Australia’s familiar collapse leaves Pakistan in control of first Test

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Cricket match reports How Sri Lanka’s magical 1996 cocktail paved the way for Morgan’s men Since you’re here… Share on Twitter But really it was the same issue with Australia sides who can’t find a way to hold it together when things get tough. For two days, Pakistan’s batsmen were singing Radiohead lyrics: no alarms and no surprises. They never dominated the run rate but dominated occupation. They built their imposing 482 through patience, knowing the pitch contained no demons.Australia faced quality bowling from practitioners more accustomed to the conditions but nonetheless it was never impossible. Finch and Khawaja had batted through a mini-session the previous evening, then the entire morning session of day three, adding 107 runs into the bargain.Finch lofted the ball when spinners pitched full, and cut or pulled when short, but mostly concentrated on working it around and sweating through his shirt as he ran up and down. Khawaja had a few slips in concentration and a dose of luck, but mostly held admirable focus, moving around the crease to defend against the spinners, and releasing pressure against the seamers.Their strengths brought both undone. Pakistan brought in a short straight mid-off and mid-on given Finch’s liking for a firm straight drive, and he thumped the seamer Mohammad Abbas firmly at ankle height to the latter for Asad Shafiq to take a smart catch.Khawaja nailed a sweep from Bilal, then lost concentration for a second and followed the same action to a shorter ball. He was standing upright, never in position, so it became an awkward lap shot whose top edge landed with leg slip.Shaun Marsh had come and gone, promoted to first drop to take responsibility as the senior batsman, then lashing at an off-break to give Shafiq a slip catch and Bilal his first Test wicket. With Marsh and Khawaja in his pocket, Bilal wanted a full set. All eight of the deliveries that Head faced came from the off-spinner, who forced the batsman forward and back, beat his edge twice, and had the field set to stifle his attempts to score.After making Head play at seven straight balls, Bilal turned one a fraction wider, and Head’s desperate lash was edged to a diving Haris Sohail at second slip. His bendy wrist imparts a huge amount of overspin on the ball, giving him bounce as well as turn, enough to have Labuschagne glove his second ball to short leg.Bilal’s fifth came with a faint edge off captain Tim Paine to bat-pad, while Abbas turned in a skilful spell tailored for dry conditions, at the stumps with a hint of reverse, to trap Mitchell Marsh, bowl Peter Siddle, and nick off Mitchell Starc. Nathan Lyon gave Bilal a final bonus by slapping to square leg.Three ducks, seven single-figure scores, and a high score of 12: such was the effort from the nine batsmen after the openers. Even extras managed to scrape together 13. The total was 202, the deficit 280, and even though Australia nabbed three wickets at the cost of 45 runs by stumps, with two days to play they had left themselves no way back into the game.Whether the partisan reaction was delight or disappointment, the feeling for those around the Australia team and those who support it was all too familiar. Equally familiar was the bewilderment about why this keeps happening, and what can be done. Share on Messenger In the modern era, the spectre of the batting collapse has haunted the Australia Test team like the ghost of Christmas past. It’s not just the Cape Town 47 or the Trent Bridge 60 or the Hobart 85. There are plenty of less memorable slumps that have filled the gaps between those centrepiece debacles.Not just the 10 for 92 in Johannesburg or the 10 for 50 in Cape Town that were the mark of a broken team earlier this year. There was last year’s eight for 86 in Chittagong against Bangladesh, or in India the seven for 50 in Dharamsala and the 10 for 90 in Bengaluru. Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Pakistan cricket team Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Reuse this content Share via Email Read more Australia sport Before South Africa’s 2016 hit job in Hobart, they had already knocked over 10 Australia wickets in Perth for 86. Or earlier that year in Sri Lanka, Australia lost a whole side for the addition of 83 in Colombo and 106 in Galle. Or before the famous Ashes rout at Trent Bridge in 2015, there was being bowled out for 136 at Edgbaston.There are more, but I won’t keep throwing numbers. Except to say that losing the entire batting side after a good opening partnership is a popular variant. Cape Town in 2018 was one. Port Elizabeth in 2014, when a stand of 126 was followed by 10 for 90. Or Port Elizabeth 2018, when no wicket fell for 98 before they all fell for another 145.As such, losing 10 for 60 in Dubai is just part of a rich tradition. Losing 10 for 60 after an opening stand of 142 made it a standout example of that tradition. In fact, no Australia team had ever lost 10 wickets so cheaply after a century opening stand. A little extra lustre to the jewel in the tiara.On its first outing, this new-look Australia side conformed seamlessly to the tendencies of the old. Six wickets for the Pakistan debutant Bilal Asif, with his fascinating wristy off-breaks. Zero runs for the Australia debutants Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, both dismissed by Bilal. “That’s luck,” he said with a shrug and a smile after play.Pity the poor opening batsmen who do the hard work and get let down. The third debutant Aaron Finch made 62, Usman Khawaja 85, before things fell apart. Of course decorum and team environment demands they succumb to outrageous politeness, in the style of a person who apologises to you after you stand on their foot. “I probably left us hanging there only getting 60,” Finch told Wisden’s radio broadcast after play. “If I go on and get 140, 150, and Ussie does the same, we’re probably in a different situation.” Topics Australia cricket teamlast_img read more

