in Johannesburg.advertisement Reuters JohannesburgJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 17:28 IST Former South Africa footballer Marc Batchelor shot dead (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSNo arrests have yet been made, it has been reportedMarc was attacked by two men who were driving a motorbikeMarc Batchelor played for South African teams Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi SundownsFormer South African soccer player Marc Batchelor was shot dead outside his home in Johannesburg on Monday, local media reported on Tuesday.The 49-year-old, who played for South African teams Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, was shot in his car. Another person in the vehicle was unharmed in the incident.”He was attacked by two men who were driving a motorbike,” a police spokesman told the South African Broadcasting Corporation.”He was about to drive into his premises. The suspects shot several times at him… at this stage, we are still investigating what the motive for the attack was and these suspects have not yet been identified.”Read more | Deepa Malik opts out of 2020 ParalympicsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Marc BatchelorFollow South Africa footballerFollow Former Football Playerlast_img read more

U.S. Offshore Wind Developers Search for ‘Jones Act’ Solution

first_imgzoom As American offshore wind industry readies to start building large projects, developers are searching for a way around the so called “Jones Act” from 1920.According to the Jones Act, any ship that sails between two U.S. points must fly a U.S. flag and has to be registered in the country. Once an offshore wind turbine foundation is installed ‒ it counts as a point. This means that wind turbine installation vessels sailing from European countries would not be able to dock in the U.S., and the country doesn’t have any vessels built specially for the offshore wind industry.“Basically, anything attached to the seabed, either permanently or temporarily, is a point,” South Coast Today quotes Washington D.C. maritime and admiralty lawyer Charlie Papavizas as saying. “As soon as someone drives a pile into the seabed, it counts as a new one.”However, there are some ways to resolve this problem, and to construct wind turbines off the U.S. coast without violating the law.South Terminal, which will be built in New Bedford, is designed to bypass the requirement of specialized heavy-lift vessels with a crane that can pick a component off a boat at one end of the bulkhead, and move with it to the other end. This way, the turbines can be assembled on land and then placed on a barge, which will take them to their final destination.Another possible solution is for a specialized foreign vessel to work offshore, but without bringing any cargo whatsoever from the port to the point where the turbine is being built.Nevertheless, a long-term development of the American offshore wind industry will demand U.S.-built specialized offshore wind vessels, South Coast Today cites DeepWater Wind’s Jeffrey Grybowski.A U.S. company based in New Jersey is working on this. Namely, Weeks Marine has invested in the construction of a jack-up barge called R.D. MacDonald. When completed, this will be the first U.S. vessel specifically built for offshore wind construction. The company expects the barge to be used on the Cape Wind project.OW, December 30, 2013last_img read more

Port of Maputo Prepares to Host Larger Ships

first_imgzoom Mozambique Port of Maputo saw its total volumes surge by 22% in 2017 as the port moves toward welcoming even larger vessels.The port handled a total of 18.2 million tonnes of cargo during the year, against 14.9 million tonnes seen in 2016, while the number of vessel calls dropped from 955 to 896 in 2017. However, although the port received 59 less ships calls, it saw 3.3 million of cargo more than a year before.The rise was mainly attributed to the completion of an access channel dredging project in January 2017, allowing for larger vessels to sail to the port.Before the dredging project, with the channel at -11 meters chart datum, the maximum sailing draft of the vessels in Maputo and Matola was on average 12.20 meters and the maximum parcel size varied between 50,000 and 55,000 tonnes.“The dredging resulted in an increase of 40% to the average parcel size for Maputo Main Port and a 55% increase for Matola,” Osório Lucas, CEO, said.Maputo is now preparing to receive vessels of even greater drafts, with the upgrades to berths 6, 7, 8 and 9, scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2018.In July 2017, the Matola Coal Terminal (TCM) inaugurated the rehabilitation of its berth, which included deepening to -15.4 meters below chart datum along the quayside. TCM has thus become the port’s first terminal to take full advantage of the dredging initiative, allowing fully-ladden Panamax vessels of up to 275 meters long, 14.5 meters of draft on neap tides and 15.5 meters on spring tides.In 2017, the DP World Maputo Container Terminal also began its expansion works from 150.000 TEUs to 250.000 TEUs, scheduled for completion at the end of January 2018.“This is a major project and marks the last major steps defined by the Masterplan for the Port of Maputo. The rehabilitation will not only create berths with a depth of up to -15 meters below chart datum, but will improve the berth occupation rate through the creation of a bigger and deeper mooring area,” Lucas explained.last_img read more

