European champions and current Premier League leaders Liverpool will look to end their Bramall Lane jinx when they face Sheffield United on Saturday (September 28). The Premier League 2019 Sheffield United vs Liverpool game will commence at 5 pm. Liverpool, who come to this match with a 2-1 win over Chelsea last week, will try to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Sheffield United, on the other hand, will eye to produce an all-round performance when they take on The Reds.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told reporter on Thursday, “It might turn into a back-10, or a back eleven. They’ve caused better sides than us untold problems in terms of the way they move the ball around the pitch, the way they attack at pace and with quality. Hopefully, they don’t show as much quality as they have done over the last two or three years that have got them results and success.” Wilder further added that his side shouldn’t be frightened by the European champions.Premier League 2019 Liverpool predicted line-up vs Sheffield United: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino.Premier League 2019 Sheffield United predicted line-up vs Liverpool: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McBurnie, RobinsonWhere to watch Premier League 2019 Sheffield United vs Liverpool live in India (TV channels)?Sheffield United will welcome Liverpool at 5:00 pm. The EPL 2019 Sheffield United vs Liverpool match will be played at Bramall Lane in Stadium in Sheffield, England. The Premier League Sheffield United vs Liverpool live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online EPL 2019 Sheffield United vs Liverpool live streaming?The Sheffield United vs Liverpool live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users. english premier leaguefootballliverpoolPL First Published: September 28, 2019, 12:05 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics In this case, because of their inferior quotient compared to the Tamaraws, the Tigers will have to play the Archers in a knockout game for the No. 4 seed.“As much as we’re happy with our record, which we achieved even with a young team, we would have wanted to have our fate in our hands,” said Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo in Filipino.Renzo Subido knocked down a contested triple from the corner and hit two free throws inside the final 1:36 as the Growling Tigers survived the Falcons’ late uprising and avenged their first-round loss.Rookie Mark Nonoy who keyed the third-quarter run that gave the Tigers a 10-point cushion heading into the final canto, finished with 17 points, while Soulemane Chabi Yo chipped in 16 points and 15 boards.“We were tight—all of us from the players and coaching staff,” said Ayo in explaining his team’s performance.“This is a learning experience for us and the players are still working on how to handle the pressure.”The Blue Eagles broke out of the gates hard and never looked back as they authored their most authoritative win of the season.Ange Kouame finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in just 23 minutes, while Thirdy Ravena tallied 15 points and four rebounds for Ateneo, which had 14 players scoring at least three points.It was another heavy defeat for the Bulldogs, whose once-promising season has turned out to be a nightmare after they suffered a fourth straight loss for a 2-11 record.The Bulldogs’ struggles were characterized by main man Dave Ildefonso, who was held to just two points after averaging 16.2 points in the first 12 games of the campaign. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin set the bar high for his two-time defending champion Blue Eagles that routine wins against inferior opposition hardly brought satisfaction in UAAP Season 82.But with another blowout victory that moved the Eagles to within a win of a 14-game elimination-round sweep on Saturday, the Kiwi-American mentor, for a change, was profuse in his praise for his team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I think in the last couple of weeks we’ve seen our team really transfer our work ethic from practice on to the court into the game,” said Baldwin after the Eagles walloped the National U Bulldogs, 88-51, for their most lopsided win this season.“That’s very gratifying as a coach. I think for two weeks in a row or two games in a row, we’ve come out with a great attitude and it’s been reflected in the way they played.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWhat may be satisfying for Baldwin could turn out to be bad news for those still in the running of toppling the Eagles, especially University of the Philippines, which now has the unenviable task of foiling Ateneo’s march to an outright finals berth on Wednesday.The Fighting Maroons (8-4) still have the De La Salle Green Archers (6-6) to worry about on Sunday in a game with big Final Four implications for both teams. Double victory Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 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Couple this with a UP loss to Ateneo on Sunday, and the Archers and the Maroons may find themselves in a playoff for the No. 4 seed.The worst case scenario for the Tigers is getting dragged into a three-way tie from third to fifth spots involving FEU and La Salle. This situation will come to the fore should UP beat Ateneo on Wednesday, FEU topples UE and La Salle sweeps its remaining games.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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Explosive batsman David Warner set a new Australian record for the most One-Day International centuries in a calendar year, surpassing Ricky Ponting by scoring 119 off 115 balls in the second match against New Zealand here on Tuesday. (Ton-up Warner sees Australia past New Zealand to clinch ODI series)Warner’s innings was his sixth ODI ton in 2016, continuing a remarkable run of form that has been bettered by just two men, crikcet.com.au reported. (Scorecard)Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar hit an incredible nine ODI centuries from 34 matches in 1998, while his former team-mate Sourav Ganguly’s seven centuries in 2000 came from 32 matches.Warner, now with six, sits joint third on the all-time list, in just 22 matches this year.Other men to post six ODI centuries in a calendar year include South Africa’s Gary Kirsten and Tendulkar, both in 1996, and Rahul Dravid in 1999.Warner’s ton from 101 balls, reached with a shot to mid-off in the 32nd over, took him above Australia’s all-time leading run scorer Ponting, and Matthew Hayden, who each scored five ODI hundreds in a calendar year.Warner’s expoits helped Australia reach 378/5 in the second match, after being sent in by New Zealand to bat, at the manuka Oval ground.Australia won the first ODI in Sydney in the three-match series.
