127 extremist-related incidents in Manipur in 2018: officials

first_imgThe Manipur police has claimed that the number of extremist-related incidents declined in the State in the year 2018 when compared to the previous years. A statement issued by the PRO of Manipur police, W. Basu Singh on Monday said 127 insurgency-related incidents were reported in the State in the year 2018, while in 2017 it was 167 and 233 in the year 2016. It said the State police, along with security personnel deployed in the State, had arrested 404 extremists from various places in the State in the year 2018. The statement claimed the State police and the security forces have been taken up proactive counter-insurgency measures which led to a decline in the number of extremist-related incidents.last_img read more

CWG scam may rock Parliament today

first_imgParliament is set to witness a full-blooded spectre on Wednesday when Manmohan Singh’s government would try and defend – what the Opposition has successfully portrayed as – the “indefensible”. The blip from sports minister Ajay Maken, blaming the NDA regime for appointing Suresh Kalmadi as the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman, has snowballed into a no- holds- barred debate in both Houses.A visibly cornered government was continually at the receiving end on Tuesday.Not merely because a disgraced Kalmadi is already cooling his heels in Tihar Jail, but also since the Opposition’s onslaught, backed by the CAG report and other documentary evidences, looked scathingly credible.In the Rajya Sabha, BJP veteran Arun Jaitley went for the kill and said the entire government brass, including the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), looked the other way as Kalmadi hijacked the conduct of the Games.The OC, Jaitley said, was intended to be a government entity, or at least a government- supported body, but Kalmadi got it registered as a private society.”This completed the hijack and the objections of sports ministers (Sunil Dutt, Mani Shankar Aiyar and M. S. Gill) were ignored. The Prime Minister overruled everyone, even a recommendation of the GoM, and allowed the OC to become Kalmadi’s personal fiefdom,” he said.The BJP leader demanded that the government must identify the source from where Kalmadi drew his immense powers, and pointed out that the Pune MP had claimed to be appointed as the OC chief after a series of meetings with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.advertisement”The political heads of the government of India and Delhi are accountable to the country through Parliament. The government never took the House into confidence and presented a twisted version of the facts on this monumental fraud,” Jaitley added.Speaking for the government, Rashid Alvi (Congress) presented a feeble defence and blamed the CAG for exceeding its brief by commenting on policy matters and the appointment of Kalmadi. This led to an uproar in the House with CPM’s Prasanta Chatterjee regretting the practice of constantly attacking the CAG.The CPI’s D. Raja wouldn’t settle for describing the conduct of the Games as anything less than a “financial loot” of taxpayers’ money. “If there are skeletons in the cupboards, all should come out. The PMO had a crucial role in appointing Kalmadi and, therefore, the PM should personally respond to all this,” he said.Raja said the estimates of organising the CWG went up from Rs 1,200 crore to Rs 18,532 by 2010. “The then finance minister (P. Chidambaram) should explain this financial loot,” he added.The Opposition said heads must roll, and identified Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit as the one who must instantly go. Their other demand was that nothing less than a Supreme Court- monitored CBI probe can take the lid off the wrongdoings.In the Lok Sabha, the BJP’s Yashwant Sinha said the PM failed to act against Kalmadi despite complaints by at least two sports ministers and senior officials. ” Kalmadi could have been removed any time over the years ( from 2004 to 2010),” he said.More trouble seems to be in store for Sheila DikshitDelhi Lokayukta, Justice Manmohan Sarin, has sought the latest CAG report to explore if a case can be made out on the basis of the report, which indicted the CM. The move gains significance since the Opposition has been demanding Dikshit’s resignation on corruption charges related to the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery (almost) confirms he hopes for Denis Suarez deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery (almost) confirms he hopes for Denis Suarez dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery could not rule out the arrival of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez after their FA Cup win at Blackpool.Emery was pushed by reporters about a move for the Spaniard.He began, “I don’t know. “I think the club is working for the possibility to bring in some players who can help us during this next four months of competition. It’s a different situation. If the transfer market can help us find a centre back, the possibility to bring them in is not easy because we also have Mavropanos coming back from injury. “If we have the possibility to sign some important players, we can do it. At left or right wing, perhaps one player can help us in this position. We will only sign players who give us quality. “He was playing as a left or right winger for Sevilla when he was with me.” last_img read more