HC quashes FIR against rower Bhokanal for harassing wife

first_imgMumbai: In a major relief to Olympian and Asian Games gold medallist rower Dattu Bhokanal, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday quashed an FIR registered against him on charges of cheating and harassing his wife. A bench of justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre quashed the FIR, saying the charges and the material on record against Bhokanal did not make out a case under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Bhokanal had approached the high court earlier this month seeking that the FIR be quashed. Bhokanal is scheduled to participate in the World Rowing Championship in Austria which is scheduled to be held from August 25 to September 1. The 28-year-old rower from Nashik had said that if the charges against him were not quashed, he would not be able to attend the competition. Bhokanal was India’s only rower to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In May this year, he was booked by the Nashik police under sections 498 A and 420 of the IPC, after his police constable wife complained that Bhokanal had been harassing her mentally and physically.last_img read more

Former PQ minister YvesFrancois Blanchet to seek Bloc Quebecois leadership

first_imgOTTAWA — Former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister Yves-Francois Blanchet will confirm he is running for the vacant Bloc Quebecois leadership, The Canadian Press has learned.Blanchet will confirm his intentions later today in the foyer of the House of Commons where he will be accompanied by at least two Bloc MPs.So far, five of the 10 members of the Bloc caucus have confirmed their support for Blanchet should he decide to run.A well-known political commentator on Radio-Canada in recent years, he was first elected provincially in 2008 and served as environment minister in Pauline Marois’ short-lived minority PQ government between 2012 and 2014.Blanchet was critical of former Bloc leader Martine Ouellet during her tumultuous run as party leader, so those loyal to her could be displeased by his arrival.Interim Bloc leader Mario Beaulieu has been attempting to bridge the factions within the party for the past eight months.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Closing arguments begin in trial of Quebec mother accused of killing her

first_imgLAVAL, Que. — The lawyer for a Quebec mother accused of killing her two daughters is questioning the work of investigators who analyzed the crime scene.Pierre Poupart told jurors in his closing arguments today that police were obsessed with proving Adele Sorella had killed her daughters, aged 8 and 9. The cause of death was never established after the girls were found, dressed in their school uniforms, in the family playroom in March 2009.Poupart says investigators never checked for fingerprints or verified whether someone could have broken into the home. He adds that police didn’t examine the hyperbaric chamber in the house that was bought to treat one of the daughters’ juvenile arthritis.Poupart says the investigators’ tunnel vision prevented them from looking for other clues in the case.The Crown has maintained that only Sorella would have been able to cause the deaths of Amanda and Sabrina De Vito because no one else was in the home. A pathologist who testified on behalf of the Crown suggested the girls could have been asphyxiated in the hyperbaric chamber.Sorella testified last month that she had almost no memory of the day her daughters died. The trial began in November.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Grassy Narrows supporters dump mysterious liquid outside Ontario legislature