Oil and gas major ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Petroleum have made a final investment decision to proceed with development of the Golden Pass LNG export project located in Sabine Pass, Texas. The companies said that the construction would begin in the first quarter of 2019 and that the facility was expected to start up in 2024.The USD 10+ billion liquefaction project will have capacity to produce around 16 million tons of LNG per year.Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil take “Final Investment Decision” to build a mega LNG export project in the USA#QP #QatarPetroleum #Qatar #USA #LNG #FIDhttps://t.co/488qgZQQ4B pic.twitter.com/KetkaD4sIk— Qatar Petroleum (@qatarpetroleum) February 5, 2019 Golden Pass awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contracts for the project to a joint venture of Chiyoda International Corporation, McDermott International Inc. and Zachry Group.The project will include three liquefaction trains, each approximately 5.2 million tons per year, as well as other associated utility systems, interconnections to the existing facility and the expansion of the facility’s storm protection levee system.It will utilize the existing infrastructure including five 155,000 m3 LNG storage tanks, two marine berths to accommodate the largest LNG carriers, and the existing 69-mile Golden Pass Pipeline system with access to U.S. markets.Golden Pass is part of ExxonMobil’s plans to invest over USD 50 billion over the next five years to build and expand manufacturing facilities in the U.S.Working interests in the Golden Pass LNG export project are 70 percent Qatar Petroleum and 30 percent ExxonMobil.
Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, are co-chairing the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London.This is the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject with over 100 NGO’s and international partners taking part alongside 48 Foreign Ministers and over 600 government delegates from 113 countries.“I have heard it asked this week, why this issue, why now?” said Angelina during the Summit’s second day. “Why, in a world of so many problems, are we all focussing on this one? Why does it matter?“Anyone who has met survivors and heard their stories knows that answer: We are here for the nine-year old girl in Uganda, kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery. We are here for the man in Bosnia, years after rape still stigmatised, unable to earn enough money to buy bread for his family. We are here for all the forgotten, hidden survivors who have been made to feel ashamed, or been abandoned, and for the children of rape.“We want the whole world to hear their stories, and understand that this injustice cannot be tolerated, and that sorrow and compassion are not enough.“As one woman told me yesterday – we’ve had enough of words. We want action.“Many brave men and women have been fighting to protect victims of warzone rape for years, and many are with us today. But we as an international community have never done enough to stop this abuse.“And we do survivors a disservice when they know we are aware but do nothing to hold perpetrators accountable.“Our outrage does not help the woman who walks into her attacker on the street – free as a bird, free to abuse others, because of this global culture of impunity.“And today, we have an opportunity to begin to change that.“My plea to you today, is to see both the individuals who have suffered, and the bigger picture: To think what we would each be prepared to do, as individuals, to prevent those we love from suffering – and apply that protective instinct to the world’s most vulnerable people. And to remember, looking at the sweep of history, that we do have the power to eradicate injustice, with political will and determination.“These crimes of sexual violence are bigger than any one conflict or national interest.“And for all the things we struggle to agree upon as nations, the abhorrence of rape cannot be one of them.“So I ask all the governments here today, to move from condemnation to action: To be ready to change and improve your laws so they offer proper protections; To write the prevention of sexual violence into the training of your militaries and police forces; To support and implement the new International Protocol, to drive up the number of prosecutions; And to fund the UN efforts and NGO projects that work with survivors to heal them emotionally and help them, help them to gain support and justice.“Warzone rape is a preventable crime. So our response must never again be that these things simply happen. It can never be, that peace is more important than justice – or that money is in short supply – or that there are other priorities.“I have heard some people say that we have set ourselves an impossible task. But the greater the problem the greater our determination should be.