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Despite Lok Sabha debacle, Opposition in Maharashtra to fight Assembly polls together

first_imgThe Opposition parties on Tuesday agreed to keep their alliance on track for the Assembly polls due later this year, despite the drubbing it received by the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra. “We reflected on the Lok Sabha poll results and discussed the Assembly polls. We, in general, agreed to come together. We are yet to discuss things in detail and take final decision,” Maharashtra Congress committee president Ashok Chavan told reporters after the meeting.The Congress leader, who lost from Nanded, blamed the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) formed by Prakash Ambedkar and AIMIM for the defeat of the opposition alliance. He said the situation would have been better had the VBA joined the anti-BJP parties.Asked whether opposition would approach the VBA for an alliance, Mr. Chavan said, “The main issue is whether they are willing to be part of the grand alliance. We had tried last time, but they did not come together.” He however added that there was no discussion on aligning with Raj Thackeray-led MNS for the Assembly polls.He also said that the BJP was trying to poach Congress and NCP legislators, but would not succeed. Asked whether senior party leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil is joining the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said, “Technically, he (Vikhe Patil) is still a member of the Congress. It is likely he may join the ruling party. I don’t think our MLAs will join the BJP. The BJP is trying to poach Congress or NCP MLAs. But I don’t think it will happen, we are being alert,” he added.Meanwhile, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti, who also attended the meeting, said he met Mr. Thackeray earlier in the day.“We shared our views. He had addressed a rally for me during the Lok Sabha polls. Hence, I met him after coming here,” said Mr. Shetti, who lost from Hatkanangale. The meeting was also attended by NCP leaders Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar and Dhananjay Munde, CPI leader Prakash Reddy, Ashok Dhawale of the CPI(M) and the Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi.last_img read more

I’ve got a family pack, no six-pack: Armaan Jain

first_imgArmaan Jain, Bollywood’s new kid on the block, says he doesn’t have the perfect six-pack abs but he follows a regular workout regimen.Most newcomers in tinsel town come with a perfect physique complete with the six-pack.Does Armaan aim for it too?”I’ve got a family pack! There is no six-pack. If (in a film) my character demands, I will work on my body. But I am into sports. I work out daily for two hours besides playing football, cricket and tennis,” Armaan said here.Most newcomers in tinsel town come with a perfect physique complete with the six-pack.He is making his debut with Arif Ali-directed “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”, which also features Deeksha Seth.Before facing the camera, Armaan has had a taste of filmmaking when he assisted filmmaker Karan Johar.”I assisted Karan Johar for three years – during ‘My Name is Khan’, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ and ‘Student Of The Year’. I got very influenced by his direction. I am fascinated with the art of filmmaking. I didn’t go to Karan with the idea that he would launch me…but I went to learn direction,” he said.Armaan also misses working as an assistant.”I wish I could go back on the set. I was purely into acting (initially), but when I started learning direction, I got interested in it. I made short films as well, and now I have developed a new passion for direction,” added the youngster, who happens to be the cousin of actor Ranbir Kapoor.advertisementlast_img read more

Harmanpreet extends Sydney Thunder contract, Mandhana signed by Hobart Hurricanes

first_imgIndian women’s Twenty20 team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has extended her stay at Sydney Thunder for the fourth season of the Women’s Big Bash League. Harmanpreet, the first India player to be signed up by a BBL team, proved a useful all-rounder for Sydney Thunder.Harmanpreet was the top scorer for Thunder in the second season when she amassed 296 runs in 12 innings with a strike rate of 117 and an average of 59.20. Not surprisingly then, she was adjudged Thunder’s Player of the Tournament.Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana, the vice-captain of India’s T20 side, has been roped in by Hobart Hurricanes for the T20 league. The attacking opening batter previously appeared for Brisbane Heat in the WBBL 02 season.Having posted her maiden international hundred in an ODI against Australia at Blundstone Arena in 2016 in Tasmania, Smriti said she is looking forward to showcasing her talent for the new team.”I’ve heard from many players that the Hurricanes group is a great squad to be around and I can’t wait to get to Tasmania for the matches,” she said.Hurricanes’ coach Salliann Briggs said he was delighted with her squad’s final signing.”Mandhana is a proven performer on the world stage, we saw that just last week with her knock against the Aussies,” she said.”I can’t wait to see her in purple, she’s an exciting addition not only for us but for the whole competition.”Women’s Big Bash League starts from December 1 when Perth Scorchers take on Hobart Hurricanes in the first match in Melbourne.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Crew of Arrested Bulker in Tauranga Paid after Months

