The promise of dual citizenship was nothing short of calculated political deception by the Indian government. Overseas Indians who have been anxiously awaiting the introduction of dual citizenship relax. You have been had.After tantalizing Indians in the diaspora for two years with its much-ballyhooed promise of dual citizenship, the Indian government has finally adopted rules governing what is now described as “overseas Indian citizenship,” which explicitly rule out the original promise of both dual nationality and dual citizenship.Just so there is no mistaking of the new rules, applicants will not even get a passport. What they will receive – get this – is a certificate, and not a particularly attractive one at that.As presently formulated, overseas Indian citizenship is nothing but a glorified PIO Card scheme, which was introduced to an resounding thud a few years earlier. In one important respect, overseas Indian Citizenship offers less than even the PIO Card, which was modeled after the U.S. Green Card. The Indian Embassy explains the distinction, “The essential difference between PIO Card and Registration Certificate is that while a PIO Card can also be used as a travel document, the Registration Certificate cannot be so used.”After tantalizing Indians in the diaspora for two years with its much-ballyhooed promise of dual citizenship, the Indian government has finally adopted rules governing what is now described as “overseas Indian citizenship,” which explicitly rule out the original promise of both dual nationality and dual citizenship. The certificate is likely to meet the same dismal fate as the PIO Card, which had but a handful of takers from among the 22 million overseas Indians worldwide.The Indian government has provided no explanation why dual citizenship, one of the central recommendations of the LM Singhvi Committee on the Indian Diaspora, was quietly abandoned. As recently as a week before the announcement of the rules on the overseas Indian citizenship certificate, several Indian leaders, including Jagdish Tytler, minister of state for Overseas Indian Affairs, as well as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, were touting dual citizenship among overseas Indian communities in Europe and America. Citizenship rules are ultimately within the province of the home ministry, which is headed by Shivraj V. Patil. Clearly both Tytler and Singh were blindsided by the new home ministry policy.Overseas Indians might not have been as disappointed had they not been strung along these past two years into the delusion that dual citizenship was at hand. The promise was made with much fanfare at the first Pravasi Divas by then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in January 2003 and reaffirmed at the second Pravasi Divas in January 2004, soon after parliament passed revisions to the citizenship act.It is now clear that the earlier promises were nothing short of calculated political deception, which is what makes it particularly hard to take. The government’s embarassment at its failure to deliver on its most visible promise to the Diaspora is reflected in the secrecy under which the rules were adopted. There were no blaring headlines, just quiet communiques to Indian embassies worldwide. And no government official seemed prepared to step forward to respond to Little India’s inquiries on the new rules.The overseas Indian community is faced with two options. We should weigh a legal challenge to the current policy requiring us to surrender our Indian citizenship when we acquire foreign citizenship. A plausible legal case can be developed that the Indian government cannot strip an Indian citizen of his citizenship under either the Indian constitution or the revised Citizenship Act.The second option is political. Overseas Indians attending the Pravasi Bhartitya Divas in Mumbai in January 2005 should plan a dharna when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Abdul Kalam make their appearance at the event. We may not succeed in securing dual citizenship, but we can at least demonstrate that the uniquely Indian political tactic finessed by the most famous of all overseas Indians, Mahatma Gandhi, still flows in our veins. Related Items
A 162-member Mizoram family may be the largest living under one roof.The family in Baktawng, a village near Aktawng, is headed by Ziona, 66, who has 38 wives and 94 children, according to a report by PTI.One of Ziona’s wives said that dinner meals require almost 80 lbs of pork and 110 lbs of rice.The family is part of the Chana sect, which has 3,000 members, all of who live in the area. Related Items
The Australian police, which is investigating the murder of Toyah Cordingley on a beach in north Queensland, has identified a male Indian nurse as the most probable suspect in her murder.According to a report in The Australian news portal, the Indian nurse was last seen with scratch marks and fled overseas after the attack. Other media reports said the suspect fled to his hometown in India leaving his family behind.According to the portal, the suspect, Rajwinder Singh, is a Queensland Health-registered nurse working at Innisfail hospital, south of Cairns. He booked a flight to India on the night of the murder and then left the next day.The 24-year-old Cordingley, a pharmacy worker, was brutally attacked while walking her dog in broad daylight on Wangetti Beach, 40km north of Cairns, on Sunday, Oct. 21.Her body was found in sand dunes by her father the next morning, prompting an outpouring of grief and anger by the public and a mounting campaign by residents to help find her killer, the portal reported.The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, where Singh worked, confirmed that the nurse left work shortly after Toyah’s murder and was no longer an employee.“As it is under police investigation we are not making comment at this time,” the portal quoted a health service spokesman as saying.According to the Sunday Mail newspaper, the police questioned the hospital about the nurse’s behavior, movements, and work history.Singh first came under suspicion when the local police triangulated Toyah’s mobile phone and identified his car in CCTV and dash camera footage. According to Seven News, Singh was driving his car erratically in the Cairns area on the night of the murder.Police last month released CCTV footage of 68 vehicles they wanted to identify as part of the probe, the Australian wrote.Queensland police and the Australian Federal Police are working with Interpol and authorities in India, the portal wrote adding that Australia has an extradition agreement with India. Related Items
