Defiant Blatter Blasts US AG Lynch

first_imgZURICH — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and an American Federal investigation into soccer corruption.Blatter tells Swiss broadcaster RTS “there is something that smells” about the timing of dawn raids to arrest soccer officials in Zurich two days before his re-election May 29.The defiant FIFA chief says Lynch’s comments on the bribery and racketeering case “shocked” him.Lynch said May 27 that indicted FIFA and marketing officials had “corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves.”Blatter says “as a President I would never make a statement about another organization without knowing.”Blatter suggests “if they have a financial crime that regards American citizens then they must arrest these people there and not in Zurich when we have a Congress.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tata Harrier prices hiked, SUV now starts from Rs 12.99 lakh

first_imgTata Harrier prices have been hiked by Rs 30,000 across all its variants. This is the first instance of Tata Motors increasing the prices of its premium SUV since its launch in India on January 23, 2019.Available in Calisto Copper, Thermisto Gold, Ariel Silver, Telesto Grey and Orcus White colour options, Tata Harrier is based on Land Rover’s D8 platform and is the first product from the Indian automobile major to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language.Powering Tata Harrier is a Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged BSIV diesel engine that makes 140 PS and 350 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. While the premium SUV does is not available with a petrol mill right now, there is no option for an automatic transmission as well.Tata Harrier rivals with the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Creta. Another challenge to the premium SUV will come in the form of soon-to-be-launched MG Hector. The bookings for Hector have already begun and buyers can even test drive it from June 15.The premium SUV boasts of features like Xenon HID projector headlamps, dual function LED DRLs, 3D LED tail lamps and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, one will find features like premium leather seat upholstery, Floating Island 8.80-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, foldable 60:40 rear seat splits and an instrument cluster with 7-inch colour TFT display.Below are the variant-wise new and old prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) of Tata Harrier.VariantNew PriceOld PriceHarrier XERs 12.99 lakhRs 12.69 lakhHarrier XMRs 14.05 lakhRs 13.75 lakhHarrier XTRs 15.25 lakhRs 14.95 lakhHarrier XZRs 16.55 lakhRs 16.25 lakhALSO READ | Hyundai Venue demand shoots up, waiting period of 1.5-2 months on the new compact SUVALSO READ | Honda Activa 125 BS6 unveiled, to be sold from late second quarter FY 2019-20ALSO READ | Fifth-gen Honda City spied testing in Thailand, India launch expected in 2020advertisementlast_img read more

OU hangs Big 12 Champs banner

first_imgScreen shot 2013-03-09 at 12.42.42 PMOU is just all in on this 2012 Big 12 Champions thing, no “co-champs” no “shared title” just “Big 12 Champs.”Hilarious.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Mina

first_imgEverton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Minaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is delighted with the form of Yerry Mina.Silva feels the Colombia defender is now showing his quality.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I am really happy with him. It was a tough season, last season, for Yerry Mina. He changed, two seasons ago, from Brazil to Barcelona and the top, top, top level in the world. He didn’t play so much but around that club, around those players every single day you are improving, playing or not.“After that he joined us in the Premier League, as an expensive signing and all of the things around that. Unfortunately for us, he had a bad injury in that period and lost two or three months. He had short, good moments, but he had some very good moments last season. The competition was tough and if you look at our central defenders last season, all of them improved but I am really happy with Yerry.“He is taking his role in the team, he is performing well. Like always he has many, many things to improve but I am really happy with him and I will tell you why.“What I can see in Yerry – his English is improving and all of these things – is one player who comes to Finch Farm everyday to improve and with a big desire to win, every single day and not just on a matchday, but everyday. He wants to learn, he is always paying attention to the feedback the technical staff give him and always with a big desire to improve and win. It is something I really appreciate in a football player, when they come everyday with a big, big desire to improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Operation Red Nose A Success