first_imgzoom The crew of the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Lancelot V., which has been stuck in the Port of Tauranga for three weeks, have received interim payments after unions intervened following several months of limbo.Namely, following a hearing in the High Court last week, USD 23,000 in interim wages was obtained to be distributed amongst the crew for the time being. Wages to the crew had stopped about two months previously.The Greek owned bulk carrier is under arrest at the Port of Tauranga, where the International Transport Workers’ Federation has been working with its local affiliate, the Maritime Union of New Zealand, on behalf of crew.Maritime Union officials first visited the vessel at the Ports of Auckland in May.They followed up complaints that crew members had not been repatriated to their home countries after their contracts had expired, as well as problems with pay, which was below ILO minimum standards.A Maritime New Zealand ship inspection in Auckland revealed defects to several cranes.  The ship then sailed to Tauranga where she was arrested by her charterers for breach of the charterparty.  She was also detained by Maritime New Zealand when her annual classification society certificates expired.Crew visas expired during this time, forcing them to remain on board as virtual prisoners until Immigration New Zealand issued temporary visas. The ITF is seeking the prompt repatriation of all crew members to their home countries once the remaining back pay claims, estimated to be over USD 100,000, have been resolved and for the crew to be paid at ITF rates by the charterer in the meantime.ITF New Zealand inspector Grahame McLaren says the problems with the ship are a result of the deregulated shipping industry where “flag of convenience” shipping has undermined safety and standards.“These ships of shame are coming into New Zealand ports. They are ripping off their crews and creating a health and safety hazard in ports and on the New Zealand coast.”last_img read more

No proposal to privatise OFB Defence Ministry

first_imgNew Delhi: The Defence Ministry on Saturday categorically said that there is no plan to privatise the Ordnance Factory Board and efforts are being made to enhance the functioning of the ammunition manufacturer.”Discussions are continuously being held by a committee of very senior officials of the Defence Ministry with employees federations of OFB and engage with them positively and constructively on all aspects relating to the corporatisation of OFB. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”It was also clarified that the government is not proposing to privatise OFB and any apprehension in this regard is misplaced,” said Ajay Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production. State-run OFB is a leading producer of ammunition for the defence forces and has over one lakh employees. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to “stall and reverse the process of corporatisation and privatisation” of ordnance factories. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe corporatisation of OFB will bring it at par with other Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), it said. “This is in the interest of OFB as it will provide operational freedom and flexibility to OFB which it presently lacks. Besides, the interests of the workers will be adequately safeguarded in any decision taken on the subject,” the statement said. The committee also pointed out that the government has been trying to strengthen the functioning of OFB, including having taken several steps to modernise the factories, re-skill OFB employees at government cost, enable the development of products and components with indigenous technology, the ministry said on Friday. “The committee urged the employee organisations to recognise government’s efforts to make OFB into a competitive, productive and efficient organisation with higher turnover and enhanced profitability, which would also be in the interest of the employees. Therefore, the committee once again urged the employee organisations to withdraw their proposed strike,” it said. Indian Ordnance Factories is the oldest and largest industrial setup which functions under the Department of Defence Production of the Ministry of Defence.last_img read more

Ottawa police officer Chris Hrnchiar pleads guilty to discreditable conduct

first_imgAPTN National NewsOttawa police sergeant Chris Hrnchiar pleaded guilty to two counts of discreditable conduct in court Tuesday and apologized for his actions.The charges followed an investigation by the professional standards section of the Ottawa police service that found Hrnchiar wrote racist and disparaging comments about Indigenous people after the death of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook.Pootoogook’s body was found in the Rideau river outside downtown Ottawa Sept. 19.See related stories here: Annie PootoogookThe comments were posted by Hrnchiar through Facebook in response to an Ottawa Citizen story about her death.Hrnchiar posted that Pootoogook’s death “could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned, who knows.” He also wrote that” much of the Aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers.”Annie Pootoogook in 2012. APTN/FileIn court Hrnchiar faced the public gallery and apologized.“I want to apologize to everyone sincerely for my actions,” he said, including the ‘Aboriginal’ community. “I am sorry for the hurt I caused.”The Ottawa police service called the comments “inappropriate” and “racist.”The force is seeking a demotion in rank, from Sgt to First Class Constable for a period of three months and multicultural training.The judgment is held over and a decision will be released in a written statement on Dec. 7.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Annan approves supervisory board for East Timor presidential elections

The elections are set for 14 April, and the Board will remain in session until 20 April when the certified results are announced, a UN spokesman said. The three Timorese members of the Commission are Benjamin Corte Real, the Director of the University of East Timor; Antero Benedito da Silva, former head of the non-governmental organization (NGO) forum; and Maria Aurora dos Reis, Director of the Christian Children’s Fund in East Timor. The two international commissioners are Horacio Boneo from Argentina, former director of the UN’s Electoral Assistance Division and currently a electoral and governance consultant, and Walter Rigamoto, the Supervisor of Elections in Fiji.