“Look around you, look at how many of us are here, at all the countries represented, and think of what we could accomplish together. Think of what difference we will make if we apply all the lessons learned at this summit, and bring to bear all your influence and expertise. Think of what that would mean for millions of people.“I am hopeful that we can unite on this issue – and I thank all the governments that have taken a stand by supporting our declaration and coming to London.“This Summit is a model for a new way of working together. And this single issue is now a centre point.“It is just the beginning. There are many crimes, abuses in all forms, that we must confront together.“But let us begin here – and let us expand from here.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Fort Nelson and the North Peace.The statement says this corner of the Province could see up to 50mm of rain by Wednesday night. The rain will start after thunderstorm activity ends on Tuesday night. An intense band of rain will develop between Fort Nelson and Fort St. John with anywhere from 30 to 50 mm of rain possible.See the full statement below 6:53 AM PDT Tuesday 23 July 2019Special weather statement in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverAfter the thunderstorm activity dies off tonight, an intense band of rain develops somewhere between Fort Nelson and Fort St John and extends west to the Rockies. Heavy showers will bring 30 to 50 mm of rain by Wednesday night and possibly locally higher amounts.At this time, the location, and amounts expected are uncertain and rainfall warnings may be issued later if necessary.Please continue to monitor forecasts and alerts issued by Environment Canada.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.
Washington: Chinese infrastructure and connectivity projects around the world have an element of “national security” and are less of an economic offer for host countries, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as Beijing is gearing to host the second Belt and Road Forum. The One Belt One Road OBOR, also called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is a multi-billion dollar project focused on improving connectivity and cooperation among countries in Asia, Africa, China and Europe. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Pompeo Thursday told a Washington audience that China poses security threat to the US, its friends and allies. “They’re moving into the South China Sea is not because they want freedom of navigation. Their efforts to build ports around the world aren’t because they want to be good shipbuilders and stewards of waterways, but rather they have a state national security element to each and every one of them,” Pompeo said in conversation with Rich Lowry at the National Review Institute’s 2019 Ideas Summit. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is no different, he asserted. “We’ve said this every place we’ve gone, every if you talk to any of our ambassadors or our charges, they will tell you we are happy to compete on a fair, transparent basis under rule of law with the Chinese anywhere in the world. We’ll win more than our fair share, but we’ll lose some to them too, he said. “But when you’re showing up with a non-economic offer, whether that’s through state-facilitated, below-market pricing or handing someone something knowing that you can foreclose on their nation shortly, so predatory lending practices, that’s not straight and we are working diligently to make sure everyone in the world understands that threat,” Pompeo said. India has been raising concern over the BRI’s China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it is being built through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The 3,000-km CPEC is aimed at connecting China and Pakistan with rail, road, pipelines and optical fibre cable networks. India too cautioned specially the neighbouring countries about debt traps. Apprehensions over the huge loans grew after China acquired Sri Lanka’s strategic Hambantota port on a 99-year lease as a debt swap. The world is waking up to this threat, the US secretary of State said. “I think Asia and Southeast Asia in particular are waking up to this risk, and I hope the State Department can continue to be a part of making sure that they see that, identify it, and that it becomes more difficult for the Chinese to engage in these practices,” Pompeo said. Pompeo’s comments came as China is getting ready to hold the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) next month. India boycotted the first BRF meet held in 2017 as Beijing went ahead with the CPEC with Pakistan. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told an annual media briefing here this month that the BRF meeting to be held in April would be bigger that that in 2017 with more international participation. Wang refuted the criticism from the US, India and several other countries that the BRI is driving smaller countries in debt traps. The BRI is not a “debt trap” that some countries may fall into but an “economic pie” that benefits local population, Wang claimed.