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Unmukt Chand is lucky. The skipper of the India U-19 team has become a national phenomenon overnight after his team’s World Cup win in Townsville. This is in stark contrast to 2008. Despite trouncing South Africa in the World Cup final in Malaysia, the country’s U-19 squad led by an enthusiastic Virat Kohli did not make it to the front pages of national dailies.However, the world’s largest men’s magazine Men’s Health saw the potential in these young boys and picked out Kohli and Pradeep Sangwan for their first-ever fashion shoot.Says Kohli, who has comfortably slipped into the shoes of Team India’s go-to man and become the vice-captain of its ODI squad, “We were starstruck teenagers then(in 2008). Though I was a tad nervous, we thoroughly enjoyed the shoot. In hindsight, that episode with MH eased me into the limelight.”The accompanying story throws up the question: how does a simple boy from West Delhi take to the limelight? The answer: like a fish does to water.Kohli, who features on the cover of Men’s Health’s bi-annual 15-page Guide to Style section in the September 2012 issue, discusses how men can make small tweaks in their dressing to turn heads, without ever crossing the line of masculinity or audacity. “A fit body gives you confidence,” he says.”And there’s nothing more impressive than a great attitude, which you can wear on your sleeve. But you’ll have to remember the difference between being rude and being confident,” Kohli adds.Jamal Shaikh, the editorial director of Men’s Health, says, “This is Kohli’s third shoot with Men’s Health India in four years, though this is the first time he’s gracing the cover.advertisementWe’re a real man’s magazine, and Virat’s success story and sense of style are very achievable for the common Indian youngster. That’s what makes him an even bigger star in our eyes.”
Apart from the land development plan, the port trustApart from the land development plan, the port trust is also concentrating on improving amenities for hosting cruise ships and investing Rs 150 crore for a terminal, which is to be built over the next two years, Bhatia said.One of the oldest ports in the country, it is not waiting for the passenger terminal to be ready and will start hosting ships from this season onwards, Bhatia said, adding that 59 such passenger liners will be calling on the city soon.The first such ship will arrive in late October and the port is reviving the Ballard Estate Festival idea every weekend coinciding with the docking of the first ship, which will have 4,000 passengers.Unlike the earlier experience, the port is discontinuing entry tickets for the festival, Bhatia let out, adding that it will be held every weekend.The port trust is also constructing two jetties on the sea on the citys much-visited western waterfront, off the iconic Marine Drive.These jetties, to be constructed over the next eight months to a year, will be used for adventure sports and developing floating hotels.The port is completely revamping the Sasoon Dock in Colaba, under which fish peeling will be shifted indoors, Bhatia said, claiming that it will be a modern fish market. PTI AA PSK BEN NSK ARD RDS
Borna Coric ended Roger Federer’s 20-match winning streak on grass, beating him 7-6(6) 3-6 6-2 in the Halle Open final on Sunday while also bringing to a halt the Swiss maestro’s reign as world number one.Federer was denied a 10th title in the German grasscourt tournament as Croatian Coric handed the 36-year-old his first setback on an otherwise serene road towards defending his Wimbledon title.The defeat meant that Rafa Nadal will return to the top of the world rankings on Monday.World number 34 Coric, playing in his first grasscourt final, showed great mental toughness and determination to fend off two set points before clinching the opening set after 57 minutes.Federer responded by applying further pressure on Coric’s serve in the second set before converting a break point in the eighth game to force a decider. The 21-year-old then broke Federer in the sixth game of the final set when the Swiss sliced a backhand long, before claiming only his second ATP title.It was Federer’s first defeat on grass since a second-round loss to German Tommy Haas at Stuttgart in June last year.He also remains two matches away from matching Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 174 victories on the surface as he missed out on a 99th career title.”Many congratulations Borna for your first grass title,” Federer said in the post-match presentation. “You played a wonderful match and deserved to win at the end.”Coric is projected to rise to a new career-high 21st in the world rankings next week after collecting wins over the tournament’s top two seeds, Federer and Alexander Zverev.advertisementFederer, who lifted the Stuttgart title last week, will be bidding for a record-extending ninth men’s singles crown at Wimbledon, which begins on July 2.