Montreal isnt properly following Quebecs flag protocol complainants

first_imgMONTREAL – There’s a flap in Montreal over the Quebec flag.Two Montrealers are accusing the city of violating rules set out in provincial legislation that state the Fleur-de-lis should have “precedence over any other flag or emblem” and be displayed in certain designated places.A lawyer for the two retired Montreal journalists championing the cause says legal action could ensue if the city fails to act.Lawyer Hugo Vaillancourt said he and his clients looked further into the matter after they approached him.“We did an analysis to know whether Montreal was respecting the laws,” said Vaillancourt. “What we found was that there were numerous infractions in the city.”Vaillancourt said one obvious violation was the absence of the Quebec flag from Montreal’s council chamber.He says the Fleur-de-lis was also missing from several recent official events involving dignitaries and that the order of the three flags that fly in front of city hall is incorrect.“According to our interpretation (of the law), that means for Montreal’s city hall, when there are three flags displayed, the Quebec one must be in the middle,” Vaillancourt said.On Thursday, the Canadian flag was flying in the middle with the Quebec and City of Montreal flags flanking it. In contrast, the Quebec flag is on the middle pole outside city hall in Quebec City.The provincial Justice Department confirmed it sent a letter to Montreal’s director general last January outlining the fact that rules weren’t being followed.A letter provided by the department written by deputy justice minister France Lynch noted the flag wasn’t displayed during official events.“Allow me to remind you of the importance of complying with the protocol,” Lynch wrote.A city spokesman said it has taken note of the government’s correspondence and that the policy is under review.“We are currently analyzing the different historical and legal elements related to flag etiquette,” Gonzalo Nunez said in an email. “The city’s flag policy dates back to 1996, so the current administration has pursued the policy of previous administrations.”Vaillancourt said other municipalities might also be flouting the rules, but it would require further investigation.In the case of Montreal, a formal notice letter has been drafted and will be fired off if nothing changes.“It’s a reminder that Montreal is in the province of Quebec and it must respect the Quebec law,” said Vaillancourt. “It’s not up to a municipal official to make distinctions to the law where there aren’t any.”last_img read more

Most Of UConns Games This Season Were Over At Halftime

Mike Pesca knows just how dominant Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has been this year. He lamented recently on Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast (around 49 minutes in) that every time he tuned in to a UConn game while working out at the gym this season, usually with 10 minutes left on the clock, the game was already effectively over.By just how much have the Huskies been draining the drama out of Pesca’s workouts? A lot, and by a whole lot more than their predecessors did.At halftime of the average UConn game this year, the Huskies were winning by 25 points. That’s staggering — so staggering that it blows away four of the best teams in recent history: the last four UConn teams, which all reached the Final Four. The last two won the title. Those two championship teams averaged halftime leads of a mere 20 points; the Huskies’ average halftime lead was even lower in the two years before that.By five and a half minutes into the second half, this year’s UConn team averaged a lead of more than 32 points, compared to less than 26 points last year and 24 points or less in the prior three seasons. (Just four teams other than UConn this year beat opponents by more than 20 points per game. And that was their margin at the end of games, not soon after halftime.)But at that 5:30 mark we begin to see a dip. At that point, the ultracompetitive Huskies showed a tiny fraction of mercy. If they’d carried on at the same rate for the whole game, they’d have won by an average of 51 points. Instead they won by only 42 points per game. By the time Pesca was tuning in, UConn led by an average of 35 points. (This is all based on data provided by ESPN Stats & Information, supplemented with play-by-plays from the UConn website.)We also looked at the data another way: How often this season was UConn, say, trailing? Or winning by 40 points?The Huskies established dominance early: By six and a half minutes into their games this year, they were tied or trailing just once. And they led for the entire second half in most games, though Stanford tied things up in regulation and then dealt UConn its only loss, back in November. More than half the time, UConn led by at least 30 points two minutes into the second half. That all adds up to lots of minutes of Mike Pesca doing bicep curls with dull basketball on in the background.This doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s UConn team is the best UConn team of the last five years. The school shifted to the American Athletic Conference two seasons ago from the Big East, which has made for easier conference games and more blowouts. And the previous seasons’ stats include NCAA tournament games, some of which were close — though many were also blowouts.Even so, it’d take a whole lot of NCAA tournament drama to undo all the meaningless second halves the Huskies have played so far this year. Our forecast currently gives them a 74 percent chance of winning the title, before they’ve played their first game. That doesn’t leave much room for nail-biters.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio States win against Wisconsin