first_imgOperation Red Nose, an annual campaign that helps keep impaired drivers off the roads, has wrapped up another successful season in Nova Scotia. Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 18, 322 volunteers offered drives to 1,169 partygoers in Halifax alone. Truro volunteers gave an additional 201 rides, while volunteers in Syndey offered 121. “I would like to thank the volunteers and the sponsors who made Operation Red Nose possible,” said Ramona Jennex, honourary chair of Operation Red Nose and Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I would also like to thank the many Nova Scotians who called Operation Red Nose, or made other arrangements to get home over the last few weeks. As the holiday season continues, I urge all Nova Scotians to seek a safe way home. If you drink, don’t drive.” Ms. Jennex spent the evening Friday, Dec. 17, at the Burnside headquarters of Operation Red Nose, taking part in driver training and listening to dispatchers respond to calls. “I was impressed with the dedication of the Operation Red Nose volunteers, who spent their nights working to help keep our roads safe,” said Ms. Jennex. Operation Red Nose is a free designated driver service that offers holiday partygoers a ride home in their own vehicles. For the last six years, the Insurance Bureau of Canada has supported the service, which helps keep impaired drivers off Nova Scotian roads. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation was also a corporate sponsor. This sponsorship allows the service to be free. Donations are accepted and given to Safe Grad programs. This year, Operation Red Nose raised $8,578 in Halifax Regional Municipality, which will be matched by the Insurance Bureau of Canada and donated to Safe Grad programs in HRM. Operation Red Nose was available in 109 communities in eight Canadian provinces.last_img read more

CBI grills Mirza named in Narada sting

first_imgKolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has interrogated suspended IPS officer Syed Md. Hussain Mirza on Thursday in connection with the Narada sting operation case. He was interrogated earlier but due some ambiguities found in his statement, he was summoned again.On Thursday, the 2004 batch IPS officer was grilled for almost seven hours by the CBI sleuths. According to sources, he was questioned again why he had taken the money from Mathew Samuels. He was also asked if he had taken the money on behalf of someone else. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to CBI sources, he had cooperated with the sleuths while recording of his statement on Thursday. He was repeatedly asked about a former Member of Parliament (MP) who had later joined BJP, as Mirza was known to be close to the MP before he was suspended. The former MP was seen in the footage saying that the Superintendent of Police (SP), Burdwan received the money. But he had not made it clear on whose behalf the then Burdwan SP Mirza received the money. Previously, Mirza had been interrogated by both CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Narada case. It has been alleged that he was seen receiving money in the footage, sitting at the Burdwan SP’s bungalow. Sources have informed that he may be called again if needed by the CBI.last_img read more

Funeral held for Syrian refugee 9 struck and killed by bus in

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The parents of a nine-year-old Syrian refugee who was struck and killed by a bus in British Columbia on Friday thought their children were finally safe when they escaped the civil war in their homeland, says a volunteer who has helped the family.On Saturday, Hala Albarhoum’s grief-stricken father held her little body, wrapped in a shroud, before placing her into her grave during the burial in Chilliwack that was attended by many community members.“The amount of turmoil they’ve gone through … we can’t even fathom what it must be like,” said Adnan Bhat, who volunteers with the Abbotsford Islamic Centre.“They’re trying to gather the strength for the other kids. They are praying a lot for Hala and for the other kids, just for strength to deal with the loss,” said Bhat, who indicated the family has four surviving children.Several departments are investigating Hala’s death including the major crime unit and B.C. Commercial Vehicle Safety.B.C. Transit president Manuel Achadinha said in a statement on Friday that he is “extremely saddened” to hear of the girl’s death and the agency’s thoughts are with her family, the driver and others who witnessed the event.Sgt. Judy Bird of the Abbotsford police said it’s too early to say how fast the bus was travelling.“At that time of morning, it was still quite dark, as well as our weather conditions were very rainy, so there was some visibility issues. But at this time we are at the very preliminary stages of investigation.”Bhat said the family came to Abbotsford more than a year ago as government-sponsored refugees. Support from the government only lasts a year, Bhat explained, and the family has struggled financially since then.Bhat spearheaded the GoFundMe campaign after the death to raise money to cover the funeral costs as well as buy the family a car. But as the campaign quickly gathered momentum, he said there were requests to continue accepting donations to help the grieving family deal with other expenses.Over $20,000 had been raised by Sunday afternoon.Bhat said he’s assisted a number of refugee families, but Hala’s family made a particular impression on him. He originally met them while trying to assist them in bringing an uncle who is still in Syria to Canada.That didn’t work out, but Hala’s teenaged brother, Mohammed, who had been acting as a translator for the parents, started to volunteer with the Abbotsford Islamic Centre’s efforts to help the homeless, such as participating in food drives. The father, meanwhile, helped paint the Islamic Centre.Bhat only met Hala once, describing her as “a very sweet child” who was “slightly reserved and shy.”“When you meet them, their manners and their righteousness is something that you can easily see in their behaviour,” Bhat said of the girl’s family.Bhat said he learned of the tragic news on Friday afternoon. He didn’t know at first who the victim was, but his heart sank when he learned the girl’s identity.“It’s extremely, extremely sad because this is a family who survived the war in Syria and when they finally thought they were safe in Canada, it was a small bus accident that took away their little child,” Bhat said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the family has three surviving children. There are four.last_img read more