Batting great Sachin Tendulkar revealed on Sunday that a 45-minute-long phone call from Vivian Richards helped him reverse his decision on retirement as early as 2007.Tendulkar, India’s batting hero, faced quite a lot of criticism after the team’s early exit from the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. Sachin Tendulkar managed just 64 runs in 3 matches as India were knocked out after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stages.Speaking at India Today’s Salaam Cricket 2019, Tendulkar revealed he was almost 90 percent certain about quitting cricket in 2007 but his brother’s advice and Viv Ricahards’ phone call changed it all.Tendulkar went on with his career and eventually lifted the World Cup trophy in front of the home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2011.”I felt that was it. At that stage, a lot of things happening around Indian cricket were not at all healthy. We needed some changes and I felt if those changes did not happen then I was going to quit cricket. I was almost 90 percent sure of quitting cricket. But my brother told me in 2011 there is World Cup final in Mumbai, can you imagine holding that beautiful trophy in your hand?” Tendulkar said in London.”After that I went away to my farmhouse and that is when I got a call from Sir Viv, saying I know there is plenty of cricket left in you. We had a conversation for about 45 minutes and that was so heartwarming because when your batting hero calls you it means a lot. That was the moment things changed for me and from that moment onwards I also performed much much better,” Tendulkar added.advertisementAlso See:
Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 14:01 IST India have clinched all four of the ICC Women’s Championship points on offer so far (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia 166/2 (Mandhana 90*, Mithali 63*) beat New Zealand 161 (Goswami 3/23) by 8 wicketsThe result saw India leapfrog New Zealand to take the second place in the table with 12 pointsThis was India’s sixth win, the same as New Zealand, but Mithali’s team is ahead on net run rateThe Indian women’s team registered its second successive win in the three-match series against New Zealand on Tuesday to move into the second position in the ICC Women’s Championship.India rode on brilliant batting performances from Smriti Mandhana and captain Mithali Raj to beat New Zealand by 8 wickets in the second ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.Chasing a modest 162 for victory, Mandhana (90 not out) and Mithali (63 not out) stitched an unbeaten 151-run partnership for the third wicket to steer India past the finish line in the 36th over.The batters backed up yet another phenomenal performance from the Indian bowlers who skittled out the White Ferns for 161 in 44.2 overs after electing to field first.Veteran Jhulan Goswami starred with the ball with 3 for 23 in 8.2 overs while Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav bagged two wickets each. Shikha Pandey also contributed with a wicket.The result saw India leapfrog New Zealand to take the second place in the table with 12 points from 11 ODIs. This was India’s sixth win, the same as New Zealand, but Mithali’s team is marginally ahead of the White Ferns on the net run rate (0.611).That is it! Mithali Raj finishes it off with a SIX. India win by 8 wickets and lead the three-match series 2-0. #NZvINDDetails – https://t.co/HpmPFBz0T2 pic.twitter.com/neLHj6FJzzBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) January 29, 2019″162 was a very easy total to chase. I will be giving this award to all the bowlers in the team. They deserve it for restricting New Zealand to 161 on such a good wicketadvertisement”I thought today was an Indian wicket more than the New Zealand conditions. We had a camp before the first one-day for 10 days. BCCI has done really good to give us 10 days camp at Napier and we could get acclimatised to the conditions.”I don’t know why I end up smiling. All the teammates make fun of me, they are always trying to mock me saying I always smile whenever I get a short ball. I think I’d love to figure out how to make a serious face.”The women’s team is following close on the heels of the Indian men’s side, who crushed New Zealand by 8 wickets in the third ODI to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series at the same venue just a day before,” player of the match Mandhana said at the post-match presentation.India captain Mithali Raj meanwhile, wants her team to finish the series with a clean sweep.”I am happy with the series win in New Zealand and I’m happy the way the team is shaping because even the bowlers are doing their job. There are batters like the first game, we had the openers doing the job for us and this time around, my partnership with Smriti. So overall, the team looks good.”Well, I have always enjoyed batting in challenging conditions. I knew that today’s wicket is on the slower side and will help the spinners and it’s not going to be easy. It’s not a wicket where the ball is coming on to the bat and it requires patience. Smriti is in good form, someone has to give her the support on the other end.”When you have a good run, you would want to continue it. We are definitely looking for 3-0,” Mithali said.The women’s team is following close on the heels of the Indian men’s side, who crushed New Zealand by 8 wickets in the third ODI to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series at the same venue just a day before.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow ICC Women’s ChampionshipFollow Women’s 2nd ODIFollow indw vs nzwFollow ind vs nz women India jump to 2nd spot in ICC Women’s Championship after 2nd ODI win vs New ZealandWomen’s 2nd ODI: India 166/2 (Smriti Mandhana 90*, Mithali Raj 63*) beat New Zealand 161 (Jhulan Goswami 3/23) by 8 wickets to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series. Mandhana and Mithali stitched an unbeaten 151-run partnership for the third wicket to steer India past the finish line in the 36th over.advertisement
