BCCI unlikely to take confrontational approach in Special General Meeting

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is unlikely to take a confrontational stand towards the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the Special General Meeting (SGM), which is currently underway in New Delhi.India Today has learnt that there is no consensus amongst the members on sending a legal notice to the world cricket governing body seeking damages for the breach of the Members Participation Agreement caused at the ICC Board meeting in Dubai on April 26.The Indian cricket board is likely to empower acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to try and negotiate and reason out with ICC a little more to see if they can increase the revenue from USD 393 million by 30 million more.However, finance will not be the major negotiating issue.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has convinced the members that governance and bilateral series are far more important and if they have increased say on governance, the shortfall can easily be made up.Meanwhile, the squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England will be announced on Monday in a selection meeting which will be attended by captain Virat Kohli.Earlier, the CoA met the state units in two sessions ahead of Sunday’s SGM where implications of a pull-out were discussed. It is learnt that CoA apprised the members of how India will have to pull out of all ICC tourneys till 2023 if they wish to boycott the Champions Trophy, scheduled to start in England from June 1.Meanwhile, the IPL governing council will be meeting on Sunday to discuss media rights for the next cycle of the IPL. It is learnt that media rights cycle would be halved from 10 years to 5 years.advertisementRead morePakistan Cricket Board seeks Rs 447 crore in compensation from BCCI India team for ICC Champions Trophy to be selected on May 8last_img read more

Realme 3 Pro launched: Key specs, features, price in India and Flipkart sale date

first_imgThe Realme 3 Pro has been launched in India as the successor to last year’s popular Realme 2 Pro. The latest smartphone is part of the company’s flagship series that aims to deliver powerful hardware while maintaining a high style quotient. To this end, the Realme 3 Pro is a Snapdragon 710-powered smartphone that comes with a dewdrop display, gradient colour design and VOOC fast charging among other things.Realme is keen to take on the Redmi Note 7 Pro with its latest flagship. It has priced the Realme 3 Pro competitively to take on the Xiaomi device. The Realme 3 Pro is a pretty substantial upgrade over its predecessor and here is a quick look at some of the key specifications, features and its availability in India.Realme 3 Pro specificationsDisplay: The Realme 3 Pro sports a FHD+ (2340×1080) Dewdrop display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, up to 400 nits of brightness and a screen-to-body ratio of over 90 per cent.Processor: It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with Adreno 616 GPU.RAM: It is offered with 4GB or 6GB of RAM.Internal storage: The 4GB RAM variant comes with 64GB of internal storage, while the 6GB RAM variant comes in 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage. The phone offers a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 256GB)Rear camera: The Realme 3 Pro sports a 16-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX519 primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor.Front camera: It gets a 25-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.Battery: The handset houses a 4,045mAh battery.Software: The Realme 3 Pro runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.advertisementRealme 3 Pro features– The Realme 3 Pro gets a faster chipset compared to the Realme 2 Pro. The latest flagship from the company is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset that is equipped with an Adreno 616 GPU. Realme is highlighting the phone’s gaming performance, and to that effect the smartphone also supports Fortnite out-of-the-box.– The Realme 3 Pro is also the company’s first smartphone to support VOOC 3.0 fast charging. With this, Realme promises the large 4,045mAh can charge from zero to 100 per cent in just 80 minutes with the help of a 20W charger that comes with the box. — The 6.3-inch display gets a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. The 3D rear panel comes in unique gradient colors like Nitro Blue, Lightning Purple and Carbon Gray colours. Realme has also added curved racetrack lines on the rear panel to emphasise the speed of the Realme 3 Pro.– Cameras have been upgraded as well taking some influence from the OnePlus 6T. The primary camera offers a 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor, which promises to deliver crisp and bright photos thanks to a wide f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the Realme 3 Pro gets a 25MP camera for sharp and detailed selfies.– The cameras on the Realme 3 Pro get some added help with some notable modes like Nightscape, which is a long-exposure mode that allows for brighter photos in extreme low-light conditions. Chrome Boost is another feature that bumps up the saturation and dynamic range to offer vivid photos. The Realme 3 Pro also supports Super Slo-mo video recording at 960 fps.Realme 3 Pro price in India and release dateThe Realme 3 Pro has been priced in India starting at Rs 13,999 for the base model that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The top-end 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 16,999. The Realme 3 Pro will go on sale on Flipkart and Realme.com on April 29 at 12 noon. Realme is offering Rs 1,000 flat discount on purchasing the product with an HDFC Bank credit or debit card, and Jio benefits worth Rs 5,300. The flagship will also be available via offline stores soon.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro launched with Snapdragon 710, VOOC 3.0 fast charge: Price in India, specs, release dateALSO READ | Realme C2 with dewdrop display, Android Pie launched starting Rs 5,999: Specs and availability detailslast_img read more