Columbus, it’s time to party like it’s 2002. Well, almost time at least. Your Buckeyes still have to beat Michigan next weekend to cap off the program’s first undefeated season since 2002, when the Scarlet and Gray won 14 games and the national championship.  The 2002 squad was notorious for squeaking out wins in close games, and Ohio State seems intent on honoring that team’s 10-year anniversary with an eerily similar season. In 2002 and 2012 OSU entered the season ranked outside the top 10 and was largely an afterthought when talking about the nation’s top teams. Yet week after week they won, sometimes convincingly, but more often by prevailing in nail biters. Such was the case again on Saturday, as OSU overcame Wisconsin in overtime, 21-14. The Buckeyes almost took its connection with the 2002 season too far on Saturday, as the coaching staff channeled its inner “Tressel ball.” It was surprising to see first-year coach Urban Meyer’s staff call such a conservative game. And it was even more shocking how it went about doing it. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller never got it going as a runner, but the staff seemed intent on making it happen for the Heisman hopeful. Miller averaged just 2.1 yards while receiving a team-high 23 carries. Meanwhile, junior running back Carlos Hyde averaged 5.8 yards per touch, yet only carried the ball 15 times. Hyde received eight carries on first down, and averaged 6.5 yards on those attempts. Miller averaged less than three yards on his 12 first-down carries. It was as if the coaching staff was trying to jam a square peg into a round hole, with a circular block lying right beside it. OSU’s inability to move the ball forward on first down set up many third-and-long situations. As a result, it punted a season-high nine times. Had Hyde received just a few more first-down touches, that number could have dropped dramatically. But thanks to some superb defense, clutch special teams, timely offensive production and a little bit of luck, OSU was still able to come away with the win. Just like in 2002. Put a fork in it OSU’s undefeated season is still intact, but the same can’t be said for Miller’s Heisman candidacy. Though he’s had a spectacular season, it was always unlikely that Miller would walk away with college football’s most coveted individual award. There was simply too much working against the sophomore. He plays on a team ineligible for postseason play, in a weak conference against a weaker schedule. Still, there was an outside chance that Miller could receive a late surge with statement performances against Wisconsin and Michigan. He effectively ended that hope with a clunker on Saturday, throwing for a season-low 97 yards while looking lost running the football. Surprisingly enough OSU still has a chance to win the Associated Press national title, which not long ago seemed more of a long shot than Miller winning the Heisman. The Buckeyes still need plenty of help to be chosen as the AP’s top team. Without a bowl game it will be out of sight, out of mind after next weekend, and that will hurt its cause. Not to mention there will be a definitive winner in a game designed to crown a national champion. Yes, OSU has to hope for chaos. But chaos is the name of the game in college football, especially in November. Last night alone the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams, Kansas State and Oregon, lost when they were heavily favored to win. There’s still plenty of November football to be played, with the possibility of more contenders falling at the hands of underdogs. Is it likely to happen? No, but it’s certainly possible. And just the fact that we are mentioning OSU and national championship in the same breath this season is fairly remarkable. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The entire OSU defense. Yes, it allowed more than 200 yards rushing. Yes, it surrendered the game-tying score in the final seconds of regulation. And yes, its play redefined the term “bend but don’t break.” The Buckeye defense had plenty of shortcomings on Saturday. You can blame just about every one of the members of the Buckeye offense. OSU’s offense managed a meager 36 yards in the second half, while never sustaining a drive of more than 3 minutes. By the end of the fourth quarter the defense was absolutely gassed. It was unfortunate that they conceded a score to send the game to overtime, but it could have been much worse for the Buckeyes. Senior defensive end John Simon terrorized the Wisconsin offensive line, matching a career-high with four sacks. Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier made the play of the season, forcing a fumble on the goal line and preserving a late OSU lead. Junior safety Christian Bryant recovered that fumble, and also broke up a pass in overtime to win the game. There were some great individual efforts from OSU’s defense on Saturday. But as a whole, the unit played its most complete game of the season, in a contest in which it was needed the most. read more

Baseball Three Ohio State players selected in MLB draft two recruits also

Ohio State redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray stands in the box against Purdue on April 1, 2017 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterIt was a down year for the Ohio State baseball team, but three players managed to find success this season as graduates starting pitcher Shea Murray and catcher Jalen Washington, along with junior Tre’ Gantt were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.The Buckeyes also heard the name of their top two recruits — left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway and right-handed starting pitcher Xavier Moore — called on Wednesday.Though Murray had made the transition from the mound to the outfield this past season, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 18th round, 538th overall as a pitcher. This marks the second time Murray has been drafted by a MLB team, as he was drafted as a pitcher in the 39th round (1,158th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2015.On the mound, Murray owns a career 10.95 ERA over 12.1 innings of work. He struck out 17 batters, though 12 walks and overall control issues led to the decision for him to switch to the outfield. In his only season as a hitter, Murray posted a .252/.329/.449 slash line with three home runs and a pair of stolen bases. His three triples on the season were tied for the most on the team, and his .449 slugging percentage was the fourth-best on the team. Ohio State’s starting shortstop this past season, Washington, was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 29th round with the 858th overall pick. But like Murray, it was not for the position he played in 2017.Washington was drafted by the Padres as a catcher, the position he manned in the 2016 season during the Buckeyes’ Big Ten tournament title run. That year, he caught 59 games and was placed on the Johnny Bench Award watch list on May 18, 2016. However, the team opted to shift him over to shortstop for the 2017 season, in an effort to make the most of his athleticism.Over his career, he has a .254/.357/.393 slash line with 10 home runs and 32 stolen bases. At the plate, 2017 was a career year for Washington as he posted career-highs in doubles (14), triples (five), home runs (seven), batting average (.266) and slugging percentage (.468), while tying a career-high in stolen bases (14).Gantt was the third and final Buckeye drafted on Wednesday after he was selected in the 29th round, 882nd by the Cleveland Indians. He still has one remaining year of eligibility, and could return to the team if he and the Indians do not agree to terms on a contract.In his first year as a regular starter, Gantt maximized every opportunity and spent the bulk of the season batting atop the Buckeyes’ lineup and playing center field.Though he did start in 38 games and appear in 47 games two seasons ago, it was not until the second half of the year when now-Colorado Rockies’ minor league first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic made the switch from right field to first base to free up the position for Gantt to play.Gantt enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017, posting career-highs in every major statistical category, including a team-leading .426 on-base percentage. He was also tied for the team lead with 14 stolen bases with Washington. His overall slash line of .314/.426/.426 proved valuable for the Buckeye offense as he served as the catalyst for the team’s offense batting out of the leadoff spot in 41 of the team’s 56 games.The Buckeyes also saw a pair of recruits drafted on Wednesday.The first pitcher selected was Xavier Moore, a recruit from Lorain, Ohio, who was drafted in the 16th round with the 494th overall selection by the Texas Rangers. The graduate of Amherst High School is expected to sign with the Rangers.Ohio State’s top recruit, Seth Lonsway, was selected in the 19th round with the 557th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds.The southpaw out of Celina High School in Celina, Ohio, was ranked as the 148th best draft prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was projected to be a third-round pick in the draft by MLB.com and Baseball America. Prior to the draft, he told The Daily Standard’s Colin Foster that he would determine the strength of his commitment based on where he was selected in the draft. The amount of days he has remaining until he can reach an agreement with the Reds is still unknown. read more