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO – Six protesters supporting the remote Grassy Narrows First Nation were arrested by Toronto police Thursday after they dumped a mysterious liquid outside the front doors of the Ontario legislature.Members of FreeGrassy.net, wearing protective white coveralls and surgical masks, brought four barrels sporting skull and crossbones warnings to the legislature. One barrel was spilled, dumping a thick grey substance that oozed out over the broad front driveway.Security officials blocked the legislature’s main doors and cleared the vast south lawn of tourists while hazardous materials crews tried to determine what the substance was.At Queen’s Park-Supporters have created a chemical dump to call for cleaning of Grassy Narrows river. #OnPoli pic.twitter.com/kuTkrgsGbx— No One Is Illegal (@nooneisillegal) June 23, 2016Protest spokesman Syed Hussan refused to identify “the chemical spill” on the legislature’s doorstep.“It definitely looks a lot like mercury, but I can’t tell you,” said Hussan. “If this was in Grassy Narrows, the government would take 40 years to identify it and clean it up.”Grassy Narrows, which is near the Manitoba border and north of Kenora, has suffered from mercury poisoning since the Dryden Chemical Co. dumped 9,000 kilograms of it into the Wabigoon and English River systems during the 1960s.The government closed the local fishery that formed the basis of the Grassy Narrows economy in the 1970s, but some residents ignored the order to stop eating the fish.The mercury contamination is blamed for many illness and some deaths in the community.Hussan said the protesters wanted people in downtown Toronto to feel the worry that Grassy Narrows residents have lived with for decades.“We’re absolutely trying to bring a slight amount of the fear that the people of Grassy Narrows face every day into this community to show the injustice, and to say that just like this (spill) will be cleaned, we want the river system to be cleaned, too,” he said.“It’s not about a stunt.”Legislative security staff called in Toronto police and firefighters to help deal with the protest and try to determine exactly what was dumped, but authorities were not treating it as a highly toxic substance that would require evacuations.“At this point there is no reason to believe there is any threat to public safety,” said Toronto police Const. Craig Brister.“Right now they’re just at the point of determining exactly what it is.”The response to the spilled substance at Queen’s Park included the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Team as well as a Hazardous Materials Team, but Brister couldn’t say how long it would take to complete the testing of the grey liquid.“That’s essentially going to take as long as it’s going to take,” he said.The six protesters who were arrested were charged with mischief.A group of Grassy Narrows teens were ejected from the legislature three weeks ago for wearing T-shirts that said “water is sacred.” Wearing T-shirts with slogans is considered a protest, which is not allowed inside the legislature.Two Ontario cabinet ministers are scheduled to visit Grassy Narrows on Monday to talk with community leaders about various reports on the mercury contamination and find out what should be done to clean it up.last_img read more