Test drive: Autodromo Stradale Automatic at Pebble Beach 2014

first_img Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Editors’ Recommendations Last week at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, I had the distinct pleasure to “test drive” the latest chronograph creation from the fine fellows at Autodromo. It’s called the Stradale Automatic and it’s a true thing of motoring-inspired beauty.In Italian, “stradale” means “road going” and this new flagship timepiece is certainly that. With domed sapphire crystal and a band that conjures images of foregone Ferrari roadsters, the Stradale is – just like with all other Autodromo products – influenced by sports cars of yore. Specifically, dashboard instruments from Italian sports berlinettas of the late 1950s and early 1960s inspired the three-dimensional face of the Stradale.The Stradale is designed to inspire its owner – and onlookers alike – to get out onto the open road and enjoy the majesty that is open-top motoring. And I’d say it succeeds. I’ve long been a fan of the Autodromo brand. In fact, I picked up the brand’s first model several years ago. Still to this day, the watch attracts attention and compliments.The Stradale is no different. As I sauntered around the Concourso Italiano snapping pictures in front of some of the finest Italian cars ever built, people came up and inquired about the timepiece.Aside from the attention it garnered me, I loved the size and feel of the Stradale. It’s thick without feeling chunky. It’s well weighted, too; it feels significant without straining my arm. Also, the face is nicely sized at 40 mm, so I never felt like my wrist was lost behind a big hunk of steel.Add to all that the designer’s attention to detail and I was hooked. The hour indexes are applied to a transparent glass ring, floating over the colored dial, creating a 3D effect. And if you flip the watch over, you’ll be treated to a glimpse of the 24 jewel Japan-Made automatic movement, beautifully finished and displayed behind a sapphire exhibition caseback.Unfortunately, I had to give the watch back after 24 hours. However, it quickly captured a place in my heart and hopefully soon a place in my collection. If, like me, you’d like to add the Autodromo Stradale to your wardrobe, it can be pre-ordered on the Autodromo website for $875.SpecificationsMiyota 9015 automatic 24 jewel mechanical movementCalendar complication and hackingSapphire crystals, front and rearStainless steel caseWater resistant to 50 Meters (5 ATM)Genuine leather strapCase diameter 40mmCase thickness 10.8mmStrap width 18mm at lugsInternal K1 glass ring with number indexes 1. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 2. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 3. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 4. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 5. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 6. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 7. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 8. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 9. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 10. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 11. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 12. Autodromo Stradale Automatic 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional center_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable How to Shave With a Straight Razorlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. Detour signage is available. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil September 2004. A detour is available around the bridge.Traffic control consists of a detour sign. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Road The southern end of Joudrey Road, off Route 6 in Pictou West, isclosed to all traffic until further notice while bridgeinspections are carried out. A detour is available via Mountain Road or Louisville Road. Signsare posted indicating alternate routes. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Motorists are advised to use caution when approaching work zones. The Department of Transportation and Public Works appreciatesyour patience. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) Motorists are advised that there will be one-lane closures on theCabot Trail (Trunk 30) until Wednesday, June 30, while repavingwork is being carried out. The closures will begin at Point deHavre Road in Cheticamp and extend north to Cape Breton HighlandsNational Park. The closures will be in effect weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.Both directions of traffic will be affected periodically. Traffic control will be in place and motorists are asked to useextra caution while driving in this area. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Various Locations Motorists are asked to watch for lane and ramp closures on majorhighways in the Halifax Regional Municipality on Saturday andSunday, June 5 and 6. Crews will be repairing lights from 4 p.m. to midnight on thefollowing highways and roads: Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Irving Bell Bridge The Irving Bell Bridge, located 500 metres west of Byers Corneron Route 246, near Tatamagouche, will be closed for repairs untilMonday, June 7. A detour is available via Balmoral Road and Marshall Road. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-456-9942 Fax: 902-864-7811 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Lane closures on selected MicMac Parclo ramps on Highway 111 inDartmouth continue to be in effect from Friday, June 4 to Friday,June 11. Road crews are carrying out repaving work between 7 a.m. and 8p.m. weekdays and between 7 a.m. and noon Sundays. On the morning of Sunday, June 6, certain ramps will be fullyclosed and detours will be in place. During the week, one lanewill be open on ramps at all times. Traffic control will consistof signage and lane drops. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge Heavy trucks will be forced to detour around the Grand Etangbridge between Margaree and Cheticamp, on the Cabot Trail untilfurther notice. A detour for heavy trucks is available via Pembrooke Lake Roadand Carding Mill Road. The weight restrictions are posted and vary depending on thenumber of axles on the truck. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent lane closures on two sections ofHighway 102 until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic travelling innorthbound lanes will be affected periodically while repaving iscarried out. Work will take place daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Section 1 begins 1.3 kilometres north of Commo Road, nearStewiacke, and stretches 5.3 kilometres to Shortts Lake RoadMultiplate, near Brookfield. Section 2 begins from the north side of Robie Structure, nearTruro, and stretches 3.4 kilometres to the intersection ofHighway 102 and Highway 104. Traffic control will consist of signage and motorists are askedto use extra caution while driving in these areas. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol consists of traffic control persons. Work takes placefrom 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local area office: 902-499-3785 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Barra Strait Bridge Clearance for marine traffic under the Barra Strait bridge atGrand Narrows will be restricted until Wednesday, June 30. Apainting project is being carried out and the lift span will notbe in operation. Larger marine vessels will not be able to passunderneath the bridge during this period. The work will take place from Monday to Saturday, between 7 a.m.and 6 p.m. There will be delays for vehicles for short periods of time.Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 One lane will be closed on the ramp onto the Trunk 1 underpassstructure off Highway 101 in Lower Sackville from Friday, May 28to Wednesday, June 30. Road crews will be carrying out bridgerehabilitation work. The lane closure will be in effect 24 hours a day until the workis completed. Traffic control will consist of barrels andbarriers. One lane will remain open at all times, but motorists mayexperience delays and are asked to use exercise extra cautionwhen driving in this area. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 105 Motorists are advised that there will be full lane closures onHighway 105 between Groves Point Road and the Highway 125interchange, near Halfway Road until Wednesday, June 30. Bothdirections of traffic will be affected periodically while roadcrews carry out cold planing and asphalt paving. Most of the work will take place at night, between 7 p.m. and 7a.m. weekdays, and between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. weekends. Alternative routes will be available for local traffic only viaRoute 305 or the Georges River Road. Traffic control will consistof traffic control persons. Motorists should expect short delays during these times and areasked to use extra caution when driving in this area. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Motorists are advised that Route 209, from North Greville Roadwesterly, will be reduced to one lane until further notice. Road crews will be carrying out ditching and repaving workbetween 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Traffic control will consistof traffic control persons. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 204 There will be closures on the northbound lane of Highway 204until Friday, June 11. The closures will begin at BrooksideElementary School and extend one kilometre to the Nappan River. Road crews will be carrying out excavation work at the edge ofthe highway between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Traffic controlwill consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-893-5760 Fax: 902-893-6103 Local Area Office: 902-563-2255 Fax: 902-563-2517 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Various locations There will be lane closures on various trunks, routes and localroads in Cumberland County until Wednesday, June 30. During thisperiod, road crews will be carrying out paving, shouldering andgravel patching. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays and asingle lane will be open at all times during construction. Local Area Office: 902-756-2518 Fax: 902-756-3458 Local area office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local area office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Motorists are advised that there will be one-lane closures onHighway 104 until Wednesday, June 30. The closure will begin nearExit 31A at Antigonish and extend 4.2 kilometres west. Bothdirections of traffic will be affected periodically. This is toallow road crews to carry out guardrail installation and asphaltrepaving. The closure will be in effect from Monday to Friday, between 7a.m. and 7 p.m. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle and motorists areasked to use extra caution when driving in this area. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 -30- Local Area Office: 902-667-6236 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local area office: 902-471-2684 Fax: 902-424-0566 Highway 111, Victoria Road to Burnside Drive; Highway 111 at Highway 118 at Lakeview Interchange; Micmac Parclo; Highway 111 at Portland Street Interchange; and Burnside Drive.last_img read more