Everton expect quiet January window

first_imgEverton do not have the “financial conditions” to sign players in the January transfer window, according to Marco Silva.The Toffees are 10th in the Premier League having responded to back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City with a 2-0 home victory over Bournemouth.Reports suggest their forward line is set to be depleted with Oumar Niasse said to be nearing a loan move to Cardiff City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But they may not be able replace the forward, with boss Silva telling reporters: “When you asked me the last few weeks the possible players coming or not in the market, I told you that you just can’t sign someone if someone leaves the club or we sell someone.”We don’t have the financial conditions to go in the market, [that] is the feedback I have at the moment. I have to find different solutions.”Everton are thought to be keen on signing Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea following his struggles while out on loan at Valencia during the first half of the campaign.However, Silva added: “It is not the moment for us to talk about player A, B, C or D [and] if they could interest our model as a team.”We have to work with the players we have here, develop them, let them get better every day. This is our job.”What can happen in the market you know already, what are our possibilities as a club and my possibilities as a manager to do or not.”last_img read more

Has Oil Contango Spread to Shipyards?

first_imgzoom South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) will build four very large crude carriers (VLCCs) instead of two LNG carriers for an unnamed Oceania-registered client, the shipbuilder said in a stock exchange filing.DSME received the original order for the LNG carriers back in October 2014, with the contract valued at KRW 455.7 billion (USD 412.2m).The new contract for four VLCCs is worth KRW 430.6 billion (USD 389.4m).DSME did not provide any details regarding the specifications of the newly ordered crude carriers.The switch might have been prompted by the recent trend among fuel traders to charter supertankers and store cheaper crude for future sale.The current rates for VLCCs on a Persian Gulf-North Asia route are about USD 69,000/day, while the rates in the time charter market span between USD 33,500 and USD 37,500 per day.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Report TOTE to Continue Shipping Ops amid Hurricane Matthew

first_imgzoom US shipping company TOTE Maritime is reportedly planning to continue its operations as planned despite warnings about the Hurricane Matthew located near southwestern Haiti in the Caribbean, according to local media.A vessel belonging to TOTE Maritime was scheduled to depart Jacksonville, Florida, today, while another ship was set to sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico.The company was cited as saying that the operations on its Jacksonville to Puerto Rico route would not be disturbed, despite the forecasts that the water along the route could get as high as 40 feet.US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that showers and thunderstorms continue in association with a low pressure area located about 500 miles northeast of Puerto Rico.Satellite wind data indicated that the low is producing winds to gale force, and the system “could become sufficiently well organized to result in the formation of a tropical storm later today” as there was an 80% chance of cyclone formation in the next 48 hours, the NHC informed earlier today.TOTE Maritime’s vessel Isla Bella, which replaced the ill-fated containership El Faro after it disappeared on the route in October 2015, is scheduled to make another trip to Puerto Rico starting on Friday when Hurricane Matthew is projected to be closest to Florida’s First Coast, local media added.The announcement comes a year after the company’s roll on, roll off cargo ship El Faro sank off Bermuda on October 1 near the eye of the Hurricane Joaquin, taking all 33 crewmembers with it.El Faro was en route to San Juan from Jacksonville when it was disabled some 36 nautical miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, as it lost propulsion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