President Sirisena leaves for Germany on official visit

President Sirisena is scheduled to visit the German Parliament and to meet representatives of the German Parliament. Subsequent to that the President is expected to held bilateral discussions with the German Foreign Minister. A special discussion between the President and the German Economic Affairs Minister is also scheduled to be held. The President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, will warmly welcome the President. The President is expected to have talks with a high level Austrian delegation including with the Austrian President.During the visit to Austria the President is also scheduled to meet the Austrian business community. The aim of the tour is to further collaborate and strengthen the relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena left for Germany this morning on an official visit. During his visit to Germany the President is expected to secure economic and development benefits for Sri Lanka, the President’s office said.A special ceremony will be held under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to welcome the President on February 17. Germany is one of the economically powerful member States of the European Union and one of the largest export economies in the world.After concluding the 2-day visit to Germany the President will leave for Austria on February 19. read more

Sizzling 100m Run By Usain Bolt At Intl Meet

World 100 and 200 metres record holder Usain Bolt and American World 100 metres champion Carmelita Jeter produced dazzling performances at the JN Jamaica Invitational IAAF World Challenge meet inside the National Stadium last night.Competing before a capacity crowd at the country’s premier sports venue, both clocked world-leading times in the men’s and women’s 100 metres, respectively.Bolt had the crowd cheering wildly after he breezed to the line in 9.82 seconds, finishing ahead of Michael Frater (10.00) and Commonwealth and Pan Am Games champion Lerone Clarke (10.03). The race had earlier been held up by two false starts.Good start to seasonThe 2008 Olympic champion was elated with his display.“This is a good start for me as I was not able to compete last time and to come and give the crowd a nice treat … , I am happy. I am looking forward to the remainder of the season with great hope,” Bolt said.In the women’s event, Jeter showed supreme speed and confidence in crossing the line in 10.81 seconds, beating the 10.86 meet record she set last year.World Championships bronze medallist Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago was second in 10.86 seconds, as Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart finished strongly for third in 10.98 seconds.Olympic 400-metre hurdles champion Melaine Walker had a successful start to the season in her pet event, winning in 55.29 seconds.Walker took control of the race from very early and cruised home ahead of American Tiffany Williams (55.80) and fellow Jamaican Ristananna Tracy (56.62).Happy for victory“I am happy to come out and win tonight as it is always good to win at home. I am not too happy with the time, but the good thing is that I was able to finish the event injury-free,” a satisfied Walker said after her event.World leader in the men’s 400-metre hurdles, American Bershawn Jackson, competing for the first time locally as a senior, showed his class in the event by racing to an impressive 48.73 seconds, beating Trinidad and Tobago’s Jehue Gordon (48.98). Defending champion Justin Gaymon of the United States was third in 49.08.“The atmosphere in Jamaica is always great, and it reminded me of when I competed here at the World Junior Championships in 2002,” said Jackson.Read the rest of this story on the Jamaica Gleaner read more