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market gave up early solid gains to close lower Friday as traders increasingly nervous about the future of the eurozone reduced exposure ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend.Facebook’s debut as a public company had helped overshadow news out of Europe, at least temporarily.Facebook started trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market with great fanfare late in the morning and an initial public offering price of US$38. It closed at US$38.23 after going as high as US$45.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 50.04 points to 11,280.64 as prices for oil and copper hit fresh multi-month lows and worries about eurozone banks pushed bank stocks lower. The TSX Venture Exchange was off 0.2 of a point to 1,227.88.The pessimistic mood on markets sent the TSX tumbling 3.54% this week, leaving the market about 1,000 points or 8.5% just from the beginning of this month to its lowest level since last October.[np-related]The Toronto Stock Exchange is closed for holiday Monday, but U.S. markets are open.The Canadian dollar lost ground amid lower commodities and data that showed that inflation was slightly higher in April.The commodity-sensitive loonie lost 0.17 of a cent to 97.96 US cents as Statistics Canada said that Canada’s annual inflation rate rose to two% in April, from 1.9% the previous month.The loonie has lost about three and a half US cents this month as tension over Greece sent traders to the safe haven status of U.S. Treasuries and away from riskier assets such as commodities and resource-based currencies such as the Canadian dollar.“Certainly, there is a very high level of uncertainty that continues to be manifested in extremely high cash levels,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“I think a lot of people feel that (they’re) only getting a% in cash and that’s fully taxable. So yes, (they’re) losing ground against inflation but maybe (they feel) that is the best option given what else is going on.”U.S. markets were negative at the end of a bruising week.The Dow industrials dropped 73.11 points to 12,369.38.The Nasdaq composite index declined 34.9 points to 2,778.79 and the S&P 500 index faltered by 9.64 points to 1,295.22.The energy sector maintained a gain of 0.2% as the June crude contract gave up early gains to move down US$1.08 to US$91.48, its lowest level since the end of October. Canadian Natural Resources gained 19 cents to $29.95.And the June bullion contract was ahead US$17 to US$1,591.90 after hitting its lowest close since last July on Wednesday. The TSX global gold sector ran up about 0.75% and Agnico Eagle Mines rose 36 cents to $36.97.But the base metals component gave back 0.4% as July copper dipped one cent to US$3.47 a pound, levels last seen in January. HudBay Minerals climbed 16 cents to $8.38 while Teck Resources lost 60 cents to $29.45.Worries about eurozone banks sent the financials sector down 0.82%. Royal Bank fell 26 cents to $51.70.Investors Group, which is part of IGM Financial and the Power group of companies, says it will reduce the management fees it charges on many of its products, starting in July. Investors Group will reduce its management fees by up to 0.4% per year and adds the reductions will affect about two-thirds of the funds it offers. IGM shares slipped $1.11 to $40.45.There were plenty of negative developments in the eurozone to fret over at the end of the trading week.Ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services downgraded 16 Spanish banks Thursday as they face a rising tide of bad loans linked to Spain’s recession, a gloomy real estate market and high unemployment.Spain’s central bank said Friday that the level of bad loans on the books of the country’s banks has risen to an 18-year high.The nervousness about Spain’s banks comes as the eurozone financial crisis intensifies. Political turmoil in Greece has increased the likelihood that it could leave the 17-country monetary union, a move that could have ripple effects throughout Europe and the world’s financial markets. Greeks go back to the polls June 17 after an election May 6 proved inconclusive.There are concerns that parties campaigning for an end to the austerity measures that secured vital bailouts will be in a stronger position after the vote.Depositors have also been pulling their funds out of Greek banks. People fear the country’s financial sector might collapse if Greece left the eurozone and that their savings would become worthless if the country started using a substantially devalued new currency, such as the drachma.“People are getting pretty nervous,” added Gorman, “because if a new Greek government were to determine that they’re not going to be part of the (eurozone) going forward, and hence don’t use the currency, well how much would a new drachma be worth? So people are withdrawing euros.”