Ford surprises with lower 2Q profit on trouble in US China

Ford surprises with lower 2Q profit on trouble in US, China FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, photo, the Ford blue oval badge is in the grill of a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT on display in the showroom at Butler County Ford in Butler, Pa. Ford reports financial results Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co.’s shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings and warned that things could get worse in the second half of the year.Ford’s net income fell 9 per cent to $2.0 billion in the second quarter as the company struggled with flattening U.S. sales and a tougher market in China.The Dearborn, Michigan-based company said its full-year guidance — which calls for a pretax profit of $10 billion to $11 billion — remains intact but is at risk. Among the looming issues in the second half of this year are the expensive launch of Ford’s new aluminum-sided Super Duty pickup truck and an expected $145 million hit to sales in Britain because of its vote to leave the European Union.The automaker’s shares fell $1.13, or 8.2 per cent, to finish at $12.71 Thursday.Ford CEO Mark Fields said the company will take actions to improve its results, including cutting production to meet demand and making sure all markets have the right mix of vehicles.“It’s kind of like when you’re having a bad golf game you just play through it,” he said.It wasn’t the result many had expected. After Ford’s chief rival General Motors Co. reported last week that its second-quarter profit more than doubled to $2.87 billion, many analysts thought they’d hear similar good news from Ford.There was some good news. Because of its strong first quarter, Ford still managed to a record first-half operating profit of $6.8 billion. In Europe — long a trouble spot — second-quarter sales rose 11 per cent and pretax profits nearly tripled to $467 million, thanks in part to stronger sales in Russia.But Ford also fed into many investors’ lingering worries about slowing U.S. sales and market pressures in China.“They’re trying to underpromise and overdeliver for the back half of the year,” said James Albertine, an auto analyst with Consumer Edge Research.Ford’s results reflected some Ford-specific problems, like the Super Duty launch. But its warnings about U.S. sales could dampen the whole industry. Ford’s Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said after an unprecedented growth streak, the U.S. market is starting to plateau. Pretax results in the region fell 5 per cent to $2.7 billion.Ford’s North American sales were flat from a year ago, and Ford’s market share in the region didn’t budge despite a big increase in incentive spending. Ford spent $3,475 per vehicle on incentives, compared to $2,700 in the same quarter last year, according to estimates from Kelley Blue Book.“We don’t see growth, at least in the near term,” Shanks said. Ford lowered its estimates for full-year industry sales in the U.S.GM’s shares dropped 3.2 per cent to finish at $30.99.There were other storm clouds. Shanks said Britain’s exit vote will likely cost the company $400 million to $500 million annually in lower sales and weaker currency until the exit is completed. There’s too much uncertainty to predict much after that, Shanks said, but the company is considering how to mitigate its risks. Ford is the top-selling brand in the U.K. and has engine and transmission plants there.In Asia, Ford recorded its first pretax loss — of $8 million — in more than three years. Shanks said Ford sold fewer commercial vehicles in China and spent heavily on engineering and warranty costs. The weaker yuan also impacted sales of its luxury Lincoln brand.Ford’s losses in South America also more than doubled to $265 million because of continuing economic issues in the region.Ford Credit also surprised with a 21-per cent decline in earnings to $400 million. Ford’s credit arm noted an increase in delinquent accounts and lower auction values for small cars, which are in low demand.Ford’s adjusted profit, of 52 cents per share, compared to a profit of 54 cents per share in the April-June period year ago. That missed Wall Street’s expectation of a profit of 60 cents per share, according to analysts polled by FactSet. Excluding one-time items such as separation payments, Ford earned 49 cents.Revenue was up 6 per cent to $39.5 billion. Automotive revenue of $37 billion beat analysts’ expectations. Ford sold 1.7 million vehicles during the quarter, which was flat from a year ago.Ford’s automotive operating margin fell from 8.4 per cent in the second quarter last year to 7.7 per cent this year. Its North American operating margin fell from 12.2 per cent to 11.3 per cent. by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2016 5:12 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Arkansas quarterback Cole Kelley to transfer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas quarterback Cole Kelley has announced he will transfer. But the redshirt sophomore did not say on Twitter where he will go.Kelley did not travel to games at Mississippi State and Missouri and finished the year as a scout team tight end. He had a 3-3 record in six starts the past two years.Last season, he filled in for the injured Austin Allen midway through the schedule and led the team to wins against Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina.He opened this season as the starter, but Ty Storey ended up starting nine of the 12 games. Kelley finished the season with 455 yards passing with five touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 73 yards and three scores.The Associated Press