Spike Lee and J Cole Offer Support for Colin

Spike Lee (left) and J. Cole (right) have been outspoken about their support for Colin Kaepernick.(Paras Griffin/Stringer/Getty Images for Universal/Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/Tim Mosenfelder /Getty Images)Spike Lee is continuing his support of Colin Kaepernick, who many have said has been blackballed by the NFL, by posting about an Aug. 23 rally for the QB.The iconic filmmaker said Tuesday, Aug. 8 that he is not the organizer of the event at NFL headquarters in New York City but is continuing to back Kaepernick.pic.twitter.com/AejLPaaWHD— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) August 8, 2017 I Did Not Organize And Set Up This Protest. However I Still Support My Brother And His Stance On The Injustices In The USA— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) August 8, 2017Lee has been openly questioning why the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been a free agent since opting out of his contract in March.“How Is It That There Are 32 NFL Teams And Kap Is Still A Free Agent? WTF. Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens,” Lee wrote on Instagram in March after having brunch with Kaepernick. “The Question Remains What Owner And GM Is Going To Step Up And Sign Colin So Their Team Has A Better Chance To WIN? What Crime Has Colin Committed? Look At The QB’s Of All 32 Teams. This Is Some Straight Up Shenanigans, Subterfuge, Skullduggery And BS. Ya Dig?”Kaepernick drew the ire of some die-hard NFL fans last season when he refused to stand for the national anthem. Although the star reportedly won’t continue his protest this season, he has been passed over by teams including the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins.“The Dolphins aren’t anti-Black, they’re anti-idiot,” Fox News host Jesse Watters said of the team’s choice to go with Jay Cutler on “The Five” Monday, Aug. 7. “[Kaepernick] lacks respect and he’s bad for team chemistry and he’s bad for the franchise. … Colin Kaepernick wore a [former Cuban prime minister Fidel] Castro T-shirt, they’re gonna boo him outta there.”.@jessebwatters on @Kaepernick7 controversy: “The @MiamiDolphins aren’t anti-black. They’re anti-idiot” #TheFive pic.twitter.com/RvDb6x24Kt— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 8, 2017The Baltimore Ravens also have also expressed interest in Kaepernick but have not signed him, which rapper J. Cole blasted at his concert ahead of meeting with the QB, according to Billboard.“Baltimore, the type of s— that’s happening here, don’t you think somebody should risk they’re whole livelihood and their whole life to talk about this s—?” Cole said during thie 4 Your Eyez Only tour stop Sunday, Aug. 6. “Even if it cost them they money, they job, they life? Don’t that sound like Colin Kaepernick? Don’t that sound like what he doing? And he trying to come to Baltimore, the city that seems to need that s— for real.” read more

What do you make of the new black and red public bikes

first_img Black and red? Looks great (1873) Hmmm, not a fan (930) Source: /Photocall IrelandThe bikes for Cork, Galway and Limerick are red and black –  the colours associated with Coke Zero – and also have a logo over the back wheel for added effect.The Department of Transport has described the style as “distinctive”, saying they will be a “striking presence” on the city streets when the scheme launches in the autumn. Source: Darragh KaneThe scheme itself looks set to be as popular as the Dublin bikes scheme, with a total of 740 bikes across the three cities. If successful, the bikes may be rolled out to other cities, such as Waterford, and other places across Ireland.Which is obviously great. But today we want to know what you make about the look of the bikes themselves. Yay or nay? Poll Results: Black and red? Looks greatHmmm, not a fanBICYCLE! BICYCLE!VoteRead: Dublin Bikes scheme signs €2 million sponsorship deal with Coke Zero > Read: How Dublin Bikes went from cycnicism and disbelief to a ‘phenomenon’ > BICYCLE! BICYCLE! (1069) THE NEW PUBLIC bikes for Galway, Cork and Limerick were officially unveiled today by Junior Minister Alan Kelly.Here he is on one of them: Source: Darragh KaneThe bikes are strikingly different to the popular Dublin bikes in the capital, which are light blue and grey with a Coke Zero logo superimposed over the back wheel.last_img read more

Marines Use Solar Panels Cut Fuel Consumption By 90 Percent

first_imgThe US Military has been experimenting with quite a few green initiatives, and it looks like at least some are turning out quite successful. A new report from the US Marines reveals that the use of solar panels has reduced diesel consumption by around 90 percent.The Afghanistan-based 5th Marine Regiment has been utilizing a new program called Experimental Forward Operating Base, or ExFOB for short. This involves using an array of solar panels to power various equipment, which has saved a minimum of eight gallons of diesel, per generator, per day.“Our generators typically use more than 20 gallons of fuel a day. We are down to 2.5 gallons a day,” Staff Sgt. David Doty said. “The system works amazing. By saving fuel for generators, it has cut back on the number of convoys, meaning less opportunity for one of our vehicles to hit an IED.”The solar array includes flexible and portable panels carried by marines and solar tarps that are placed over tents, which are powerful enough to power four computers at once.Via InhabitatImage courtesy Gunnery Sgt. William Pricelast_img read more