Port of Cleveland, October 25, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom The Port of Cleveland unveiled plans this week to start a regularly scheduled express freight shipping service between the Cleveland Harbor and Europe utilizing the Saint Lawrence Seaway, starting in April.The Cleveland-Europe Express Ocean Freight Service will be the only scheduled international container service on the Great Lakes. “Currently, local manufacturers use East Coast ports to ship goods to Europe, incurring additional rail and truck costs along the way,” said William Friedman, president & CEO of the Port of Cleveland. “The Cleveland Europe-Express will allow local companies to ship out of their own backyards, simplifying logistics and reducing shipping costs.”The service will be the fastest and greenest route between Europe and North America’s heartland, allowing regional companies to ship their goods up to four days faster than using water, rail, and truck routes via the U.S. East Coast ports. The Cleveland-Europe Express is estimated to carry anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000 tons of cargo per year. This volume equates to approximately 10-15% of Ohio’s trade with Europe.“This service will be a game changer for manufacturers in the region, keeping shipping dollars local, while opening our shores to the global market in a new way,” Friedman said.Betty Sutton, administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, said that this service will link the Port of Cleveland into the vast network of global trade. “Ninety percent of all global trade by volume is over water. The Cleveland-Europe Express Service represents a breakthrough for Great Lakes shipping, establishing the Port of Cleveland as the only Port with scheduled international container service in the Great Lakes,” Sutton said. Marc Krantz, chairman of the Port of Cleveland Board, explained that the Port pursued this direct route export and import service to Europe as a way to spur job creation and to help the Northeast Ohio region and the Midwest compete globally by connecting businesses to world markets. “We expect there to be a lot of indirect benefit to companies who service the Port as a result of increased cargo coming through Cleveland Harbor,” Krantz said.The Port is in final negotiations with the Dutch company Spliethoff Group to run the service via the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Bart Peters, manager of Spliethoff Group’s America Service, explained that Spliethoff Group plays a leading role worldwide in the transport market for various cargoes. The company owns and operates a fleet of about 100 multi-purpose, heavy-lift, and ro-ro vessels ranging in size from 9,500 to 21,000 tons, all of which sail under the Dutch flag.“Spliethoff Group regularly looks for new business opportunities in which to utilize our vessel capacity, and we are excited about the prospect of partnering with the Port of Cleveland on this venture,” Peters said. “We believe that providing scheduled, reliable capacity to the America’s industrial heartland via the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence Seaway routing will enable shippers to connect more efficiently to the European continent.”Stephan van de Wall, Acting Consul General & Head of Economic Department, Netherlands Consulate General, Chicago, said that the Netherlands Consulate for the Midwest believes this service will create more business opportunities and contribute to the further economic development of Cleveland, Ohio, and the Midwest. “The growing pressure on U.S. east coast ports and the congestion of rail and road freight corridors and logistic hubs in the Midwest suggest that this kind of service will be successful and will grow in the years to come,” Van de Wall said.Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the Port of Cleveland is indispensable to the economic success of Cleveland and the other communities in Cuyahoga County, with maritime activities through Cleveland Harbor supporting 18,000 jobs and $1.8 billion in economic activity annually.“With the addition of the Cleveland-Europe Express Service, the Port of Cleveland will become more than just a crucial economic engine for our city,” Jackson said. “It will become the Midwest’s gateway to trade with Europe. And it will be right here in Cleveland.”Richard Gareau, President, Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc., Berea, Ohio, said his company supports he Port of Cleveland’s initiative to start the express freight service. “Our company’s success is based in part on our central location to rail, ports and international airlines, and having a direct-to-Europe shipping connection right in our backyard will benefit our business,” he said.Steve Warthon, Operations Manager at The Lubrizol Corporation, noted that having a direct shipping option to Europe will increase the company’s competitiveness. “This in turn produces the opportunity to invest more dollars into the local economy, reduce our inventory carrying costs by using this faster shipping option, and reduce our carbon footprint.” My location Print Close
zoom Liberia-flagged oil/chemicals tanker Alia caught fire in the North Sea off Denmark following an explosion in its engine room on October 20, while the 2003-built tanker was carrying fuel oil from Malta to Gothenburg, Sweden.The crew of the 35,669 dwt tanker called the Danish rescue and support vessel operator Esvagt to assist in putting out the fire.The 183-meter Alia was 64 nautical miles west of Hvide Sande at the time of the accident.Esvagt deployed two special service/standby rescue vessels – Esvagt Gama and Esvagt Omega – to assist the disabled tanker and help cool down the vessel’s hull, so the crew could enter the engine room and tackle the flames from within.The two vessels sprayed water on the tanker’s hull for about three hours, after which the crew onboard the tanker was able to enter the engine room.The vessel is reportedly still adrift in the North Sea, and will need a tow to a nearest port.There have been no injuries to the crew, nor any oil spills reported thus far.The Alia is managed by the Hamburg-based Tb Marine Shipmanagement.World Maritime News Staff
APTN National NewsIn an unprecedented move, Nunavut’s Chief judge delivered an ultimatum to the territory’s government.Either have adequate security in place at the Nunavut Court of Justice by 9:30 the next morning, or he would close down a manslaughter trial.When faced with the judges resolve, the government blinked first.APTN‘s Kent Driscoll has this from Iqaluit.