JNU student commits suicide in campus depression suspected

first_imgNew Delhi: A JNU student allegedly committed suicide on Friday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room of the university.The investigating agency said that the deceased was undergoing some treatment as per preliminary enquiry. They are also probing weather the student was under depression. According to police, they were alerted about the incident on Friday at about 12 pm. A PCR call was received in Vasant Kunj (North) police station regarding the suicide note of a JNU student which was received by a professor. The investigating team reached at the spot which was School of Language. After contacting the caller who was the office in charge of Mahi Mandvi hostel. “He said that he received a message from warden regarding Rishi Joshua Thomas, student of MA 2nd year English language JNU, residing at JNU’s Mahi Mandvi Hostel. In the note, it was written that he is committing suicide,” an investigator said. Police further added that during investigation it was revealed that in the basement of library one room was locked from inside. “On knocking no one responded. From the window Rishi Joshua was seen hanging from the ceiling fan, the door was forcibly opened and the body was taken down by cutting the cable,” added city police press statement. The statement further reads that at the spot a doctor from JNU declared him dead. Later for collecting clues and to further probe the crime, team visited the spot. The body has been shifted to Safdarjung Hospital. “Relatives informed one cousin brother Mathew Varghese also reached JNU. One suicide note mailed to Prof of English language. As per preliminary enquiry, no foul play is suspected. Further investigation is in progress,” police said. The JNU in the press statement said that they express its deep condolences at the untimely demise of an MA student in one of the academic buildings of the university. Police were informed forthwith and the case is being investigated. His body has been sent to the Safdarjung Hospital and his parents have been informed about this unfortunate incident. Police are also probing if it was due to a relationship gone wrong or because of some other reason.last_img read more

Nows your chance to change your Medicare Advantage plan

Medicare Advantage enrollees get a new, second chance to find the right health coverage this year.The government added another enrolment window that started Jan. 1 and lasts until March 31. It gives people with privately run versions of the federal Medicare program a chance to change plans or switch to regular Medicare. Until now, Medicare Advantage customers who wanted to make a big switch outside the program’s annual fall sign-up period had to rely on a shorter, more limited window.But finding better coverage is no simple task. Kaiser Family Foundation Medicare expert Tricia Neuman says people need to approach this new opportunity cautiously.“In many areas there are more than a dozen plans available,” she said. “The choice can often be overwhelming.”Here are some points to consider.THE DETAILSYou can make one change during this new window and only if you’re already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.You can switch to another Medicare Advantage plan or opt for original Medicare and then pick prescription drug coverage. This sign-up period replaces a shorter enrolment window that also started Jan. 1 and allowed Medicare Advantage customers to switch to original Medicare.Any changes you make will start the first month after your plan gets your request, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.WHO MIGHT CONSIDER THISAnyone who dislikes their coverage or has had a change in care needs.Medicare Advantage plans can include attractive options like low premiums, dental coverage or gym memberships. They also can change from year to year and limit the doctors covered in the plan’s network.Enrollees might wind up with a plan that wasn’t as good as they thought when they signed up last fall. Others may have kept the same plan from the previous year and found out that it now excludes a favourite doctor.DEEP THINKING REQUIREDMedicare Advantage plans come with a maze of variables to consider. Don’t make a change for one thing — like keeping that favourite doctor — without considering other important factors.Think about how the new coverage will affect your prescriptions. Consider how many local hospitals or cancer centres are included in the plan’s network in case you become sick. This is a decision you may have to live with until the next enrolment window arrives in October.“People tend to look at premiums because premiums are easier to compare,” Neuman said. “There’s so many other factors that affect how good the coverage is.”Enrollees who shift from Medicare Advantage to original Medicare may want supplemental coverage that picks up some of the costs original Medicare doesn’t cover. But those plans have a big catch.In many states, insurers can consider your health when deciding whether to provide coverage. Neuman said shoppers should apply for a supplemental plan first to see if they can get that coverage before dumping their previous plan.WHERE TO FIND HELPThe government operates a plan finder at https://www.medicare.gov/ that can help people compare options.Insurance brokers also know how to guide customers through a search and what variables they should consider. But they may receive a commission for working with you.For help from someone who doesn’t have a financial stake in your decision, contact the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in your market. Visit https://www.shiptacenter.org/ or call 1-800-MEDICARE for contact information.Kaiser’s Neuman doesn’t expect a lot of people to change coverage during this new enrolment window. She said their research shows that only about one out of every 10 people changes plans during the main sign-up period, which runs from October to December.“In general, people on Medicare find that the whole process fairly intimidating,” she said. “They tend to pick a plan and stick with it.”Tom Murphy, The Associated Press read more