Ings reveals hilarious bet with Salah

first_imgSouthampton striker Danny Ings has revealed he has a goal scoring bet with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.The striker who is currently on loan from Liverpool jokingly placed a bet with the Egyptian star insisting he would score more goals in the Premier League this season.If Salah loses the bet, he must stump up to send Ings on a trip to see the pyramids in his homeland but if the Ings loses he will have to buy last season’s top scorer coffee.Ings currently has three goals in the league compared to Salah’s two but will watch from the stands this weekend when Southampton travel to Anfield to face Liverpool.Danny Ings is backed up by Kevin Keegan Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 The Southampton and England icon believes the Saints footballer will do very well next season in the Premier League.“Mo helped me a lot when I was at Liverpool and we exchanged a few messages.” Ings said, according to FoxSports.“He said, ‘Let’s see who scores the most’ and I laughed it off, given how good he is.”“Mo is one of the best players in the world. He is so worshipped in Egypt so I said if I win the bet he has to give me access to half of Egypt on holiday but if he wins, I need to buy him a Costa coffee!”The former Burnley striker will compete a permanent move to Southampton next summer for a fee in the region of £16million after Liverpool included an obligatory clause for the saints to sign the player after the loan is complete.last_img read more

Eight Sevilla fans hospitalized as barrier collapses

first_imgEight supporters of Sevilla Football Club have been taken to a hospital in Spain after a barrier collapsed during Sevilla’s win at Eibar’s Ipurua Stadium.The barrier collapsed when supporters of Sevilla were celebrating a goal during their team’s 3-1 away in the Spanish La Liga on Saturday night.“In the end, and pending confirmation from the emergency services, eight Sevilla supporters have been taken to Mendaro hospital. None of the injuries are serious,” said Eibar in a statement on their official Twitter account.Los aficionados del @SevillaFC trasladados al hospital han sido ya dados de alta, con una posible fisura de escafoides de uno de los heridos y traumatismos en el resto de casos. Les deseamos a todos una rápida recuperación #EibarSevilla— SD Eibar (@SDEibar) September 29, 2018The barrier collapsed as dozens of the travelling away supporters behind the goal spilt to the pitch after Argentine midfielder Ever Banega converted a 58th-minute penalty to put Sevilla 2-0 up.The match was put on hold for eight minutes while stewards and emergency services attended to supporters in distress.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.In a message posted on their official Twitter account, Sevilla dedicated the win to the fans affected.🏥 Diez sevillistas heridos, ninguno de ellos de gravedad, fueron trasladados al Hospital de Mendaro.La expedición nervionense se interesó por su estado en el propio hospital antes de volver a Sevilla.Toda la información ➡️ https://t.co/xEoiWDctrr#vamosmisevilla pic.twitter.com/kIizsymkjv— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) September 29, 2018“Three goals and three more points in Ipurua. The victory is dedicated to our supporters who suffered today in the accident in the stand. We hope they recover soon,” said the club.Sevilla next travel to Russia where they will face FC Krasnodar in their second group game of this season’s UEFA Europa League campaign.last_img read more