Another fire at U.S. Steel’s massive coke plant outside Pittsburgh knocked a key pollution control system offline Monday, triggering a health warning as officials monitored the air around the plant for signs of a release of toxic sulfur dioxide.It was the second fire since December at U.S. Steel’s Clairton coke works, the largest facility of its kind in the United States. The plant turns coal into coke, one of the raw materials of steel.While the Dec. 24 fire triggered significant releases of sulfur dioxide, a pungent byproduct of fossil fuel combustion that can cause breathing problems, Allegheny County health officials said Monday that monitoring equipment had not detected a similar spike from latest blaze. Nevertheless, the elderly, parents of children and people with respiratory conditions “should be aware of the potential for elevated levels of (sulfur dioxide),” the Allegheny County Health Department said in a statement.U.S. Steel said a small fire in an electrical panel around 4:30 a.m. caused three control rooms to lose power. Though power was restored in one control room, the others remained without electricity Monday afternoon. Those facilities house equipment used to remove sulfur dioxide from coke oven gases. The company could not immediately say when the desulfurization unit would be operational again, but said in a statement that it was taking steps to “mitigate environmental impacts.”The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker is continuing to deal with significant regulatory and legal fallout from the Dec. 24 fire at Clairton, which caused $40 million in damage.Two Pennsylvania environmental groups, PennEnvironment and the Clean Air Council, have filed a federal lawsuit that alleges U.S. Steel violated the Clean Air Act by operating the plant without its desulfurization unit for more than three months. In a separate lawsuit, a woman alleges she suffered headaches, a persistent cough, throat irritation and difficulty breathing. That suit seeks class action status.Allegheny County health officials have levied more than $2 million in fines against U.S. Steel since June 2018 over persistent emissions problems at the coke works.“This just adds to a long list of permit violations and air quality issues at the plant,” said Matt Walker, community outreach director at the Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council. “Two incidents in that short amount of time should raise serious concern from regulators, elected officials and residents.”U.S. Steel’s Clairton facility produces about 4.3 million tons of coke annually to serve its own steelmaking operations and the larger commercial coke market.Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press
A British hospital has condemned as “ridiculous” Donald Trump’s suggestion that gun ownership could help combat the menace of knife crime which led to a London emergency ward being compared to a “war zone”.The US President told the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas, that because the UK has “unbelievably tough gun laws” there was “blood all over the floors” from knife attacks in one of the capital’s hospitals.It appears Mr Trump was referring to comments made by Martin Griffiths, a surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, who said last month a ward resembled an Afghan war zone due to the number of victims of knife attacks.The surgeon took to Twitter yesterday to claim the president had missed the point, adding that he was “happy to invite Mr Trump to my prestigious hospital … to discuss our successes in violence reduction in London.”Professor Karim Brohi, trauma surgeon at The Royal London Hospital and director of London’s major trauma system, said the medical staff were proud of the “excellent trauma care” they provide, adding that it was “ridiculous” for the president to suggest guns could be part of the solution to knife crime.”The Royal London Hospital has cut the number of our young patients returning after further knife attacks from 45 per cent to 1 per cent,” he said in a statement. “There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous. “Clearly, I disagree strongly with the president’s sentiments,” he said. “We know violence breeds violence. Blood will lead to blood. However, Mrs Shearer agreed with the president that knife crime was out of control and hospitals and police were bearing the brunt of the crisis.“Our wards in our hospitals are not just seeing two or three stabbings a night. They are seeing many, many more. It is so out of hand.”Lynne Booker, who son Terry, 19, was stabbed to death in 2000, said she disagreed with the Mr Trump’s suggestion that guns could be part of the solution to the menace of knife crime.”We are trying to get dangerous weapons off the streets, not put more on with guns,” she said. Patrick Green, chief executive of The Ben Kinsella Trust, an organisation set up to tackle knife crime after schoolboy Ben Kinsella was murdered in 2008, said the president’s suggestion that escalating the weaponry would help tackle knife crime was “absurd”. “We have enough of a problem with knife crime,” she said. “We don’t need a new problem with gun crime. That’s the last thing we need. We have got enough nutcases running around with knives. Can you imagine what it would be like if they had guns?“We must not go down that route otherwise we are heading for even more of a disaster.” Ben Kinsella was stabbed to death in 2008Credit:PA The backlash continued as parents of children murdered on UK condemned the American President for implying that the right to bear arms could tackle gang violence.Bhupinder Iffat Rizvi, whose 20 year old daughter, Sabina, was shot dead in Kent in 2003 after being caught up in a dispute about a car, said she was “horrified and offended” by Mr Trump’s comments.“I found his speech very, very offensive,” she said. “Since he made it I’ve had calls from other mother and fathers affected by knife and gun crime.“Mr Trump may be a businessman, and the US does see guns as big business and money is important to them, but we are mothers and have lost our children to violence.“Is he really suggesting we should legalise guns? I couldn’t believe it. Is he really saying people should pick up a gun and go and shoot someone they are in dispute with, and they can try to shoot you back?“He needs to look at his own hometowns where young people are standing up against gun ownership. They don’t want to be put in a situation where they are being shot at in schools.” “Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair.” Jay Whiston, from Clacton, who was stabbed at a party, believed to have got out of control after being advertised on FacebookCredit:PA Scotland Yard has launched 55 investigations into suspected murders in 2018. At least 35 of of those victims were stabbed to death. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Caroline Shearer, from Essex who set up Only Cowards Carry after her son Jay Whiston, 17, was murdered at a Colchester house party in September 2012, said that the last thing Britain needed was to follow America’s example where “nutcases” carry guns. “The president in my opinion has missed the point in what we are trying to do in the UK. We need to tackle knife crime by stopping young people carrying knives in the first place.”Therefore if you go around with a gun ready to shoot someone you believe is about to do you harm you will only increase the crime rate. The crime and murder rate in the US speak for themselves.“We need to go in completely the opposite direction. We know the answer to London’s knife crime problem is to stop young people carrying knives in the first place. If we do that then everything else falls into place. There will be less demand on hospitals. The police will be under less pressure. That’s the critical first step.”Mr Trump spoke to Theresa May by telephone on Saturday but the pair did not discuss his knife crime comments.In a statement the White House said they had discussed a range of issues including trade, the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the Iran nuclear deal.The statement added: “Both leaders reiterated they are looking forward to the President’s visit to the United Kingdom in July.”