Fresh hurdles to Afghan peace

first_imgAfghan peace effort has hit a strange speed breaker over the composition and size of representation, especially the insistence of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani of a list of 250 participants including around 50 women, according to a senior government official. This is in contrast to the list of 243 people announced by Qatar. All this caused a postponement of the dialogue which was scheduled to begin in the Qatari capital Doha. A disgusted Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar’s Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, tweeted “this is unfortunately necessary to further build consensus as to who should participate in the conference”. The Center has been sponsoring the dialogue that began in the tail end of 2018. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe most pessimistic in the US peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad who in a video message to some Afghan youth in the US embassy to Kabul made no bones of his despair: “No serious steps have been taken over intra-Afghan dialogue as well as there is no development for a prominent ceasefire and end of war.” He also tweeted in a mellowed tone “We’re in touch with all parties and encouraged that everyone remains committed to dialogue. I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans.” However, he hastened to add, “Dialogue is and always will be key to a political roadmap and lasting peace. There is no alternative. I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans. I stand ready to help if our help is needed.” Also Read – Insider threat managementNonetheless, the setback to the Afghan peace efforts is no surprise in as much as it’s a complicated process for which the US authorities are solely responsible, although the US President Donald Trump cannot be blamed. It is a hangover, imposed by his predecessors. Rather he took up the compulsion of the reality when he decided to initiate the process three days after his decision to withdraw from Syria (20 December 2018) that led to resignation of the US defence secretary James Mattis. Sticking to his stand, Trump told CBS on 23 December, ‘We’ll see what happens with the Taliban. They want peace. They’re tired. Everybody’s tired. I don’t like endless wars. What we’re doing has got to stop at some point.’ In September 2018, Khalilzad was picked up as Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation to refresh the dialogue with the Taliban that began in July last year. A US citizen, he is a Pashtun, belonging to the Noorzai tribe. He headed a department of the US think-tank RAND Corporation in the late 1990s and negotiated security arrangements for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project with the Taliban, then in power. His first diplomatic experience was participation as a representative in Afghanistan at the start of the US intervention in 2001. However, the former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai is not pessimistic and feels strongly that the intra-Afghan dialogue on Afghan peace has no spokes ahead. Addressing the delegates at the three-day Eighth Moscow Conference on International Security, he said, “The second intra-Afghan meeting which was already organised, will be likely held in the near future in Qatar. This is a kind of comprehensive format and should be continued. ” But like the Taliban, Karzai calls his successor in Kabul as ‘a US puppet’. The Moscow initiative is to a considerable extent a diplomatic panacea. Karzai who looks forward to a joint initiative by the US, Russia, and China on Afghanistan is to be treated as consequences of the defeat of terrorists in Syria imposing an assessment of threats to return militants to Africa and Asia which was analysed at the Moscow Conference. Actually, a plenary session was devoted to the Middle East topics, the consequences of the defeat of ISIS in Syria as also a political settlement and post-conflict reconstruction therein An important aspect seems to be the assessment of the threat of the return of terrorist terrorists to Africa and Asia, the problems of illegal migration and thus Afghan impasse was discussed. The Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah considers the Taliban as ‘the obstacle’ to a solution. The Taliban whose base area is not more than one-third of Afghanistan are still in touch with Al-Qaeda and other terrorists. In a detailed interview, he described Talibans as essentially a ‘terrorist’ outfit and ‘not a political entity’. The Taliban had previously refused to hold direct talks with Ghani’s government. Small wonder, Taiban leaders characterise Abdullah as a ‘comie’. Revolutionary postures notwithstanding, the Talibans are looking up to Washington – a realisation that a fatigue casts shadow over the highly risky guerrilla life. In an eight-minute audiotape, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was released from Pakistan jail a few months back has assured Afghans of a peace settlement. “If [Afghans] think of us as brothers, I trust in God that all the problems will be solved,” Baradar said, speaking in Pushto. “I ask all our countrymen to be sure there is no need to worry. Everyone will be treated very well.” But they are to face up to resistance from the steadily growing woman rights groups that stress tradition of modernity and gender equality. Khalida Khorsand a women’s rights activist who was up against religious authorities’ ban on Valentine’s Day in Herat, her hometown and the capital of a large province of the same name in western Afghanistan bordering Iran , expressed concern over the mushrooming Islamic madrasahs that push Afghanistan back toward conservative values in the name of tradition and Islamic teachings. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Ray Rice On AntiBullying Campaign in Wake of Kids

Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice has been somewhat of a bully on the football field, running over opponents at every chance. But he has a problem with bullying among kids at school, and wants to stem this growing trend.The 26-year-old Rice has spoken at several local Maryland schools about bullying, having been touched by the death of 12-year-old Bailey O’ Neill.O’ Neill, who was a student at Darby Township in Pennsylvania, was taken off life support Sunday after being placed in a medically induced coma. He was beaten up by fellow classmates on January 10, causing seizures. Doctors placed O’Neill in the medically induced coma to stop the seizures.Rice took to his Facebook page Sunday.“I reached out to the family and was able to spend about 45 minutes on the phone with them,” Rice wrote. “I could hear their sadness, worry, frustration and grief. They would be faced with removing their son, cousin, nephew, and best friend from life support.”The Super Bowl champion expressed confusion in trying to understand why bullying has been so prevalent.“I don’t know if we will ever get to a point where bullying is actually considered a CRIME, rather than “kids being kids” or a “playground incident,” Rice wrote.Rice told between thousands at an anti-bullying rally in Baltimore last July that his sister was the victim of bullying.“Going into the eighth grade, a girl kept on picking [my sister],” Rice said via The Postgame. “The girl threw a rock, hit my sister in the eye, and my mother’s first reaction was to tell her to retaliate. That wasn’t the right answer.”Rice said after getting the police and the principal involved, that his sister has not had any more problems from the girl. Unfortunately, the outcome for Bailey was not the same.“But, I DO KNOW THIS: I will NOT give up my fight. Every day I will continue to fight AGAINST bullying and fight FOR Kindness,” Rice wrote.He added: “Bailey – my little buddy, I will not let you become just another bully statistic…you are my inspiration and one more angel that will help me continue the fight for kids everywhere. You are going to help me save lives. RIP my little friend.”The investigation into O’Neill’s death is ongoing. read more