Addressing the group, Rose-Medee Dusenge said: “UNHCR will do its best to rapidly transfer those of you willing to move to Gasorwe camp.”The refugees unanimously agreed to join the 6,000 inhabitants of the camp, located well away from the Congolese-Burundian border, until the fighting and tensions ease in their home area in the Ruzizi plain of South Kivu.The number of those who could be immediately transferred was limited by the 134 seats available. Another 98 people had been moved several days earlier.”Widows and elderly go first, followed by people with large families,” Ms. Dusenge told them. The remaining 43 families, totalling more than 200 individuals, would have to catch the convoy planned for next week, she said.None of the new refugees are wounded or suffering major health problems, but will be quarantined for a week because cases of cholera have been reported in the area from which they came.While refugees are leaving some areas of South Kivu because of fighting, security conditions in other parts of the region, such as Fizi and Uvira, have recently improved enough to motivate many Congolese refugees to head home from Tanzania. UNHCR has begun assisting their return so as to ensure that they reach their destination safely and it is also operating reintegration programmes.Burundi is hosting as many as 30,000 Congolese refugees, about 8,000 of them in two refugee camps and the others in urban areas.
The cuts were triggered by lower than expected revenue from the Motor Fuel Tax, which is used to support the department’s maintenance workers and stations. Five operator positions were cut from DOT&PF’s Central Region in addition to the camp closure. Motorists may notice reduced service in these evening and early morning hours, however, the department will approve extended working hours to respond to winter storms, according to the release. The closure of the camp and reduced number of heavy equipment operators will have an impact on the hours of snow and ice removal through Turnagain Pass, as well. Instead of two 10-hour shifts, Crown Point and Girdwood will cover the Silver Tip region from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Facebook2,018TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is announcing the closure of the Silver Tip Maintenance Station, located at the junction of the Seward and Hope highways, according to a release from DOT issued on Wednesday. Operators from Silver Tip maintenance camp covered the Seward Highway through Turnagain Pass. The duties will now be split between Girdwood Maintenance station and Crown Point (just south of Moose Pass).
Now playing: Watch this: 1 Mobile Tech Industry Internet 2:50 Share your voice Comment Opensignal found that the fastest speeds were in the North and Northeast, rather than “the tech hubs of the West Coast.” Corinne Reichert/CNET Want the fastest mobile download speeds possible? Move to Cleveland.On networks in the 50 largest US cities, mobile analytics company Opensignal found that Cleveland provided about double the speeds of Oklahoma City, which came in last: 32.8 megabits per second versus 16.9Mbps. The top five fastest cities were Cleveland, Minneapolis, New York, Detroit and Pittsburgh, while the bottom five were Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; Riverside, California; San Antonio; and Oklahoma City. For its latest report, the company looked at smartphone users’ experiences on mobile networks from January through March of this year. State by state, Opensignal found that the fastest speeds were in the North and Northeast, rather than “the tech hubs of the West Coast.””California, home to both Silicon Valley and the movie industry, ranked just 19th in download speed experience while Washington state, home to Amazon and Microsoft’s HQs, ranked 16th,” the company noted Friday.Mobile speeds state by state Opensignal The fastest state was New Jersey, with speeds of almost 33Mbps, while bottom-ranked Mississippi is averaging speeds of just 12Mbps. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, Minnesota and North Dakota were also highly ranked.On latency — the time it takes to load web pages using mobile networks — the top five major US cities were Baltimore, New York, Washington, Dallas and Philadelphia. The cities with the slowest latency were New Orleans; Kansas City; Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky; and Memphis, Tennessee, according to the report.With 5G coming in now, Opensignal said its next report will show exactly what difference the new networks make to download speeds.”Carriers will find it hard to sell 5G services unless 5G offers a better mobile network experience,” it said.Earlier this week CNET tested Sprint’s 5G speeds, and earlier this month, Verizon’s 5G speeds. AT&T’s 5G network is also live, while the first signs of T-Mobile’s 5G network in New York have appeared. Tags Is 5G coming to a city near you? 5G
Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of a ‘Naya Pakistan’, which had appealed to many of the younger, middle class Pakistani voters, has foundered due to the country’s acute financial crisis, even as the powerful military establishment continues to retain dominant influence over foreign and security issues, a US Congressional report has said. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The report — Pakistan’s Domestic Political Setting — has been prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The report prepared for US lawmakers by the bipartisan Congressional Research Service says Khan, who had been a cricket superstar, “jet-setting playboy”, and philanthropist, has been a “vehement critic of the US in the past and is viewed by some as sympathetic towards Islamist militants”. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us On the 2018 elections that catapulted Khan to victory and ended the reign of the two dynastic parties – Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the report said: “Many analysts contend that Pakistan’s security services covertly manipulated the country’s domestic politics before and during the election with a central motive of (again) removing Nawaz Sharif from power and otherwise weakening his incumbent party.” Advertise With Us “A purported ‘military-judiciary nexus’ allegedly came to favour Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). Election observers and human rights groups issued statements pointing to sometimes ‘severe’ abuses of democratic norms, and the unprecedented participation of small parties with links to banned Islamist terrorist groups was seen to embolden militants (Islamist parties won a combined 10 per cent of the national vote in 2018),” it said. On Nawaz Sharif’s victory in 2013, it said that the PML-N party’s “historic mandate was a Punjabi one” as more than 90 per cent of the party’s NA seats were from that province, where his brother Shehbaz was Chief Minister”. The report also termed Sharif’s removal from power in 2017 and his being barred from holding office by the Supreme Court for alleged corruption as a “soft coup” orchestrated by the military. On Pakistan Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, it said that he was a “key judge in the 2017 disqualification of then-Prime Minister Sharif, and has led the Supreme Court since January 2019”.
.A three-member BNP delegation, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Friday met US ambassador to Bangladesh, Earl R Miller, and discussed various issues relating to the 11th national election, reports UNB.The one-hour-and-a-half-hour meeting that began at 10:00am was held at the US envoy’s residence.The two other BNP delegation members are BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and executive committee member Tabith Awal.However, there was no briefing from either side about the meeting.A BNP leader close to Fakhrul said the BNP delegation informed the US envoy about their party’s observations over the election and various ‘irregularities’.He said the BNP team also provided Miller with various documents, including paper cuttings and video clips, on ‘election irregularities and vote fraud’.Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its alliance partners faced a serious defeat in Sunday’s general election as they got only seven seats out of 298 in the 30-December election which came to talks for irregularities and rigging.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X – / 4It’s a question many parents face: Where to turn for child care?There are day care centers, but some parents go the nanny route. And as we’ve found, some of those parents are surprised to discover it’s an unregulated industry in the state of Texas.Emma Robinson is working mother of two. Her family uses a day care, but the center runs on the Houston school schedule.“My husband and I work full time, and we don’t have enough vacation days to take off every day they close,” she explained. So for backup care, they hired a nanny to come to their home. It was mostly fine, but one day Emma says their younger daughter apparently fell from her high chair, scraping her face.Emma was worried and started looking for just who regulates nannies.“I was really surprised to find that CPS couldn’t do anything. That’s where I first turned to… thinking they protect children,” she said.Emma learned that the state agency, that includes Child Protective Services, doesn’t regulate nannies in private homes. She then turned to law enforcement, but got nowhere.“We’re stuck because I’m basically in a corner where nobody can help me…. And I think it’s really important for Texas to regulate nannies,” she said. “I fear that nothing is going to change in this issue until something terrible happens.”Emma said it appeared to her that nanny agencies are, basically, self-regulating.“They’re the gatekeepers,” Emma said. “That, to me, is scary.”But some nanny agencies say they do aggressively self-regulate.Michelle LaRowe is the Executive Director at Morningside Nannies, an agency in Houston. She says their rigorous, self-imposed regulations mean that only two of every ten prospective nannies pass screening tests.“Because there’s no regulations in place, we choose to set ourselves to the higher standard,” LaRowe said. “Someone who has been in this industry for more than half of my life, I have seen the good, I have seen the bad, I have seen the ugly.”So has Chioma Johnson. She is a child care licensing supervisor at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. “Even in day care center, and a daycare home, things happen, but there’s also regulation. And there’s at least someone to come in, and investigate, and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” she explained. “In a nanny situation, all you have is the law and the law is written very loosely…. But typically when things change, it’s because something happened…. That would be the only way I can see regulation happening for nanny agencies.”Christina Triantaphyllis is the Chief Officer of Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives at Collaborative for Children, a non-profit that advocates for kids. She says she hasn’t seen any good data or reports on the state of nannies in Texas, and analysis would be an important step before implementing regulations.