Egyptian Professor Do Not Leave Work for Prayer

Rabat – Amna Nasir, a professor of Islamic philosophy at Cairo’s al-Azhar University and a member of Egypt’s parliament issued a fatwa (a religious opinion) on Tuesday, April 30, saying that leaving work for prayer is inappropriate.Nasir argue that dhuhr (noon) prayer can be delayed to overlap with Asr (midday) prayer in a phone call on a program titled “Public Opinion” presented by Amr Abdel Hamid on the television channel Tahrir Egyptian Network (TEN). Arguing that leaving work for prayer is putting off the interest of citizens, Nasir called on all breadwinners to “stay devoted to work” as is licensed by God, adding that “love for work is proof of one’s love for Allah.” She also argued that “the prophet (PBUH) kissed the hands that worked, saying it is a hand that Allah and his prophet love.” Read also: Libya’s Grand Mufti Call On Muslims to Boycott Hajj and UmrahNasir’s fatwa came just two days after the Libyan grand mufti Sadiq Al-Ghariani called on Muslims planning to perform a second Hajj or Umrah to abstain as a boycotting strategy against Saudi Arabian rulers. He argued that Muslims “put money in the pockets of Saudi rulers” enabling them to “kill our Muslim brother and sisters.” read more

UK to pressure social media companies to fight antivax info

LONDON — Britain’s government is planning to pressure social media companies to do more to fight misinformation on vaccines following a spike in measles cases.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that while the country had a great record on fighting measles, things were suddenly “going in the wrong direction,” with 230 new measles cases in the first few months of this year.Johnson says “I’m afraid people have been listening to that superstitious mumbo jumbo on the internet, all that anti-vax stuff and thinking that the MMR vaccine is a bad idea. That’s wrong.”Health Minister Jo Churchill says the National Health Service and the government need to work with social media companies so “we give people the correct information that they can help keep their children safe.”The Associated Press read more

UNbacked Asian forum highlights transportations role in sustainable development

In his message to the opening of the Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the post 2015 Development Agenda, the Secretary-General commended delegates for discussing next-generation transport systems for the 21st century. “On a global scale it is essential that we better design and build transport infrastructure to make it safer and more environmentally friendly, and to minimize vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters,” stressed Mr. Ban, who also said he would “welcome” the forum’s ideas and suggestions on defining “a transformative post-2015 development agenda.” The two-day meeting, held in Bali, Indonesia, will explore a variety of issues related to transport in relation to the outcome of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20 under the theme Next Generation Transport System We Want for 21st Century~ Looking Beyond Rio+20. Topics include the promotion of public bicycle schemes, greenways initiatives for converting road space into leaner parks and high quality pedestrian areas, and the full integration of public transport modes. In addressing the importance of sustainable transport, Mr. Ban also noted that access to goods and services through efficient means was “essential” not only in preserving the environment but also in reducing poverty.“In both urban and rural areas, better land-use and transport system planning makes a great difference in facilitating access to jobs, goods and services for men and women alike. It also helps improve road safety and reduce traffic accidents and fatalities,” he continued. Echoing this point in a message delivered today to Brazil’s National Association of Mayors, the Secretary-General also urged Brazil’s local officials to renew their commitment to developing sustainable cities in order to ensure better lives for the growing numbers of people who inhabit the world’s urban environments. “As agreed at the Rio+20 Summit, and as can be seen day by day through the innovative steps being taken in the world’s cities and towns, local Governments have a crucial role to play in steering the world towards a path of truly sustainable and equitable urban development,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered by Giancarlo Summa, the UN Resident Coordinator in Brazil. “We need your dynamism in accelerating our work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline,” he continued. “We need your vision in addressing climate change, a paramount threat. And we need your voices to be heard as we define a transformative post-2015 development agenda.” read more