Allergy warning as Nestle recalls batch of KitKat Bites over fears they

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Nestle has recalled a batch of its KitKat Bites and warned people with nut or peanut allergies to be “especially vigilant” after incorrectly packaging the chocolates.The confectioner said it is recalling bags of KitKat Original Milk Chocolate Bites as they may have been incorrectly packed with peanut butter chocolates.A company spokesman said: “Although these packs are clearly labelled with ‘may contain peanuts and nuts’ there is a risk to anyone with a nut or peanut allergy who may consume their contents without realising.”Although these products are otherwise safe to consume we are making this recall as a precaution.”This does not affect any other KitKat products.”Nestle said the product affected is the 104g KitKat Bites pouch bag, with the line code 12311184 and batch code 70720457V2.People who have bought the chocolates are advised not to eat them but return them to Nestle, with a full refund.Anyone concerned about the issue should contact Nestle on 0800 604 604.last_img read more

Port Kaituma vendor charged for alleged rape of 12yrold

A vendor was today (Wednesday) arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan after he reportedly had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl.Twenty-five-year-old, Stephon Belle of Port Kaituma, Water Front, North West District (NWD) was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge against him.It is being alleged that he engaged in sexual penetration with the girl on July 14 2018 at said Port Kaituma Water Front.According to the case facts, he invited the minor to his place of abode and forcefully had sex with her.As such the matter was reported to the Police and Belle was arrested and later charged.He was granted $350,000 bail to next appear at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate Court on August 7 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPort Kaituma man charged over alleged sexual activity with 14-yr-old femaleJune 6, 2018In “Court”3 men appear in court on rape, sexual assault chargesApril 26, 2016In “Court”32 – Year – old charged with rape of 6 – year – oldApril 2, 2014In “Crime” read more

Tonight: See Saturn at Its Best and Brightest for the Year

first_img Summer is a prime time for mesmerizing celestial sights, and on Tuesday, July 9, Saturn will be extremely bright and light up the night sky.The massive, ringed planet will be visible on Tuesday, and even though having a telescope will offer better views, skywatchers won’t really need one on hand, since Saturn will be experiencing opposition, AccuWeather.com reported. Opposition is the position in Saturn’s orbit when it is closest to our planet, making it easily visible in the night sky.On Tuesday night, most onlookers in the U.S. will be able to watch Saturn up above: Clear skies are expected for the Northeast, southern Plains, and West regions. Unfortunately, rain and clouds might block this celestial sight in the Midwest, Southeast and West Coast areas of North America. If bad weather blocks Saturn’s stellar views, onlookers can still observe the planet for the rest of the month, since it will be illuminated and appear in the same area of the sky.Tuesday night will be the best night of the year to see #Saturn as it reaches opposition. But will you be able to see it? Cloud cover forecast: https://t.co/qu6jsM6hGL pic.twitter.com/NKBcCue2Ua— AccuWeatherAstronomy (@AccuAstronomy) July 8, 2019Starting at sunset, Saturn will rise in the southeast and slowly move across the night sky before setting in the southwest direction during the early morning hours on Wednesday. If observers want to see Saturn’s detailed features, including its bizarre rings and Titan, the planet’s icy moon, they will need to use a telescope.July will be full of other opportunities to skywatch Saturn: On the nights of July 16 and July 17, the Full Thunder Moon will be illuminated next to the planet, making both space objects easy to spot in the night sky.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Discovers New Sculpting in Saturn’s RingsNASA’s Cassini Reveals Disappearing Lakes on Saturn’s Titan MoonNASA’s Upcoming Dragonfly Mission Will Explore Titan’s Icy Surface Stay on target Hubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring SystemNASA’s Upcoming Dragonfly Mission Will Explore Titan’s Icy Surface last_img read more