Row over Peterborough Armistice event as senior cleric accused of sabotage

John Higgs, the treasurer of the Trust, said he was “furious” at the cancellation.”It’s an absolutely nonsensical decision,” he said, adding that the committee had been planning the event for over a year and he had been forced to tell almost 100 choir members that it would no longer be going ahead with less than a month’s notice. A spokesman for the cathedral denied the allegations of sabotage and said: “The Cathedral regrets that sales of tickets for the commemoration of the Commonwealth contribution to World War I, Forward Together, have been disappointing.  “Because of this, and despite generous sponsorship, the costs of running the event would not have been covered.  With great reluctance the decision was therefore taken to cancel what would have been a memorable event.”We hope that the many other commemorative events being held at the Cathedral, within Peterborough, and around the diocese will offer the opportunity for everyone properly to recognise the sacrifices of all who fought in this tragic war.”A page on the cathedral’s website promises refunds for anyone who has bought tickets or sponsored the event. A row has broken out over an armistice service at Peterborough cathedral as a senior cleric has been accused of sabotaging a First World War Commonwealth ceremony.Trustees at the Peterborough Cathedral Trust accused former acting Dean Tim Alban Jones of deliberately failing to promote the October 6 event, which has now been cancelled, because – it’s claimed – he did not approve of its military flavour. Jimmy James, the secretary of the trust, said that Mr Alban Jones had pressured the organisers to change the emphasis from celebrating the Commonwealth’s contribution to victory in the First World War to commemorating the armistice. The cathedral said the event had been cancelled because of “disappointing” ticket sales and said the cost of running the event would not have been covered. Mr James admitted that as of Friday less than 100 tickets had been sold, of the 750 that would be needed to fill the cathedral, but blamed Mr Alban Jones, now vice dean of the cathedral, for failing to promote it properly. He said advertising for the event had been delayed by two months and that events had been scheduled for shortly before and after the evening, and promoted before the Trust’s event, which Mr James believed damaged ticket sales.Mr James believes that Mr Jones persuaded the rest of the clergy that “we shouldn’t be celebrating the victory, we should just be commemorating the participation in the war” adding “I think he’s got a problem with all of that, I think, in common with a lot of Church of England clergy.”Asked if he believed the event was deliberately sabotaged, he said: “I’d get pretty close to that, yes, very close indeed.”Prominent figures including the High Commissioners from Australia and Canada were slated to appear at the event, which was supposed to feature “military music from around the Commonwealth” and songs from the First World War. Trustees said it would have raised £15,000 for the cathedral, which has been beset by financial problems in recent years. A cashflow crisis in 2016 meant that the cathedral had to be bailed out with a loan from the church commissioners, after it was revealed that staff were in danger of not being paid. Mr Alban Jones, who is also chaplain to the bishop of Peterborough, was acting dean between October last year and January this year, when current Dean Chris Dalliston took over.  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. read more

Vice President Mike Pence to visit San Diego Thursday

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 9, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The office of Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday announced plans for him to visit San Diego County later this week, part of a three-day swing through California and Texas to visit constituents, military bases and immigrant detention centers.Pence is expected to arrive in San Diego on Wednesday night, then visit U.S. Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on Thursday. While at the base, Pence is also expected to tour the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro, which is normally homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, and is tasked with seizing drugs in international waters.While in San Diego, Pence will also attend a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.Although Pence has not visited San Diego County in an official capacity since taking office in January 2017, he traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, located about 100 miles east of San Diego in Imperial County, in April 2018 to discuss immigration policy and view renovated areas of border fencing.“We’re thrilled to have the vice president in town,” said Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republic Party of San Diego County. “The Trump-Pence administration has provided more support and respect for our military service members than the previous administration and it’s much appreciated.”Pence is scheduled to visit U.S. Naval Air Station Lemoore and Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday. On Friday, he plans to visit the Donna immigrant detention facility in McAllen, Texas. Vice President Mike Pence to visit San Diego Thursday Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter July 9, 2019last_img read more