Group digs into urban agriculture

first_imgThis year’s gloomy summer left gardeners with plenty to grumble about, but Wednesday afternoon a group of six local residents trolled through a backyard and came up with quite a bounty.? What: Urban Abundance is a new program, part of Slow Foods Southwest Washington, focused on planning, harvesting and planting urban crops.? When: A Dig In! Carrot Harvest to pull 2 acres of carrots for the Clark County Food Bank will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is part of the Harvest Fun Festival.? Where: 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St.? Cost: Free.? For more information: Visit www.myurbanabundance.org.Donning gloves and carrying rakes and fruit pickers, they descended upon the well-kept garden of a home in the Northwest neighborhood, emerging a scant half hour later with crate upon crate of pears for a local food pantry.The process is called gleaning — gathering the inevitable overflow of a harvest and putting it to good use. And though that is what’s keeping Warren Neth and his volunteers busy this time of year, their goal is something much more.Neth, 31, is the director of a new program called Urban Abundance, a part of Slow Foods Southwest Washington, aimed at increasing the amount and types of food growing within city limits.last_img read more

Snow looks increasingly likely for metro area

first_imgSnow looks increasingly likely for Clark County, including Vancouver, over the weekend.A special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m. Thursday forecasts a cold front dropping south from Alaska beginning late Saturday, then settling into place at the same time showers move into the area.The result: a few inches of snow on the Hockinson Hills and higher-level elevations, and snow in varying amounts in lower elevations.Steve Pierce, The Columbian’s weather blogger, said that Sunday will be a raw day, with temperatures near or slightly above freezing. It will be cold enough to snow, he said, but the question will be how much moisture is in the area.Pierce also said that there is a “pretty decent” chance of more snow on Monday or perhaps Tuesday, adding that long-term weather models are not yet developed enough to make it a solid forecast. Look for a return to seasonal weather, i.e. rain, after that.He updated his blog this afternoon. Here is an excerpt:After six weeks of mundane weather, the coldest air mass so far this winter is scheduled to arrive Saturday night across much of the Pacific Northwest, just in time time for the holiday weekend. The system in question will be arriving from the Gulf of Alaska and will push snow levels to the valley floor at times beginning Saturday night and lasting though at least Monday. This system has its origins in Alaska where temperatures have been well below normal as of late. At this point it does not appear as though this will qualify as a true Pacific Northwest “arctic blast” (temperatures at or below 32 degrees for daytime highs west of the Cascades) but overnight lows will likely fall below freezing across many locations Saturday night through Monday.Temperatures will fall quickly after sunset on Saturday and any precipitation associated with this system will likely fall as snow or a rain/snow mix all the way down to the valley floor. Sunday and Monday will feel raw outside, with high temperatures in the upper 30s west of the Cascades and snow showers likely. The big question remains, how much snow will fall and where? A pattern like this is difficult to predict, as precipitation amounts will be showery in nature and thus hit-and-miss. The hills above 500 ft are likely to see the best chances for accumulating snow along with other snow prone locations. If a more consolidated line of precipitation moves across the area Saturday night, nearly everyone could see accumulating snow, albeit light.last_img read more