Director of football Joaquin Caparros concedes that Sevilla are not optimistic over signing Alvaro Morata from Chelsea, despite the player himself being interested in making the moveSince arriving at Chelsea in July 2017 for a club-record deal of £60m from Real Madrid, Morata has been frequently linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge.The Spanish striker has only scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League games for the Blues and his struggles up front, along with fellow Olivier Giroud, has forced coach Maurizio Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Reports emerged in Spain this week claiming that Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, arrived at Sevilla on Monday to begin talks over a six-month loan deal.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But Caparros admits that Chelsea’s tough stance in negotiations makes a deal for Morata unlikely.“It is true that we have an interest in this player [Morata], but it is a very, very complicated operation,” Caparros told SevillaTV.“The player may want to come here over other options, but it is very complicated. Chelsea are a club who are very difficult to negotiate [with].”However, Caparros was able to provide Sevilla fans with more positive news by expressing his confidence in reaching a deal for Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.
KUSI Newsroom, April 4, 2018 Posted: April 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 4:11 PM LA MESA (KUSI) — The La Mesa Police Department Wednesday asked the public to help locate and identify a suspect wanted for armed robbery at a local Baskin Robbins.On Monday at approximately 9:53 p.m., a male armed with a handgun robbed the Baskin Robbins located at 8807 ½ La Mesa Boulevard, in La Mesa.The suspect entered the store and walked behind the counter, where he brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the money from the register. After one employee complied, the suspect ordered the two employees to lay face down on the floor.The suspect then fled out the front door of the business in an unknown direction.La Mesa Police Officers searched the surrounding areas with assistance from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department helicopter ASTREA, but were unable to locate the suspect.The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male adult, approximately 6’00 tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. The suspect was wearing a black ski mask, black sweatshirt, light colored pants, and dark shoes.Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS or www.sdcrimestoppers.com. You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case. KUSI Newsroom Suspect wanted for armed robbery at La Mesa Baskin Robbins
Some publishing companies that have been at the top of their categories (or even remain so) are now financially troubled and facing speculation about their fate. One is the residential construction giant Hanley Wood, long considered one of the best-run companies in b-to-b media. Another is Advanstar Communications, which was acquired by Veronis Suhler Stevenson in 2007 for $1.1 billion and is saddled with several hundred million in debt. (Advanstar is no stranger to bankruptcy—it endured the process in the early 1990s.)To be clear, our sources suggested that these companies might be vulnerable to a dramatic restructuring, not necessarily bankruptcy. Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton said the company is not considering a Chapter 11 filing. Advanstar did not immediately return a request for comment. “That big media companies with a lot of leverage [usually from private-equity related M&A activity] are filing for protection is understandable right now,” said one financial observer. “When you start seeing pure strategic companies filing, that will be the bigger story. This fall should be interesting for the traditional media landscape. Only a few companies, probably, have not breached their covenants.”Clay Hall, CEO of Aspire Media—the sprawling enthusiast publisher based in Loveland, Colorado—said there are some telltale signs for companies that might be in danger. “Companies that are not number-one or number-two in their markets are likely candidates for bankruptcy,” he said. “Companies that continue to operate with the same strategies they had several years ago. Companies with debt rations of higher than four-times EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). Companies with greater than 50 percent of revenue coming from advertising.”Leverage is usually the culprit. Even profitability doesn’t matter if the debt ratio is too large. “The companies that are vulnerable are the ones that have a lot of debt and are aggressively leveraged,” said Cam Bishop, founder of Clearview Resource Group, and a former CEO of both Intertec Publishing and Ascend Media. “And that’s the profile of most companies in the last five to eight years. That doesn’t mean they’re unprofitable. Some are extremely so, but covenant breaches that occur are primarily ratios that fall out of the range they’re allowed to be in, given the credit agreement. A publisher may only have one covenant—or several depending on the structure. They can be in compliance on all but one and then they’re in breach. That can force them into Chapter 11 or some kind of restructuring.”Coming Out of BankruptcyFOLIO: spoke with several publishing company operators about the bankruptcy potential within the industry, what publishers need to do to come out of it and the dangers along the way. Filing