Walt Disney buys Murdochs Fox for 524bn

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormula One to have new owner after US$8 billion dealSeptember 8, 2016In “Sports”Ex-Mexican President Fox says Donald Trump reminds him of HitlerFebruary 27, 2016In “World”Guyanese – born American Actress Rhona Fox Honored in HollywoodJuly 1, 2013In “Entertainment” Disney chief executive Bob Iger and Rupert Murdoch (Disney image)(BBC) Walt Disney has agreed to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for a total $52.4bn (£39bn).The deal includes Fox’s 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney announced.Fox’s remaining assets, including Fox News and Sports, will form a new company.The deal ends more than half a century of media expansion by Fox owner Rupert Murdoch, who is 86 years old.He turned a single Australian newspaper he inherited from his father at the age of 21 into one of the world’s largest news and film empires.Mr Murdoch will still retain control of News Corp, the news publishing group that split away from 21st Century Fox in 2013 and which owns the Times and the Sun newspapers.Disney’s purchase will add to its huge back catalogue, with high-grossing films such as the original Star Wars movie, the Marvel superhero pictures, Avatar and Deadpool, as well as TV hits including The Simpsons.Disney chief executive Bob Iger said that Disney was “incredibly excited” about the acquisition, and that it was an “opportunity to expand iconic franchises”, including Avatar and Star Wars.“May the Force be with us all,” Mr Iger said.Succession questionMr Murdoch’s shift to selling assets rather than buying them has come as a surprise to those who expected him to hand over the businesses to his sons, James and Lachlan.James Murdoch had been widely tipped to be given a senior role at Disney. But Mr Iger told Good Morning America: “James and I will be talking over the next couple of months. He will be integral to the integration process. He and I will be discussing whether there is a role for him or not at our company.”Mr Iger will remain in his role until the end of 2021.It is not clear how the deal will be received by US competition regulators.The US Department of Justice recently sued to block AT&T’s $85.4bn deal to buy Time Warner, on the basis that it will raise prices for consumers and competitors.In the UK, Fox’s proposed deal to buy the remainder of Sky is being already investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is due to publish provisional findings in January.The BBC understands that the Disney deal will not alter that CMA investigation.Rupert Murdoch said: “If things go wrong, the existing [Sky] shares go to Disney. It will be up to them to decide what to do.”Fox is selling assets including its FX and National Geographic cable channels and media company Star India.Disney also will buy Fox’s stake in the Hulu video streaming service, giving it majority control of a competitor to Netflix.Hulu is also partially owned by Comcast and Time Warner.Paolo Pescatore, an analyst with CCS Insight, said: “The move will firmly establish Disney as one of the leading media companies in the world and puts it in a great position to compete head on with the threat posed by the web providers such as Amazon and Facebook.” read more

This iPhone Dock Has No Wires

first_imgIf you’re the type who has wood paneling in their car, a bamboo iPhone case, and a solid-wood desk, the Koostik iPhone Dock will fit perfectly with your motif: it’s an iPhone dock that’s made entirely of wood, with no wires or speakers at all. The dock is designed to amplify the sound from the iPhone’s built-in speaker using the natural acoustics carved into the wood, and the folks behind it say it can make your iPhone’s speakerphone up to four times louder than it already is. The Koostik will set you back $90 retail (with free shipping,) mostly because each one is hand-carved by the master woodworker who invented it. You can order them in a variety of colors and wood varieties, including combinations of Maple, Walnut, and Cherry faces and bodies. It’s not built to be a replacement for an electronic dock or amplifier, and it won’t charge your iPhone because it doesn’t require electricity. Still, if you like a touch of elegance on your desk or just love all things wood, the Koostik is for you. AdChoices广告last_img read more

More than 80 cases now before High Court over swine flu vaccine

first_imgMore than 80 cases now before High Court over swine flu vaccine A solicitor handling many of the cases said the slow process is “very frustrating” for his clients. Short URL 27,814 Views https://jrnl.ie/4578353 Share320 Tweet Email3 Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments THE SOLICITOR HANDLING many of the cases involving people who allegedly developed narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine has said more than 80 cases have now been lodged before the courts in relation to Pandemrix.In 2009, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a swine flu pandemic. The Irish government and the HSE purchased over eight million Pandemrix vaccines, which were made by Glaxosmithkline (GSK).Many people received the vaccine before its use was suspended in Ireland in 2011 after concerns were raised about negative side effects including a link with narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.The British Medical Journal published an investigation last September which noted that serious safety concerns were raised in 2009, nearly two years before the vaccine’s use was stopped in Ireland.Legal proceedings in two more cases were issued during the week. One case, involving a woman, is listed for trial on 8 October next. The other case involves an underage boy.The defendants in both cases are the Minister for Health, the HSE, GSK and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).The proceedings were lodged by Michael Boylan Litigation. The Dublin-based law firm is handling the vast majority of the 80-plus cases. ‘Enormous task’ Solicitor Michael Boylan told TheJournal.ie the firm is “going through an enormous task” of finding and searching documents for relevant information.“We’re having to spend hundreds of thousands on IT experts and a team of document reviewers going through piles of documents,” he added, on the documents his team had sourced.&nbspIn February, the Sunday Business Post reported that the government had spent €2.1 million discovering documents for a test case brought by Aoife Bennett, a 28-year-old woman who allegedly developed narcolepsy from the Pandemrix vaccine. Bennett’s case is considered a lead case for the other related legal actions.‘A very stark disease’ Boylan said he believes the government has spent closer to €3 million at this stage.Narcolepsy is a very stark disease and many people have late diagnosis. It’s just terrible, it really is terrible,” he added. When asked about the situation in the Dáil by TD Clare Daly last Tuesday, Health Minister Simon Harris said the State Claims Agency is dealing with the cases in question, adding that it “would not be appropriate” for him to comment.“The discovery process is being actively case managed by a judge of the High Court. There have been several High Court motion hearings to date.“The matter has been listed again before the High Court in October 2019 where a test case will be raised by the plaintiff.“The Department of Health and the HSE continue to comply with all orders made by the courts and at no stage has the State failed to comply with a discovery order of the High Court,” Harris said.TheJournal.ie contacted the department, the State Claims Agency, the HSE and GSK for comment.The HSE said it was a matter for the State Claims Agency, which declined to comment.The department and GSK also both said they cannot comment on ongoing litigation. Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings.  Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 7:05 AM By Órla Ryan Image: RollingNews.ie Apr 7th 2019, 12:06 AM last_img read more