Macau mass can be a US30 billion a year business Rob Goldstein

first_img Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Expressing confidence in local entity Sands China’s Macau expansion plans – which include converting Sands Cotai Central to The Londoner Macao and upgrading rooms at St Regis and the Four Seasons – Goldstein said the company expects mass and premium mass will eventually become “a US$30 billion business, adding “I’m not capable of telling you what the breakout is in premium versus base [but] we’ll take it all and we have the assets to take it all.”Macau-wide gross gaming revenue rose 14% in 2018 to US$37.6 billion, with the revenue split between mass and VIP expected to be close to 50-50 once all operator results are released.But Goldstein said that mix will inevitably change in the coming years.“It’s a very simple market to understand – it’s a mass, premium mass market driven by scale,” he said. “The VIP segment will continue to be challenging I believe. The mass and premium mass will be the driver.”Goldstein also pointed to increasing supply as the key to capitalizing on the changing face of the Macau market.“I think what we’ve done there, which is build scale … we’re building more rooms today. We’re building more retail today. We’re building more everything today. I believe that that market will continue to grow.“From my perspective, the mass scale market is room dependent. Those without rooms will have a difficult time growing their share. Mass demands rooms.“This is a very special place. It’s very unique and we are delighted to be there and investing today. We’re long-term believers and we don’t think there’s a market like it anywhere in the world or a better place to deploy capital.” RelatedPosts Las Vegas Sands (LVS) President and COO Rob Goldstein says Macau’s mass gaming segment can become a US$30 billion a year business.Goldstein’s prediction was made while discussing the company’s results in its 4Q18 earnings call, with Macau having pushed LVS to 2.5% year-on-year revenue growth for the period. Macau revenue grew 9% in 4Q18 to US$2.25 billion thanks to strong increases at the Venetian and Parisian. Load More Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansionlast_img read more

Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Jensen Beach

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a boater who has been missing since Monday.Officials said 66-year-old Stuart Savanuck rented a 23-foot boat from Jensen Beach Boat Rentals, at around 10 a.m. Monday, and was expected to return by 5 p.m. The rental company contacted the Coast Guard when Savanuck failed to bring the boat back. Rescue crews launched a 11,310 square mile search Tuesday morning, from Port St. Lucie to West End, Bahamas.Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sector Miami Command Center at 305-535-4472 or on the radio at VHF-FM marine radio channel 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Air Force Resumes B1 Bomber Operations

first_imgThe Air Force has resumed B-1B Lancer bomber flights following a nearly month-long operational hiatus, the Air Force Times reported Tuesday.The Air Force Global Strike command said the heavy bombers resumed flights this week following a safety inspection stand-down that began March 28 due to the problems with the egress system airmen use to exit in an emergency.“Individual B-1B aircraft will return to flight as the inspections and maintenance directed during the stand-down on each aircraft,” a command news release said.The B-1 has experienced three setback “events” in the past year, including an emergency landing incident related to an ejection-seat issue, and two fleetwide groundings, including the most recent one, according to the Air Force Times report.“We are proud of the tremendous efforts of our maintainers and aircrew flight equipment technicians in identifying, inspecting and remediating any potential issues with the B-1B egress system,” said Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force commander, who is responsible for the Air Force bomber force. “The aircraft are still safe to fly, and we are confident that this stand-down has resulted in increased safety within the B-1B fleet.”Air Force photo Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