Chapter 11 filing doesn’t have to be the kiss of death. RDA CEO Mary Berner yesterday told staffers that its voluntary pre-arranged Chapter 11 filing is “the best type of bankruptcy to be in” and is “strictly a balance-sheet issue” with no mass lay-offs or salary cuts planned. The move will reduce Reader’s Digest’s debt from $2.2 billion to $550 million. RDA, which had been a publicly traded company, was acquired by the private-equity firm Ripplewood Holdings for $1.6 billion in 2006 ($2.4 billion if debt assumption is included).But that doesn’t mean it’s a painless process, particularly for the equity holders that get squeezed out and wiped out. The average Chapter 11 process in the U.S. runs for a year and a half and should be considered a last resort. “Once you go into Chapter 11, the courts have the authority to make decisions and you never know what the result will be,” said a publishing executive who wished to remain anonymous. “You go in with something prepackaged and the court could still cut a different deal. One thing to keep in mind is that when a publisher declares bankruptcy, its lenders aren’t collecting debt service. The only people that make out in Chapter 11 are the lawyers. They get paid first.” Chapter 11 also limits investment in a business—which can be fatal at a time when publishers are trying to reinvent themselves. “By the time a company gets to the Chapter 11 stage they’ve probably taken so much out that they’ve done irreparable damage to the brand,” said Harbor Communications president and co-founder (and former Penton president) Dan Ramella. “They probably need operating cash to give their properties a chance to revive themselves. As you continue to cut and trim back, the immediate effect is pretty imperceptible but as time goes on you’ve done so much damage to a brand it’s almost impossible to get it back.” Bankruptcy Not the Only OptionStill, filing for Chapter 11 isn’t the only recourse (and often it’s the threat of Chapter 11 that sends a company looking for alternatives). “Restructuring is an alternative to bankruptcy, but different classes of lenders have different rights when it comes to negotiating a restructuring,” said Canon Communications CEO Charlie McCurdy. “To accomplish one, lenders need to agree to a lower level of debt obligations. Often the threat of bankruptcy is used as a deterrent to bankruptcy in order to expedite an out-of-court restructuring.” Sometimes investors can put more money into the company to bring it back into compliance, but often credit agreements don’t allow that. “The PE guys would like to sell the business, that’s ideal,” said Ramella. “But given the nature of multiples and what’s happened in last couple years, business media is not as attractive to financial buyers as it has been in past. Historically, once they got in the game, they just kept selling to one another. Now the music finally stopped and the guys holding the businesses that are struggling can’t find someone to buy them.” Some private equity owners may just walk away. With Reader’s Digest reducing 75 percent of its debt, that’s basically what Ripplewood is doing. “Bankruptcy is all about not being able to pay creditors, whether it’s suppliers or banks or whatever,” said Ramella. “If one of these companies trips its covenants and the bank comes calling, they’re left with no option. They have to convince investors to put more in play and they don’t like to do that. It’s like people who have upside down mortgages—they just walk away. That’s what PE is doing when they have to go that route.” What Happens Next? While lenders began seeking stricter covenants last year, the industry may now see a return to “covenant-lite” deals that offer the publisher a little breathing room and flexibility to operate. Sales multiples will remain low, even as the “fire sales” so many financial observers were predicting earlier in the year become more common. “There are a lot of pre-backed businesses that aren’t overleveraged or at risk of going under,” said Ramella. “Some may be interested in taking such a business piecemeal, but how many want to try a whole business? That remains to be seen. A lot of companies are loath to sell individual properties over bundles, but the price of entry in publishing is not prohibitive. You do need deep enough pockets to find a good prospect, and if you’re patient, you’ll be a survivor. A lot of companies are struggling to have profit centers and brands that make money. They’re probably throwing cash off but not enough to cover the debt service. That’s where lot of these companies got caught.” With annual revenue of more than $2 billion, the Reader’s Digest Association may be the largest magazine publisher to ever file for bankruptcy. But it probably won’t be the last this year. The private-equity frenzy of the past decade, combined with the unprecedented downturn, has caught up with the industry. So far in recent months, supplier companies including distributor Source Interlink and printer Quebecor World filed for protection, and publishers including the newspaper giant (and owner of Connecticut magazine) Journal Register Co. and Cygnus Business Media have as well. Summit Business Media is said to be in the process of addressing several leverage covenant issues in its bank lending agreement, with sources saying the company has experienced a technical or paperwork default with its covenants rather than payment default issues. The publisher recently closed or sold off several business lines, including its art group and Executive Enterprise Institute.