Report Juventus target Chelseas Emerson

first_imgJuventus are reportedly considering making a move for Chelsea full-back Emerson PalmieriThe Blues had only signed Emerson from AS Roma last year in a £17.6m deal in a bid to bolster their defensive options.But the Italy international has made just 18 appearances at Chelsea since then and appears to have fallen completely out of favour under new coach Maurizio Sarri with not a single start in the Premier League this term.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.This comes in light of Marcos Alonso’s solid displays in the left-back position at Stamford Bridge, which saw Chelsea award him with a new five-year contract in October.Therefore, Emerson’s time in England is looking set to come to an end soon with Calcio Mercato claiming that Juventus would be interested in offering him a return to the Serie A.Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri is understood to be keen to find a backup option for Alex Sandro as they enter the second half of this season hoping to end their 22-year wait for Champions League glory.last_img read more

CocaCola sports patriotic design in celebration of USO partnership

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Coca-Cola is celebrating its 75 year partnership with the United Service Organizations with a new patriotic can.The limited edition design will be in stores through Independence Day .The new look honors the soldiers who protect our country and will have the words “I’m proud to be an American” on the can.The red, white and blue cans also promote a joint campaign with USO to send a million messages of support to US troops.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

IAF AN32 aircraft goes missing with 13 onboard plane took off from

first_imgIAF AN 32twitterAn Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft AN-32 goes missing after taking off from Jorhat, Assam at 12.25 pm on Monday, June 3.The IAF transport aircraft delayed for more than 2 hours in Mechuka airstrip known as the Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh with 8 crew members and 5 passengers on board.According to the reports, the aircraft last contacted ground sources at 1 pm after taking off from Jorhat airbase at 12:25 pm, reports ANI.The IAF has launched a search operation and has employed all available resources to locate the missing aircraft.last_img read more

Planning to visit India Pay 25 for 30day etourist visa

first_img Close Ladakh’s Pangong Lake attracts large number of tourists The move was to encourage tourists to visit India.ReutersTourism Minister Prahlad Patel on Tuesday, August 20, announced that the India government will now offer a 30-day e-tourist visa for a fee of $25 during the peak tourism season between July to March.News agency PTI reported that Patel also announced a 5-year e-tourist visa for a fee of $80 and 1-year visa for a fee of $40. “For Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka lean period visa fee will be $10 and $25 for 30 days, 1 year and 5 years,” the minister said.Patel further went on to say that during the off-season, which is from April to June, tourists will be able to get a 30-day e-visa for $10. Tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel.TwitterThe move was to encourage tourists to visit India. Patel was speaking at the inauguration of a meeting with the state government.Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke about Indian tourism and its stuttering economy. PM Modi said that every Indian should visit at least 15 domestic tourist destinations over the next three years to pump up domestic travel.last_img read more