Agent Wesley Sneijder open to Galatasaray return

first_imgWesley Sneijder’s agent revealed his client would be very keen to discuss a return to GalatasarayAfter leaving Ligue 1 team OGC Nice in 2018, Sneijder has been playing his club football with Al-Gharafa in Qatar.The Dutch midfielder is contracted to Al-Gharafa until June 2019 and has been linked with a return to Galatasaray.But Sneijder’s agent, Guido Albers, announced they’ve received no offer from the Turkish club despite what reports have suggested.Although he did add that Sneijder would be up for a return to Turkey.2010 World Cup. Netherlands, Robon Van persie, Wesley Snieder, Rafel van de VartReport: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“If Galatasaray wants Sneijder, then we are ready to talk,” Albers told Radyospor.“A transfer in January will be difficult and Wesley has a contract for six months. In the summer, he is free of transfer and I do not have a Galatasaray offer at the moment, but if they are interested, I’m sure Wesley wants to return.”Sneijder managed 45 goals and 44 assists in 175 appearances for Galatasaray between 2012 to 2017 and won the Süper Lig twice along with the Turkish Cup three times.The former Netherlands international has also played for Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.last_img read more

Phi Thompson lauds Steven Gerrards January recruitment

first_imgPhil Thompson has praised Rangers manager Steven Gerrard for his drive in attracting good players to the club.The retired Liverpool defender says Gerrard has revitalized the era of players returning home to Rangers noting that the arrival of Defoe and Davies will be of huge impact to the club.“My goodness Steven Gerrard bringing in Defoe, bringing in Steven Davies, would they have actually gone there? Or sensed that would have been a good move for them, absolutely,” said Thompson on Sky Sports News obtained via Thisisfutbol.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I’m not surprised (how well he has taken to management) when he did take it, I did think it was a big risk for Stevie, I did say that but I did say if he did go they were going to have to back him because you could see last season between Celtic and Rangers that they were so far behind, player wise.“It was a big gap to turn around and he has done that with a lot of loans he has had to do it but people are now going to Rangers again, they want to go there again, they want to go up there for a challenge.“He has turned it around, Defoe and Davies going up there is like the Graeme Souness era when you saw English talent, yes maybe they’re all 30 somethings going there but at least he is being the attraction.”last_img read more

HEA Scheduled Outages For The Homer Spit Halibut Cove Peterson Bay

first_imgThe Halibut Cove/Peterson Bay area will have two brief outages at the beginning and end of thescheduled outage, according to HEA. The outage is necessary to safely replace switching equipment on the Spit. The outage will occur between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM and could last up to 8 hours on the Homer Spit. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association will be conducting scheduled power outages in the Homer Spit, Peterson Bay, and Halibut Cove areas on Thursday, December 13. As a reminder from HEA, take steps to protect all sensitive electronic equipment in your home andbusiness.last_img read more

Some Alaska Lawmakers Say New Ethics Rules Are Too Limiting

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state Sen. Shelley Hughes withdrew a health care bill she’s been working on for more than two years and declined meetings on health care policy to avoid running afoul of new ethics rules she and other lawmakers see as too restrictive. Lawmakers with conflicts can have general discussions in private that avoid specifics of pending legislation or that aren’t used to develop legislation related to their conflict, legislative ethics committee administrator Jerry Anderson said.But, some lawmakers worry, if the seed for an eventual bill is sown during a general conversation, could that be a violation? That’s a realistic concern, Anderson said. The ethics committee’s interpretation acts to “kind of kick common sense out the door,” the Anchorage independent said. He lost his re-election bid in November but said he’s spoken with current legislators about possible revisions. Under the legislative ethics committee’s interpretation of the law, legislators can participate in committee and floor debate and vote on bills where they have conflicts, as long as they declare those conflicts. But they can’t have similar discussions in private with fellow lawmakers or anyone else.The bill’s sponsor said that goes far beyond his original intent, and he and others are looking at possible changes. In a speech to colleagues, Hughes said she withdrew her bill aimed at lowering health care costs because her husband and the clinic where he works could be financially harmed by it, and that was seen as a conflict. The definition used by the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics for “official action” is broad, including development, sponsorship, advocacy of or opposition to a law, amendment, resolution or other matter affected by legislative action or inaction. Senate Majority Leader Mia Costello said legislators are erring on the side of caution and in some cases declining meetings. “When it comes to private discussions, you have to have some level of trust with our elected officials,” Grenn said. Costello is an Anchorage Republican who flies, is married to a commercial pilot and represents a district that holds Alaska’s largest commercial airport. In a floor speech, she said she intended to introduce a bill that would have given the Legislature approval of certain aviation-related fees, but didn’t because of the new law. The Legislature needs to find the right language “to ensure that we protect the right of the public to have legislators with integrity on one hand and on the other hand protect the right of the public to have access to the expertise of the people they elect,” he said. “That, believe me, is a fine line, and we must find it.” Former Rep. Jason Grenn, who sponsored the ethics law, said he intended for it to force legislators to be more public about potential conflicts in committees and on the House or Senate floor — and didn’t intend to delve into private meetings. The law bars legislators from taking or withholding official action or exerting official influence that could substantially hurt or help the financial interests of an immediate family member; the employer of a lawmaker or their immediate family; someone with whom a lawmaker is seeking employment; or someone from whom the lawmaker or an immediate family member has made more than $10,000 over the prior 12 months. The ethics law passed last year details circumstances under which a lawmaker would have a conflict and limits what action the lawmaker can take if he or she has one. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Begich, who serves on the ethics committee, cautioned against “over-interpreting” the new law and said legislators with questions can check with Anderson’s office. Hughes said the law prevents her from discussing health care policy with her husband, a physician assistant. Ethics laws should keep lawmakers from manipulating the system for their own gain, Hughes said. “But when the law prevents us from drawing from our own experience … and from the knowledge that we gain from living with the people we love, it needs to be fixed,” the Palmer Republican said. “When the law prevents us from working in the best interests of the people we serve … to address the problems they face, the law needs to be fixed.” Grenn said the aim was public transparency, not trying to address any potential corruption that other laws or rules already address. “Everything we do, we’re wondering, can I do that? Can I talk to this person?” Costello said in an interview, adding later: “We don’t want to overreact, either. I don’t think we are doing anything but trying to figure out right now what this actually means.” Begich is open to changes that clarify the law but not a wholesale rewrite. The state does not have a full-time Legislature. Some lawmakers have other jobs, including attorneys, fishermen and a doctor. Some also have working spouses.last_img read more