UNICEF is launching a US$76.1 million appeal for its emergency humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh.The appeal will cover immediate needs of newly-arrived Rohingya children, as well as those who arrived before the recent influx, and children from vulnerable host communities.Such number, according to a UNICEF news release, is 720,000 children in all.Up to 60 per cent of the 500,000-plus Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since 25 August are estimated to be children, said the UNICEF.Most are now living in harsh and insanitary conditions in makeshift camps and settlements spread across the district of Cox’s Bazar, observed the global body.“Desperate, traumatised children and their families are fleeing the violence in Myanmar every day. We are scaling up our response as fast as we can, but the magnitude of need is immense and we must be able do more to help them,” said UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake, who is visiting Cox’s Bazar.“These children are being denied a childhood. They need our help now and they need our help to have a future.”Expanding the provision of safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene for Rohingya children is the overriding priority of the appeal, amid concerns over a possible outbreak of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases, according to the UNICEF.It said the majority of Rohingya children are not fully immunised against diseases such as polio.An earlier UNICEF appeal for US$7 million has been expanded to reflect the fast-growing scale of the crisis.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern meets representatives of the Muslim community at Canterbury refugee centre in Christchurch, New Zealand 16 March, 2019. Photo: ReutersNew Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after 50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on 5 April where police said he was likely to face more charges.”Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer,” Ardern said at news conference after her cabinet reached in principle decisions on gun reform laws in the wake of New Zealand’s worst ever mass shooting.In addition to the 50 killed, dozens were wounded at two mosques in the South Island city during Friday prayers.The owner of a New Zealand gun store the man charged with murder in the mosque shootings had bought firearms and ammunition online from the store, but it did not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the massacre.Gun City owner David Tipple said the alleged gunman bought four weapons and ammunition between December 2017 and March 2018.”The MSSA, military-style automatic, reportedly used by the alleged gunman was not purchased from Gun City. Gun City did not sell him an MSSA, only A-category firearms,” Tipple told a news conference in Christchurch.Under New Zealand gun laws, A-category weapons can be semi-automatic but limited to seven shots. Video of a gunman in one mosque showed a semi-automatic with a large magazine round.Tipple said the online purchases followed a police-verified online mail-order process and A-category firearms were bought in three or four purchases.”We detected nothing extraordinary about the licence holder. He was a brand new purchaser, with a brand new licence,” he said.The shock of the attacks has led to calls for an immediate tightening of laws to restrict access to some firearms, particularly semi-automatic weapons.Tipple said he supported Ardern’s call for gun law reforms as the Christchurch shootings had raised legitimate concerns.New Zealand, a country of only 5 million people, has an estimated 1.5 million firearms. The minimum age for a gun license is 16, and 18 to own a semi-automatic weapon.A Radio New Zealand report, based on police data secured through an Official Information Act request, said more than 99 per cent of people who applied for a firearms licence in 2017 were successful.A New Zealand standard A-category firearm licence is issued after a police and background check. No licence is required to buy a large round magazine, which can be illegally modified for use in such a weapon.Only firearm owners are licensed, not weapons, so there is no monitoring of how many weapons a person may possess.New Zealand’s top online marketplace Trade Me Group said it was halting the sale of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of Friday’s attack.BURIAL FRUSTRATIONSArdern was the first signatory of a national condolence book for the country’s worst mass killing that she opened in the capital Wellington on Monday.”On behalf of all New Zealanders, we grieve together. We are one. They are us,” she wrote in the book.Frustration was building among the families of victims as under Islam it is custom to conduct burials within 24 hours, but bodies will not be released until post mortems are carried out.Deputy police commissioner Wally Haumaha said the first body was approved for release on Sunday night, but the family was yet to take the body because another relative was also killed and they wanted to collect them together. He said there would be no burials on Monday.”We’ve been working fairly hard through the night to ensure the process of returning the deceased to their loved ones is taking place expediently,” he said.The burial process, which usually involves washing with three kinds of water, salving wounds and scrubbing skin, would be complicated, volunteers in Christchurch said.Mo, a volunteer who had flown in from Brisbane to wash the bodies, said the people who died in the mosques were classified as martyrs. That meant there were different views as to whether they would be washed or not because he said Islamic jurisprudence said martyrs are not to be washed as their blood was witness to their martyrdom.”But some people have said because it was not a battlefield it is okay to wash the body. But it is at the discretion of the family,” said Mo. He asked to be identified by just one name. The two mosques involved in the shootings have been closed since the massacre, but are expected to reopen by Friday prayers after cleansing blessings were carried out, said Haumaha.Muslim leaders conveyed messages of love, compassion and appreciation for the community support they had received.Over the weekend and into Monday, tens of thousands of people flocked to memorial vigils around New Zealand and a victim support website raised more than NZ$5.5 million ($3.8 million).Hundreds visited the sites of the shootings, performing songs, bringing flowers and food, and offering condolences.”Through all of this we try to remember that what we are bringing back to this tragedy, this horror, is a sense of compassion,” Rehanna Ali, coordinator of women’s affairs’ at the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, told a news conference. “The response to so much hate, has been love.”