Corral injured in Prairies win

first_imgHeather Corral suffered a knee injury in the Prairie girls basketball team’s 62-43 win over Wilson on Tacoma on Saturday and her status is uncertain.Corral left Saturday’s game in Auburn in the second quarter and did not return. Prairie coach Al Aldridge said Corral would be re-evaluated after visiting the doctor on Monday.Corral suffered a torn ligament in her knee in December 2009, missing the remainder of her sophomore season.Corral scored eight points Saturday before leaving. Prairie led 32-12 at halftime. Wilson rallied back after Corral was hurt to close within 39-31 after three quarters before the Falcons (23-0) put the game away in the fourth quarter.Angela Gelhar and Lauren Goecke led the Falcons with 16 points each.Prairie will play Kennedy of Burien in the Class 3A bi-district tournament championship game at 2 p.m. Monday at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The Falcons will then advance to the regional portion of the state tournament on Friday in either Auburn or Bellevue.last_img read more

Fire rescue put out Davie construction shed blaze

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A construction shed caught on fire at a Davie strip mall.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene of the construction shed, located on the roof of the strip mall in Davie, as it burned, Monday.Davie Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Griffin Road and University Drive.They tweeted pictures of the smoke and flames and managed to put the fire out quickly.No one was hurt. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

POLICE LOG for July 29 Horses Get Loose Twice Gallop Around Neighborhood

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, July 29, 2018:Police received report two horses were loose in the street on Chestnut Street. Owner was able to get horses back in corral. Owner will attempt to figure out how the horses got out. (2:04am)A caller stated a green kayak with nobody in it was floating in Silver Lake. Officer stated that when she opened the lake earlier in the morning, there was a kayak in the water with someone in it. A person fishing on the pier was able to bring the kayak to shore. He said he did not see anybody fall in. Kayak was left in backyard of 9 Grove Avenue. Homeowner was OK with police leaving it there. (6:30am)Social media officer took a report of a tree down across Birch Road. Pole snapped in half. RMLD and Tree Department responded. RMLD temporarily cut power to the area. (7:34pm)A caller reported a loose horse in the rad on Hillside Way. Dispatch contacted the farm owner. Horses were collected and brought back to owner. (9:07pm)A male party with no shirt and white shorts was seen dancing and throwing his backpack around on Main Street, near Market Basket. Party said he was transported by the Tewksbury Police Department to the Wilmington line. Party is attempting to get to a friend’s house near Lucci’s. Police contacted friend to see if party could stay at his residence. Friend declined. Police drove party to Lowell. (10:12pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 18: Cat Gets Stuck In Wall After Plastering Project; Baby Raccoons Get Stuck In ChimneyIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 11: Florida Man Arrested; Hit & Run At Gas Station; Highway CrashIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Supreme Court refuses to extend deadline for counselling

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to extend the schedule of counselling for filling up of 603 vacant seats in postgraduate medical and dental courses in deemed universities and private colleges. A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant disposed of a plea by the Education Promotion Society of India, a registered group of over 1,300 educational institutions of the country, seeking to extend the counselling to facilitate admission to vacant seats. Also Read – Custody of Ratul Puri extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The top court had earlier said that the question is not whether it has power to do it but whether it should allow the deemed universities and colleges to fill up their vacant seats by making an exception to the set schedule of admissions. Deemed universities and colleges had claimed that they have around 1,000 seats vacant in the post-graduate medical courses and if stray vacancy counselling round is extended then such seats could be filled.last_img read more

Syria planning another chemical weapons attack US

first_imgSyrian President Bashar al-Assad. Reuters File photoThe White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducts such an attack.The White House statement said preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base.Trump ordered the strike on the Shayrat airfield in Syria in April in reaction to what Washington said was a poison gas attack by Assad’s government that killed at least 70 people in rebel-held territory. Syria denied it carried out the attack.The strike was the toughest direct US action yet in Syria’s six-year-old civil war, raising the risk of confrontation with Russia and Iran, Assad’s two main military backers.US officials at the time called the intervention a “one-off” intended to deter future chemical weapons attacks and not an expansion of the US role in the Syrian war.The United States has taken a series of actions over the past three months demonstrating its willingness to carry out strikes, mostly in self-defense, against Syrian government forces and their backers, including Iran.The United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Twitter: “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people.”Since the April military strike, Washington has repeatedly struck Iranian-backed militia and even shot down a drone threatening US-led coalition forces. The US military also shot down a Syrian jet earlier this month.Trump has also ordered stepped-up military operations against the Islamic State militant group and delegated more authority to his generals.last_img read more