Borough Candidate Filing Period Ends Thursday

first_imgUpcoming vacancies on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly include: The districts of Nikiski, Soldotna and the central peninsula will have vacancies that need to be filled. There are also three positions open on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. The Kalifornsky, east peninsula and south peninsula districts have openings. Absentee in-person voting begins September 16 through Election Day, October 1. These positions are currently held by Wayne Ogle, Dale Bagley, and Paul Fischer. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The filing period for Candidates interested in running for municipal office for the October 1 regular election ends on Thursday, August 15. For more information visit the boroughs website, at www.kpb.us. The candidate filing period begins August 1 and ends at 4:30 p.m. August 15. The deadline to register to vote in regular municipal elections is September 1.last_img read more

The 10 Deadly Sins of BtoB Publishing

first_imgMIAMI—Even in the face of a down real estate market, b-to-b residential housing and commercial construction publishing giant Hanley Wood is maintaining an aggressive business strategy. During today’s luncheon keynote at the FOLIO: Publishing Summit, CEO Frank Anton unveiled what he calls the “10 deadly sins” that have b-to-b companies in a “spiral of purgatory” in a down economy.Anton outlined the sins—underperformance, cowardice, technophobia, inferiority, complacency, coziness, stinginess, cluelessness, disorganization and dullness—with examples from Anton’s own experience in leading Hanley Wood.“Fear of failure for many outweighs the satisfaction of success,” Anton said of the “cowardice” sin. “Try things. Take chances. To grow a company you need to take risks. Sometimes you’ll fail but try. Learn.” Trade publishers that have underinvested in electronic media are now playing catch-up—and are paying the price, Anton said in reference to his ‘technophobia’ sin. Hanley Wood’s online advertising has seen growth over the last couple of years, and Anton expects that revenue to grow 40 percent this year, he said.In regards to complacency, Anton urged even successful publishers to continue to strive to be better. “Too many companies are making money and don’t care if their publication is the number one, number two or number three book in their segment. I don’t get that,” he said. “Being competitive and winning is fun. Be restless. Work hard to be the best.”last_img read more

Vince Staples Joins Childish Gambino For October 2018 Tour Dates

first_img Vince Staples Joins Childish Gambino For October 2018 Tour Dates Childish Gambino, Vince Staples: New Tour Dates vince-staples-joins-childish-gambino-october-2018-tour-dates Email News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 19, 2014 – 1:08 pm Childish Gambino Performs “3005” The GRAMMY winner adds tour dates to his upcoming fall tourPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 30, 2018 – 12:02 pm Childish Gambino — aka Donald Glover — won Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 60th GRAMMY Awards for “Redbone,” performed “Terrified” during the telecast and last month he announced a national arena tour with Rae Sremmurd. On April 30 new dates were added to this tour, so fans can catch the music, movie and television star before he retires his Childish Gambino persona. https://twitter.com/Ticketmaster/status/990938835201789952 Rapper Vince Staples will be joining Gambino for October dates — adding Denver, Nashville, Tenn., Phoenix, and San Jose, Calif., to the tour as well as a return engagement at the Los Angeles Forum on Oct. 3. In addition, Rae Sremmurd will help Gambino hold down a second date at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 15, added the night after their previously scheduled New York date. Twitter Pre-sale tickets go on sale May 1 via Ticketmaster. Sales of new engagements open to the general public on May 4.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