“Understanding where the gaps are that this regulation would be filling would be a good place to start,” she said. “What are nannies experiencing, and what would they need to function and provide a better service? And what parents, who look for nannies or who use nannies, see as the big gaps?”Chioma Johnson, with the state agency, says no matter what type of care you choose: be vigilant.“You have to ask questions. You can’t take things for face-value, now with your child,” she said. “Ask if you have first aid, CPR training. What type of training do you have? What type of background do you have?”Johnson also recommends asking for references, background checks, and checking how thorough the nanny agency’s background checks are. She says it’s also helpful to ask for a nanny agency’s plan-of-action, for when issues arise.“Do they have training in child abuse and neglect, how to recognize child abuse, and how to report it?” Johnson asked.Emma, the mother of two, is concerned that a nanny’s negligent behavior might not be revealed in a routine background check. She’s worried what it will take to bring change. “Some horrible thing will have to happen for lawmakers to take notice,” she said. “And it shouldn’t’ have to be that way. We should be able to make these changes proactively and look and say this is not safe.”Click here for Collaborative for Children’s child care search tool. The group has also compiled a list of steps and a checklist when searching for child care providers (some, of which, can also be applied to nannies).Care.com has compiled a comprehensive list of nanny-specific questions; even a list of questions you are not allowed to ask.Click here for the state database of licensed child care operations. And while nannies in private homes are not licensed, the state of Texas regulates the child care operations that are on this list. State officials recommend utilizing regulated care, and have more information and tips here.According to Collaborative for Children, only 4% of Harris County child care centers are nationally accredited by the main accrediting bodies. Texas Rising Star is a voluntary state quality rating and improvement system for child care providers. 00:00 /03:42 Share
Tornados happen in many places, but because of its unique geography, the U.S. has more than any other country—mainly due to the lack of a large mountain dividing east and west. There has been speculation recently, that global warming is causing more tornados to occur—though it has also been suggested it only seems that way because of how quickly information about tornadic events disseminates in the modern era. The trio at NOAA decided to let hard facts tell the story. They collected weather data from the national storm database, which goes back to 1954, to see if they could coax out any patterns (they only included tornados at least as strong as an F1).As it turns out, the trio did find a pattern, they say the data shows very clearly that the U.S. actually has a trend of having fewer days in which there is a tornado over the past two decades—that’s the good news. The bad news is that on days when there is a tornado, there are more than there used to be. The data shows that back in the 1970’s there were just .6 days a year that had 30 or more tornados—after the turn of the century, that number had risen to 3 days per year. Curiously, the numbers suggest that the country still experiences on average, the same number of tornadoes each year, approximately 1,200—they’re just spread out differently. They also noted that the beginning and end of the tornado “season” in recent years has fluctuated more wildly than the years prior to that.The researchers cannot say of course why the spread of tornados has changed in the U.S., though some might suggest it’s due to global warming or even changes in atmospheric conditions in parts of the country due to pollution or other unknown factors. What is clear, is that something is causing a change, and there is now evidence of it, providing a path for moving forward for better understanding what is really going on. Magazine reporting below average numbers of tornados in 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Image: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Wikimedia Journal information: Science More information: Science 17 October 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6207 pp. 349-352. DOI: 10.1126/science.1257460 © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Data shows fewer tornado days in U.S. but more per event over past couple decades (2014, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-tornado-days-event-couple-decades.html Explore further A trio of researches with the U.S.’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that though there are fewer total days per year when tornados occur in the U.S., the number that occur on days when there are tornados has increased over the past couple of decades. In their paper published in the journal Science, Harold Brooks, Gregory Carbin and Patrick Marsh describe how they studied weather data over the past half century and what they found when looking for trends.