Kelly undercuts Trumps wallbuilding claims

first_imgWhite House chief of staff John Kelly listens as US president Donald Trump hosts a `California Sanctuary State Roundtable` at the White House in Washington, US on 16 May. Photo: AFPOutgoing White House chief John Kelly said he had “nothing but compassion” for undocumented migrants crossing into the US and undercut the idea of a border wall in an interview published Sunday that jarred with president Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration.Speaking as a partial government shutdown entered a ninth day due to an impasse over Trump’s demands for funding of a wall at the US-Mexico border, Kelly told the Los Angeles Times: “To be honest, it’s not a wall.””The president still says ‘wall.’ Oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats,” Kelly said.”But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it,” he added.A former Marine general who led the military command responsible for Latin America, Kelly was Trump’s Homeland Security secretary before becoming White House chief of staff in July last year.His relationship with the president reportedly deteriorated however and he is to be replaced at the end of the year by Mick Mulvaney, the current budget director.”Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people,” Kelly told the LA Times, adding that many had been manipulated by traffickers.”I have nothing but compassion for them, the young kids.”The remarks were in sharp contrast to the rhetoric of the president who regularly appeals to his overwhelmingly white political base by taking a hard line on immigration.Pathetic immigration policiesTrump has spoken of an “invasion” of migrants and complained of “many gang members and some very bad people” among a thousands-strong caravan of immigrants that travelled to the US in October.Building a “wall” along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometre) US-Mexico frontier was a central plank of his 2016 election campaign, and he has tweeted about it almost 100 times this year alone.Migrants from Central America say they want to reach the US to escape poverty and gang violence.Trump has threatened to end aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, despite a State Department announcement on 18 December that the US was ready to offer $4.5 billion in investment in Central America and southern Mexico, and that the administration was requesting an additional $180 million in assistance to the region.On Saturday Trump blamed opposition Democrats “and their pathetic immigration policies” for the deaths of two Guatemalan children who crossed the border illegally with relatives who were taken into custody by US Border Patrol.In further comments departing with the stance taken by his boss, Kelly said the way to halt illegal immigration was to “stop US demand for drugs, and expand economic opportunity” in Central America.Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said on ABC’s “This Week” investment in Central America was one element of a “multi-faceted problem” that also requires funding border security.Wasting taxpayer dollarsHe called for a “sober-minded non-partisan look at our immigration laws” as part of the solution to an upsurge in family and child arrivals.”We’ve asked for about 1,000 miles of wall… And what we’re talking about is not just a dumb barrier,” McAleenan said.”We’re talking about censors, cameras, lighting, access roads for our agents, a system that helps us secure that area of the border.”The opposition Democrats are refusing to provide $5 billion for Trump’s border wall project and the president insists he will not fully fund the government unless he gets the money.As long as the debate holds up approval of a wider spending bill, about 800,000 federal employees are not getting salaries and non-essential parts of the government are unable to function.Kellyanne Conway, a close Trump advisor, said on “Fox News Sunday” that whether the border barrier was a “wall” or not was “a silly semantic argument,” adding that the president had already compromised, since he had originally asked for $25 billion.Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries agreed on ABC’s “This Week” that immigration reform and enhanced border security were needed.”But we are not willing to pay $2.5 billion or $5 billion and wasting taxpayer dollars on a ransom note because Donald Trump decided that he was going to shut down the government and hold the American people hostage,” he added.last_img