How Infosys TCS Wipro Tech Mahindra are expected to perform in June

first_imgWith the earnings season for the current financial year all set to begin, analysts have started making their forecasts for companies across sectors.The spotlight, as always, will be more on information technology (IT) services companies. Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra will continue to be in focus in the run up to the announcements of their June quarter results.Profit margins of Infosys, TCS and Wipro are most likely to be hit due to the salary hikes announced during the last quarter, according to ICICI Securities. From a revenue growth perspective, Infosys and TCS are expected to lead, while Wipro and Tech Mahindra are projected to lag in revenue growth, it added. The Brexit factor is bound to impact some of the companies.Tech Mahindra and HCL Technologies have the highest revenue contribution from Europe, including the U.K., at 29 and 28 percent, respectively, while it is 23 and 26 percent for Infosys and TCS, respectively, according to Edelweiss Securities Ltd.Here is a round-up of how analysts are expecting major IT companies to perform:InfosysThe Bengaluru-based company is expected to have grown 4.2 percent in revenues owing to deal wins in the recently-ended financial year, according to Edelweiss Securities Limited. “We anticipate no major disappointments in Q1,” said the brokerage.The company’s growth will be mainly on account of momentum in deal wins — TCV of $2.8 billion in FY16 vs $1.9 billion in FY15 — aggressive participation in the transformation deals market and investments in IMS and digital technologies.ICICI Securities Ltd. made a similar projection for the country’s second-largest software services exporter. “We expect Infosys to report revenue growth of 3.7 percent in constant currency terms with cross currency a tailwind of ~50bps. Revenue growth in dollar terms should be 4.2 percent,” the brokerage said.In its guidance for 2016-17, Infosys had said it expected revenues to rise 11.5 to 13.5 percent in constant currency terms during 2016-17. The company does not give quarterly guidance.On Monday, Infosys stock closed at Rs. 1,184.25, up almost 1.04 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Also read: Infosys shares fall 4% on COO Pravin Rao’s warning of ‘quarterly bumps up and down’Infosys ADRs rise 8% on Nasdaq, employees get 6-12% salary hikeTCSThe Mumbai-based Tata Group company is likely to see its profit margins shrink on account of wage hike and visa cost, though revenues are likely to post growth broadly in line with expectations. “We estimate TCS to post 3.1 percent QoQ revenue growth, implying almost 3.6 percent constant currency spurt,” Edelweiss said.The company’s topline is also likely to be impacted in the coming quarters, given that it derives about 14 percent of its revenues from Britain. “Changed economic conditions due to Brexit could impact TCS the most on account of 14% GBP exposure—major concern,” the brokerage said.TCS shares closed 0.28 percent lower at Rs. 2,494.80 apiece on the BSE on Monday.WiproThe third-largest software services exporter had given an IT revenue guidance of  $1,901 million to $1,939 million for the June quarter in constant currency terms. “We expect Wipro to deliver dollar revenue growth of 2.4 percent QoQ with ~40bps of growth contributed by cross currency. Wipro had guided for growth in constant currency terms of 1-3 percent in Q1FY17,” ICICI Securities said.Also read: Wipro Q4 net profit falls 1.6%; company raises Q1 FY2017 IT revenue guidance to $1,901-1,939 millionWipro stock closed at Rs. 560.10, a gain of 0.30 percent from its previous close.HCL TechnologiesThe revenue projections are bullish for the company but not profit margins. “We estimate HCLT to log 6.6% and 7.0% USD and CC revenue growth, respectively. We have factored in USD65mn revenue from Volvo and organic growth of 3.0% in constant currency. We expect EBITDA margin to contract 170bps QoQ impacted by lower margins in the inorganic business and visa cost,” said Edelweiss Securities.The stock closed at Rs. 746.30, up 2.04 percent from its previous close.Tech MahindraTech Mahindra is one of those companies that derive a significant portion of its revenues from the U.K. The company is projected to post marginal growth for the June quarter. “We expect overall revenues to grow by 0.2% QoQ to $1,025 million,” ICICI Securities said.”We expect overall new-deal intake to remain healthy in the US$250mn-300mn range with the intake equally dispersed across Enterprise and Communication segments,” it added.Shares of Tech Mahindra stock closed at Rs. 517.35, up 1.11 percent from their close on the BSE.last_img read more