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of an elderly woman and her daughter whose charred bodies were found inside their apartment in Dum Dum on Friday evening.Police said the victims, identified as Dipti Mukherjee (72) and her daughter Sathi Mukherjee (54) were alone in the flat when the incident happened. Police suspect after preliminary investigation that fire from the gas cylinder led to their death but it is yet to be discovered as to how the charred bodies reached the bedroom. The police have initiated an unnatural death case in this connection and are trying to find out the exact reason. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA police officer said that a plumber, who was working in another flat, noticed smoke billowing out of the victims’ flat on the first floor of a multi-storeyed building in the housing complex. The incident took place at around 5.30 pm on Friday. He informed others and the state Fire and Emergency Service department was contacted. Fire fighters reached the spot and broke open the door of the flat to find the charred bodies. The bodies have been sent for an autopsy. Police came to know that three persons — Sathi, her husband and her mother — used to live in the flat. Sathi’s husband was not in the flat when theincident took place.
Travelweek Group Share Tuesday, June 13, 2017 GENEVA — Growth in premium passenger traffic has exceeded its economy counterpart in many key markets in the past year, according to the latest stats from IATA.IATA’s Airlines Financial Monitor for May 2017 shows premium airfares have generally held up better than those in the economy cabin. In only two of the main premium markets (Europe – Asia and North and Mid Pacific) are premium fares underperforming economy. Premium traffic accounted for 27.2% of total passenger revenues in Q1 2017, up from 26.4% a year ago.Overall, global passenger volumes grew by 10.7% in year-on-year terms in April – the fastest pace in six years, said IATA.Global airline share prices performed strongly in May, surging 7.8% to be up more than 20% over the past year. Gains were observed in all three regions (North America, Asia Pacific and Europe), but European airline shares led the way again this month, with a 14.3% rise.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe latest financial results for Q1 provide further evidence of the squeeze on airline profit margins, reflecting higher costs and weak yields. Industry-wide free cash flow also eased in Q1, compared with the outcome in Q1 2016.The fall in oil prices in April extended into May and despite some recovery, the monthly average price fell almost 4%. Jet fuel prices behaved in a similar fashion and were down 5.6% for the month overall, said IATA.Passenger yields remain 3-5% lower than a year ago amidst ongoing signs that the downward trend in yields of the past three years may have bottomed. Strong premium class traffic fuelling growth for airlines: IATA Posted by Tags: IATA, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >>
First-time homebuyers accounted for only about one-third of home sales in the last year as young adults continue to struggle to get a foothold in the market, according to a report from a major housing group.In its annual survey of homebuyers and sellers, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that only about 33 percent of home purchases in the last year were made by first-time buyers, down from 38 percent in last year’s survey and the long-term average of 40 percent.The last time the share of first-time buyers was this low was 1987, when they accounted for just 30 percent of home sales, NAR said.The association’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, pointed to many of the frequently cited reasons why young Americans are staying on the sidelines, including increasing living costs and high debts.”Rising rents and repaying student loan debt makes saving for a downpayment more difficult, especially for young adults who’ve experienced limited job prospects and flat wage growth since entering the workforce,” Yun said.Those aren’t the only issues would-be homeowners have had to deal with in recent years. According to NAR, 47 percent of first-time buyers in the latest survey said the mortgage application and approval process was more difficult than expected, a result of a more heavily regulated and risk-averse lending environment.For first-time buyers, the median down payment was 6 percent, less than half the median for repeat buyers. Nearly a quarter of first-time buyers said saving for that initial payment was a major hurdle, with more than half of that group citing student debt as a challenge.In addition to tapping into their own savings to make a down payment, 26 percent of first-time buyers said they received a gift from friends or relatives, while 6 percent took a loan from them.The vast majority—93 percent—of entry-level buyers opted for a fixed-rate mortgage, NAR reported, with 35 percent financing their home purchase through low down payment mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). That figure was down from 39 percent last year, partly due to rising insurance premiums.”FHA premiums are too high in relation to default rates and have likely dissuaded some prospective first-time buyers from entering the market,” Yun said. “To put it in perspective, 56 percent of first-time buyers used a FHA loan in 2010. The current high mortgage insurance added to their monthly payment is likely causing some young adults to forgo taking out a loan.” First-Time Buyer Share Hits 27-Year Low in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News November 4, 2014 548 Views Credit Standards FHA First-Time Homebuyers National Association of Realtors 2014-11-04 Tory Barringer Share
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