Abhishek likely to visit Balurghat on August 7 boost party workers

first_imgBALURGHAT: Trinamool MP and party’s youth president Abhishek Banerjee is expected to visit Balurghat on August 7 in a party programme to boost up party workers in a bid to see good results for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll, South Dinajpur district party president Biplab Mitra said on Wednesday.Apart from Banerjee, senior party leaders Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim and Subrata Bakshi are scheduled to attend Balurghat with him. According to Mitra, thousands of party workers and supporters covering all eight blocks will attend the programme, where Banerjee will deliver the message of party supremo Mamata Banerjee to exhibit her planning on how to fight with the communal forces in the forthcoming ballot battle in 2019. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNotably, in the last Parliamentary poll, popular theatre personality Arpita Ghosh had bagged the Balurghat seat and dedicated it to Banerjee, while the people had voted for Mamata Banerjee to gear up the plethora of development projects undertaken during her two-term state ruling. Consequently and due to this, plenty of workers from different political parties have shifted to Trinamool in recent times.According to the political observers, Mamata has now set her target to strengthen the support base, covering each block of the district and the party has started boosting itself from the booth level. Mitra has asked the leaders and workers to initiate measures regarding the visit of Abhishek Banerjee. He has already conducted a party meeting at Gangarampur Marwari Bhavan on Tuesday, to chalk out a blueprint to ensure his visit becomes a memorable one.”Communal BJP is planning to stop development in Bengal. Our leader Mamata Banerjee is well aware of it. She has already delivered a stern message to us through her rejuvenating speech on Martyrs’ Day on July 21. Our party’s youth president Abhishek Banerjee is scheduled to arrive here on August 7, along with some senior state level leaders,” Mitra said.last_img read more

Housing Gap is Widening Within Some Metros

first_img May 31, 2016 480 Views in Headlines, News There are “hot” and “cold” housing markets spread out all over the country as each market has recovered at its own pace. The gap between hot and cold housing communities in some cases exists within the same core-based statistical area (CBSA), according to Pro Teck Valuation Services’ latest Home Value Forecast.One extreme case is the Nassau County-Suffolk County, New York CBSA, which ranks seventh overall in CBSAs for May and the data generally indicates a seller’s market for housing. For example, sales are up 11 percent, active listings are down 44 percent, and months of remaining inventory (MRI) is down almost 50 percent. Another indicator of a seller’s market in Nassau-Suffolk is a 55 percent drop in the number of active days on the market, down to 41.Within the Nassau-Suffolk CBSA, the community of Roslyn stands out as a hot market with an average house price of just below $1.2 million—an all-time high for that area. However, in Island Park, less than 20 miles from Roslyn, home prices average around $288,000 after peaking at $500,000 in 2006.“At Home Value Forecast we like to say that all real estate trends are local, and what’s happening in one community doesn’t translate to the next,” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of Pro Teck Valuation Services. “This is very true in Long Island, where the differences between wealthy communities and the rest is significant.”Top 10 CBSAs this month include:Boise City, IDPortland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WASacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CASeattle-Bellevue-Everett, WAStockton-Lodi, CALos Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CANassau County-Suffolk County, NYPortland-South Portland, MERiverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CAOakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CABottom 10 CBSAs this month include:Midland, TXBillings, MTVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NCRacine, WIRockford, ILAtlantic City-Hammonton, NJGary, INJackson, MIJacksonville, NCMadison, WIAveraging CBSAs often do not show the entire real estate picture, according to Pro Teck. In many cases, such as that in Nassau-Suffolk, real estate markets within the CBSA have “recovered” or “rebounded,” while in others they are still struggling.“Of the 143 ZIP codes we track in the Nassau-Suffolk CBSA, only 28 communities, 19.6 percent of the total, have exceeded pre-crash home price highs,” said O’Grady. “As the recovery continues, we look for that number to increase.”Click here to view the entire Pro Teck Home Valuation Forecast for May. ‘Housing Gap’ is Widening Within Some Metroscenter_img Home Value Forecast Housing Markets Real Estate Markets 2016-05-31 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more