BJP demands probe into West Bengal violence

first_imgKolkata: A three-member BJP delegation on Saturday visited violence-hit Bhatpara in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district where two persons were shot dead during a clash on Thursday and demanded a probe into the killings even as it accused the State police of opening fire on innocent people. The three-member delegation, comprising BJP MPs S.S. Ahluwalia, Satya Pal Singh and Vishnu Dayal Ram, visited the house of the two deceased – Rambabu Shaw and Dharambir Shaw – in Bhatpara on Saturday afternoon and said the bereaved families would be given financial aid of Rs 10 lakh each. Also Read – Charge sheet against AAP MLA Gulab Singh Advertise With Us The delegation was accompanied by Barrackpore Lok Sabha MP Arjun Singh. “When the clash between two groups took place, police baton charged one group and shot at the other. We want to know who took that decision? Who was behind this conspiracy? There should be a thorough probe into this. We will submit the report to (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah and apprise him of the on-ground situation here,” Ahluwalia said. Also Read – JNU poll panel cancels Yogi’s nomination Advertise With Us “Police opened fire on innocent, common people. They have shot everyone here. Police held a press conference and said they fired in the air. If it was true, then how did the people get shot? Were they flying in the air?” he questioned. Showing remnants of used bullets, which were recovered by the locals here after Thursday’s incident, Ahluwalia claimed that they are “INSAS bullets”, often used by the police personnel. Advertise With Us “These are parts of INSAS bullets which were used by police that day. Seven people sustained bullet injury, including the two deceased. All of them are common people. He identified the two deceased persons as ‘Panipuri’ sellers in the area and said the families are in deep trouble due to their sudden deaths. “They were not involved in any clashes. Rambabu, a 17-year-old youth was going to buy food from a shop when police shot him from point blank range. Dharambir was also shot by the police and died on the spot. Another person is admitted to the hospital,” he alleged. The BJP MP from Asansol-Durgapur parliamentary constituency accused the State’s ruling Trinamool Congress of indulging in constant violence even after the 2019 poll results have come out and urged its leaders to fight a “democratic battle” with the BJP instead of “murdering” common people. “I want to ask Trinamool Congress, how long will this violence continue? When there was violence during elections and people were killed, we tolerated that. Now the poll result has come out. If you (Trinamool) have any complaint or grudge against Modiji or the central government, you should debate on that in Parliament. That is the biggest space for democratic discourse. But why are you killing these poor people? This is unfortunate,” he added. New tensions Fresh tension was reported shortly after the BJP delegation left the area as a group of locals agitated against the police accusing them of inaction and pelted stones at the personnel on duty. Police resorted to a baton charge on two occasions to disperse the mob in which one person sustained a head injury. Barrackpore Police Commissioner Manoj Kumar Verma said the situation was “under control and peaceful” and clarified that police have not allowed any unlawful gathering in the area as CrPC 144 is in force there. “The situation is totally under control and peaceful. Because CrPC 144 is imposed here, police have chased away the people making unlawful gatherings. May be some people fell on the ground and sustained injury during the chasing,” said Verma, who conducted a route march in the area along with other senior officers. However, he refused to comment on the BJP leaders’ claims that two locals died in police firing. “All the matters are under investigation. It is not possible for me to comment on that,” he said. Internet services were suspended in large parts of North 24 Parganas district including the Barrackpore, Bongaon and Basirhat sub-divisions since the clash on Thursday as per the order issued by District Magistrate Chaitali Chakrabarty. However, the services were restored post midnight on Saturday.last_img read more

Punjab sisters write letter with blood to President Kovind seek

first_imgMOGA: Two girls from Punjab’s Moga city have written a letter with their blood to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his help in the “false cases” filed against them. In the letter, the duo has claimed that complainants have been threatening them on the pretext of the Kabutarbaazi and cheating cases registered against them and said that they have been living in fear for so long. They also demanded euthanasia for the whole family if they do not get justice. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Speaking to ANI, the girls – Nisha and Aman Jot Kaur – said, “Two false cases of Kabutarbaazi and cheating and fraud have been filed against us under Section of 420 the Indian Penal Code. We have been urging police to investigate the matter as we have been trapped in false cases but they are not listening to us.” “We have demanded euthanasia for the whole family if we do not receive justice,” they said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Meanwhile, Moga Police DSP Kuljinder Singh denied the allegations levelled against the police by the two girls. He said that criminal cases are registered against these girls and investigation in the matter is underway. “These two came to me and told me that they do financial work. They received a check on the basis of security and another party filed a case as they considered them as agents, who have given money to send their son abroad.” “I have heard they have sent a letter to the president but I have not received any official information in this regard. We will resolve the case soon. It took time as complainants are not helping in the investigation even after we sent them a summons,” he added.last_img read more

Bhagat Singh Sena to hold Tiranga Yatra

first_imgBegum Bazaar: Bhagat Singh Yuva Sena would take up ‘Tiranga Yatra’ at Begum Bazar at 10 am on August 15 to mark the 73rd Independence Day. Grand Master Shifuji would be the guest at the yatra.Organiser and Bhagat Singh Yuva Sena president Laddu Yadav said that the Tiranga Yatra was being organised by BSYS every year since 2012. Laddu Yadav said that the intention of the yatra was to pay tribute to the freedom fighters. Many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country. Grand Master Shifuji would be the guest and flag off the yatra. He would walk for 1 km from Begum Bazar. Laddu Yadav called upon nationalist youth from the city to attend the yatra in large numbers. The government conspired to stop the yatra during previous year but it could not succeed, said Laddu Yadav.last_img read more