Cascade of Scandals at Gun Trace Task Force Trial

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFRORecently Mayor Catherine Pugh cited a lack of creativity within the Baltimore Police Department as one of her reasons for firing Commissioner Kevin Davis and replacing him with Darryl De Sousa.But, if there is one theme that has emerged from the trial of two of the officers of the now notorious Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), underway at the federal courthouse this week, is when it comes to stealing overtime, robbing residents and dealing drugs the officers of this once elite specialized unit exhibited boundless creativity.The Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). (Courtesy Photos)During hours of testimony from DEA agents, victims and the officers themselves, a picture is emerging of a unit of cops constantly applying new and ingenious ways to rip off taxpayers, shakedown innocent residents and enrich themselves without showing up to work.For example during testimony Jan. 29, GTTF member Jemell Rayam related how the unit, unsatisfied with robbing drug dealers during warrant searches turned to seeking out victims outside the scope of the police work.  To make it happen, Rayam and another member of the unit Momodu Gondo obtained a vehicle tracker from an unnamed Sergeant in the police department and affixed it to the car of a man who a friend told them had thousands of dollars of cash stashed in his apartment.When the tracking device pegged the victim far from home, the officers broke into the residence.The only problem, the victim’s girlfriend was lying in bed inside the apartment. Startled, officer Rayam said he pointed his gun, and gave an account of what he said to the terrified woman before stealing $12,000 in cash from a dresser drawer.“I could have told her I would kill her,” he said, adding that he also stole a Rolex watch and cocaine.The anecdote was one of many stories told on the stand by former GTTF members who have since pled guilty during the trial of their counterparts Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor.Both are charged with robbing residents, filing false reports, and extortion. The pair is also facing multiple counts of fraudulently obtaining overtime, which according to the testimony, was not just unfathomably easy, but accomplished with at the least tacit approval of command.Both Evodio Hendrix and Rayam told jurors that overtime was there for taking, even for days they didn’t work at all.  In fact, Hendrix testified that Hersl didn’t show up to work for nearly a month.“I was told Hersl took off for a whole month when he was working on his house,” Rayam told the jurors.“Was he getting paid?” Prosecutors asked.“I believe so, yes” Rayam replied.In fact, both he and Hendrix and another member of the unit who has pled guilty, Maurice Ward, said that if an officer confiscated a gun, the entire unit would receive up to eight hours of overtime.  And if one of their colleagues had to work late processing a suspect, the entire unit would go home but, would not clock out.“We came into work whenever we wanted to,” Rayam told the jury.  “We got away with a lot of things.”One question that has continued to loomed over the scandal-plagued department, that was in part answered during the proceedings, was just how this group officers broke the law regularly without intervention from their superiors.According to testimony from Hendrix, the unit’s supervisor Sergeant Wayne Jenkins met with then police Commissioner Kevin Davis in 2016 and recounted his conversation to him later. During the talk, Davis asked Jenkins how he was keeping the Task Force motivated.“He said he gave them overtime and slash days and the commissioner said, ‘good job.” Hendrix recalled.   “He told the commissioner he was giving overtime for guns.”But if there was any concern about the actions of the Task Force or attempts to rein them in, it wasn’t evident in their behavior.In fact, DEA agent Todd Edwards testified about a strange encounter he had with Jenkins in September 2016.During a stakeout of a suspected cocaine dealer in Upper Marlboro, Md., a D.C. suburb, someone knocked on the window of his vehicle.  When he opened the door, he was greeted by Jenkins, who told him he was pursuing the same target.“I said, why are you here? And he said, why are you here?” Edwards testified, noting that a Baltimore police officer does not have jurisdiction in Prince George’s county.When asked by prosecutors if it was unusual to encounter a city cop so far outside the city, he was unequivocal.“I found it unusual,” he said.   Asked if he’d ever experienced anything like it in his 25 years of drug enforcement, he equally emphatic tell the jury he had not.last_img read more

First Black Catholic Priest Moved Closer to Sainthood

first_imgBy AFRO Staff(Updated 06/16/2019) The Rev. Augustus Tolton, the first openly Black Catholic priest in the United States, is one step closer to becoming a Roman Catholic saint.On June 11, Pope Francis declared Tolton to be “venerable,” the second of a usually four-step path toward canonization. The Pope’s designation means Tolton lived a life of “heroic virtue,” according to the Archdiocese of Illinois, where he founded the first African-American parish in Chicago.This 1886 photo courtesy of the Brenner Library, Quincy University in Quincy, Ill., shows Quincy’s Father Augustine Tolton, following his ordination on Holy Saturday of that year. (Photo courtesy of Brenner Library, Quincy University via AP)“We welcome this news from the Holy Father on the advancement of Fr. Tolton’s cause for sainthood,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, in a statement. “Fr. Tolton’s holiness comes from his patient suffering, his brave spirit and his pastoral heart for all who came to him. His struggles to become a priest and his remarkable service to God’s People are admirable examples.” Tolton was born the son of slaves in Missouri in 1854. His father, Peter Tolton joined the Union Army in 1861. A few months later, his mother, Martha Jane, escaped with he and his siblings to Quincy, Ill. From early on, obtaining an education was a uphill battle for Tolton, simply because of his race. When no American seminary would accept him, he eventually enrolled in a seminary in Rome, where he was ordained in 1886. Tolton went on to the first African American Catholic parish in Chicago. After strenuous work among the city’s poor, Tolton died of heatstroke and uremia in 1897, at the age of 43.“Fr. Tolton’s story represents the long and rich history of African American Catholics, who have lived through troubling chapters and setbacks in our American history,” said Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, who has been championing Tolton’s canonization. “Lessons from his early life as a slave and the prejudice he endured in becoming a priest still apply today with our current problems of racial and social injustices and inequities that divide neighborhoods, churches and communities by race, class and ethnicity. His work isn’t done. We will continue to honor his life and legacy of goodness, inclusivity, empathy and resolve in how we treat one another.” Two other Black American Catholics ― Henriette Delille and Pierre Toussaint ― have been declared Venerable, but none have been declared saints.If a miracle is attributed to Tolton, he will be declared “Blessed,” the next requirement for sainthood. Lastly,  a second miracle may be required.last_img read more