Loud louder loudest

first_imgThe happiest music festival Bacardi NH7 Weekender is here again. Back with its 3rd edition in a row, the two-day festival that kicked off last Saturday was even bigger than the previous years. Music lovers thronged in thousands to catch some of the biggest international and Indian acts.After travelling to Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune, Bacardi NH7 Weekender came to its final pit stop city for 2014 at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. The massive four-city festival has now also introduced Shillong as its fifth addition, set to take place in February 2015! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the festival was a packed punch with an incredible lineup of both Indian and international artistes. Right from Songhoy Blues, all the way from Mali, Africa, charming the audiences with their refreshing brand of blues rock to The Raghu Dixit Project featuring Nritarutya who had crowds thronging to The Dewarists and asking for more. The funnymen from AIB had people in splits with their signature brand of edgy humor taking on everyone from Salman Khan to Narendra Modi. American heavy metal superstars Fear Factory to the soulful and mellifluous voice of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh was also witnessed. Bacardi NH7 Weekender this year also makes for an incredible audio visual spectacle!  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Bacardi NH7 Weekender had loads in store to keep Delhi audiences entertained through their Sunday with an exciting lineup, including critically-acclaimed international headliners The Vaccines (UK), Dinosaur  Pile (UK), Motopny (US), Goldspot (US) and Alo Wala (Denmark) to some of India’s biggest music acts Indian Ocean’s Tandanu featuring Pt. Vishwamohan Bhat, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, producer Amit Trivedi and bass baron Duke Nucleya to name a few.Over the last four years, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender has grown to be one of the country’s most loved musical weekends – representing Bacardi India and Only Much Louder’s commitment to giving fans unforgettable musical experiences. This year, over 100 artists will play at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s four editions – Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Delhi.last_img read more

Shaping young minds

first_imgNational Institute of Fine Art hosts the annual art exhibition Antar Darshan by its students that commences on May 22 at its premises. The five-day art extravaganza provides the students an opportunity to exhibit their multi dimensional and original art works.Renu Khera, the curator of the show, presents the best 25 students work in a year’s time. The artists have created three original art work in different mediums like oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, charcoal and dry pastels. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’50 per cent of the amount raised by selling the paintings will be donated to the Prime Minister Relief Fund in support of Nepal.  The show also displays works by some special students and underprivileged kids who have toiled their heart and soul to show their potential. Every student has his own thoughts for his art work. The show will enable the visitors to interact with artists and experts. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSome of the participating artistes are – Shalini, Mohita Suri, Pallavi Juyal, Vishal Dharmani and Rajat Mathur.In the words of Shalini, “Through this painting of mine, I want to show myself in the form of yog mudra which describes a state in which even when we lose our near and dear ones we can keep them alive in ourselves. A state in which we feel real happiness and peace of life through meditation.” Innocence of a boy catched Mohit’s attention which he showed in his piece of work. He says, “Innocent face with lots of questions in his eyes attracts me. This shows we all should preserve our innocence in order to turn this world to become a more humane world to live.” The concept of Juyal’s work is ‘dreams’. She comments, “I chose it because it is a wish of every human being to live life like a dream. But it is imperative to see the life as a wholesome game where there is hard work, ups and downs, despair n happiness. Life is the canvas of happening of things. If we are ready to enjoy every moment, life is really a dream.”Dharmani who is a software engineer by profession can’t resist himself with pencils, colours and paintings. He said, “I am discovering an artist within me by transforming my scratchy strokes into perfect lines and dull colours to vibrant ones.”Rajat Mathur, a graphic Designer by profession is always fascinated by art. The name of the painting is Colours of Joy, It is the portrait of his friend clicked by him at the time of Holi. This reflects the colours of joy a person experience in this festival regardless of cast and creed.When: May 22 – 26 Where: All India Fine Art & Craft SocietyTiming: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