Hong Kong prodemocracy activist jailed 6 years

first_imgPro-independence activist Edward Leung walks inside a detention centre before leaving for the High Court for a sentencing hearing in Hong Kong, China on 11 June. Photo: ReutersA former rising star in Hong Kong’s radical youth opposition was sentenced to 6 years in jail on Monday for rioting and assaulting police, one of the city’s harshest sentences against a democracy activist in recent years.Edward Leung, 27, one of the leaders of a movement advocating Hong Kong’s independence from China, had earlier been found guilty of rioting in a 2016 overnight protest that turned violent. He had pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.About 130 people, mostly police, were injured when masked protesters tossed bricks and set trash cans alight to vent their anger against what they saw as mainland Chinese encroachment on the city’s autonomy and freedoms.It wasn’t immediately clear if Leung would appeal against the sentence.Leung appeared calm upon hearing High Court Judge Anthea Pang announce the sentence, while murmurs of disbelief rippled through a crowd of about 150 activists and supporters watching a live broadcast outside the courtroom.Pang condemned the “severe violence” of the riot, which she said had caused danger to those at the scene, and which warranted the imposition of a strict deterrent sentence.“The court absolutely does not allow livelihood or political disputes to be expressed through acts of violence,” she said.Two other defendants in the case, Lo Kin-man and Wong Ka-kui, were jailed 7 and 3.5 years respectively for rioting.Leung has supported Hong Kong’s outright secession from China given Beijing’s perceived erosion of the “one country two systems” principle granting the city a high degree of autonomy since it was handed from British to Chinese rule in 1997.The controversial politician, then a student of philosophy at the University of Hong Kong, came to public prominence after the violent protests, and a run for public office during a by-election for a legislative council seat that year. He was barred from running for another election later that year.China has repeatedly slammed the independence movement, fearful of the idea catching on in the mainland. President Xi Jinping warned last year that any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty would be an act that crosses a “red line”.Although the court case does not deal directly on the issue of independence, the sentencing is likely to be interpreted as a broader warning against the city’s young radical activists.Leung’s sentence came one week after two other pro independence activists and former lawmakers were sentenced to one month in jail for assembling illegally in the legislature while still in public office.last_img read more

Khashoggi hit ordered at highest levels Erdogan

first_imgTurkish President and leader of Turkey`s ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during his party`s parliamentary group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara, on 30 October. Photo: AFPTurkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi came from “the highest levels” of the Saudi government Friday as he promised no let-up in the hunt for his killers.A month on from Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Erdogan said he did “not believe for a second” that King Salman was to blame.But he pointedly failed to absolve crown prince Mohammed bin Salman of responsibility for unleashing a “death squad” against the outspoken Saudi journalist whose death has badly tainted the kingdom’s de facto ruler.And in an editorial for Khashoggi’s former employer, The Washington Post, Erdogan accused authorities in Riyadh of refusing to answer key questions about the murder, despite their arrest of 18 suspects a fortnight ago.Erdogan’s comments came shortly after one of his top lieutenants charged that Khashoggi’s dismembered body was “dissolved” in the consulate as part of an effort to leave no trace of the killing.”Over the course of the past month, Turkey has moved heaven and earth to shed light on all aspects of this case. As a result of our efforts, the world has learned that Khashoggi was killed in cold blood by a death squad, and it has been established that his murder was premeditated,” Erdogan wrote in The Post.”We know that the perpetrators are among the 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia. We also know that those individuals came to carry out their orders: Kill Khashoggi and leave. Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government.”But he said his government would keep asking other questions “the Saudi authorities have refused to answer”, such as the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body and who ordered his assassination.The murder of the royal insider-turned-dissident has provoked widespread outrage and sharp criticism from Washington, usually the staunchest of allies.While president Donald Trump has ruled out halting arms deal with Riyadh as a punishment, his administration has effectively withdrawn support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen in a stark illustration of the cooling of ties.’Body dissolved’ Addressing mourners at a memorial service in Washington on Friday, the murdered journalist’s fiancee called on Trump to back Turkey’s efforts to investigate his death.”I would like to send this message to Mr Trump: I would like him to support Turkey’s legal efforts in trying to bring light to the situation and to discover the whereabouts of his body,” Hatice Cengiz said in a recorded message.Turkey’s chief prosecutor said this week that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate and also confirmed the body was dismembered.Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, hinted in an article published on Friday that the body may even have been destroyed in acid.”We now see that it wasn’t just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it,” an official in Turkey’s ruling party, he told the Hurriyet newspaper.”According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it.”A Turkish official has previously told The Post that “biological evidence” found in the consulate garden indicated the body was likely disposed of near the murder scene.Saudi authorities have denied Turkish police permission to search a well in the garden, but allowed them to take water samples for analysis, according to local reports.The murder has strained the decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia, with Trump calling it “one of the worst cover-ups in history”.Saudi Arabia ‘must remain stableIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose country shares Riyadh’s hostility to Iran, condemned the murder but stressed the need for stability in Saudi Arabia.”It is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and for the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable,” Netanyahu told reporters Friday on a visit to Bulgaria.After initially insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then saying he died in a brawl during an interview gone wrong, the Saudi regime admitted he was killed, blaming a “rogue operation”.The crown prince has denounced the murder as “repulsive” and denied any involvement.last_img