Costa Rica to export eggs to Mexico

first_imgFour Costa Rican egg companies will begin exporting this month for the first time to Mexico, after receiving the approval of the National Animal Health Service (SENASA).According to estimates by the National Poultry Chamber, producers are ready to ship some 40 tons (about 600,000 eggs), which represent the excess of local production.Local producers hope to take advantage of an opportunity created after the death of thousands of birds in Mexico by avian influenza, which caused a shortage in that country.However, National Poultry Chamber officials acknowleged that the opportunity to export to Mexico will be temporary, lasting only until Mexican producers recover losses from bird flu. But officials already have initiated contacts with other countries such as Colombia to send the surplus of local production, SENASA’s executive director, German Rojas, said in a press release.Agriculture and Livestock Minister Gloria Abraham welcomed the new opportunities for domestic producers, saying, “This is a great chance to show the quality of our poultry production, which is at competitive levels and free of avian influenza.”Last year, Costa Rican egg exports totaled $7 million, mostly to Nicaragua. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Setting Limits

first_img The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on Tuesday, announced the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will purchase or guarantee in 2019. The coming year will see an increase at $484,350 in maximum conforming loan limit for one-unit properties compared to $453,100 in 2018. According to The Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA), the baseline for conforming loan requires an adjustment for Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s conforming loan limits. This practice helps adjust loan limits based on changes in the average U.S. home price. FHFA’s seasonally adjusted, expanded-data HPI, revealed an average increase of 6.9 percent in house prices between the third quarters of 2017 and 2018, resulting in an increase along the same margins in the baseline maximum conforming loan limit in 2019. The maximum loan limit will be higher than the baseline loan limit in high-cost area limits, where 115 percent of the local median home value exceeds the baseline conforming loan limit, FHFA stated. Median home values experienced a surge in high-cost areas last year, which in turn, drove up the maximum loan limits in many areas. The new ceiling loan limit for one-unit properties in most high-cost areas is projected to be $726,525 — or 150 percent of $484,350. Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands operate under special statutory provisions that establish different loan limit calculations with a baseline loan limit of $726,525 for one-unit properties. The maximum conforming loan limit will be higher in 2019 in all but 47 counties or county equivalents in the U.S. due to rising home values and a general increase in the baseline as well as ceiling loan limit, the FHFA indicated. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination November 27, 2018 1,065 Views Fannie Mae. Freddie Mac FHFA HERA Home price maximum conforming loan limits Median Home Value mortgage 2018-11-27 Donna Josephcenter_img Setting Limits Sharelast_img read more

How FirstTime Buyers Drive the Mortgage Market

first_img Share FIrst time Homebuyers Millennials sales 2019-05-21 Seth Welborn May 21, 2019 818 Views First time buyers make up 38 percent of single-family homebuyers and 57 percent of new purchase borrowers, according to the latest First-Time Homebuyer Market Report from Genworth Mortgage Insurance. “First-time homebuyers are typically different from other homebuyers, having less income and savings, but also are more likely to buy because they are starting a family versus changing jobs, retiring, or upgrading their home,” said Genworth Chief Economist Tian Liu. “For these reasons, the first-time homebuyer market and the rest of the housing market do not necessarily move together. Since 2014, home sales to first-time homebuyers have accounted for most of the growth while sales to repeat buyers have been largely flat.”Genworth notes that since 2014, first-time buyers have been the biggest contributors to home sales growth, while sales to repeat buyers has remained relatively flat. According to the study, the steady surge in first time homebuyers is due to both cyclical and demographic forces. “The cyclical force is the unwinding of the Housing Crisis, which resulted in over three million potential first-time homebuyers delaying home purchase,” Liu said. “Many of these delayed buyers are coming back into the market. This trend is reflected in the rising homeownership rate over the past few years for households headed by people under 45, which has increased from 58 percent in Q1 2015 to 60 percent this quarter.”The demographic force, on the other hand, is the maturing millennials. Liu notes that like the generations before, the millennials’ propensity to buy and own a home naturally increases as they come of age. The sharp increase in homeownership rate means that many millennials have been buying in the past few years, and more will come. Young millennials are still reaching homebuying age. Genworth notes that the average homeownership rate increases from 35 percent to 60 percent as the head of household age goes from under-35 to between 35 and 44. However, while this propensity will continue to rise later in life, the increase will be less dramatic.center_img How First-Time Buyers Drive the Mortgage Market in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more