South Shore Communities Receive Facility Grants

first_imgFamilies throughout the South Shore will have more opportunities to be active thanks to the province’s recreation facility development grant program. Nova Scotia Health Promotion is investing $221,130 in sport and recreation facilities in the South Shore as part of a provincewide investment of $2.6 million. The grants will be used to build, upgrade and repair community physical recreation facilities. “Our goal is to get more people physically active throughout the province and ultimately improve the health of all Nova Scotians,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Research tells us that people are more active when they have access to safe sport and recreation facilities.” Community groups work with health promotion staff to develop their projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one-third of a project’s capital cost and communities are responsible for raising the rest. As a result of this investment, the province will see about $15-million worth of construction by 82 organizations. One of the grants awarded in the South Shore will help Parkview Education Centre with soccer field and outdoor track improvements. The school is receiving a $100,000 grant, to be paid over three years. “Although this is located on school property it really was a community initiative,” said Jeff DeWolfe, principal of Parkview Education Centre. “Soccer is a huge sport in our county and the available fields simply did not meet the demand. This grant will enable more children to be active.” Mr. DeWolfe said the improvements also create new opportunities for other sports such as rugby, field hockey and football. “Our committee received overwhelming support from the community and we are excited by the opportunities this presents,” he said. “With the improvements made to the track and field our county is able to host numerous sporting events bringing in participants from across the province.” Grants available through the recreation facility development program are provided based on common criteria, such as community need and benefits, the level of planning and preparation, stability and past success of the organization, and resourcefulness and partnerships resulting in other funding commitments. The grant program helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation purposes. Projects eligible for assistance include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor recreation facilities.last_img read more

IndianAmerican Neomi Rao sworn in as judge of powerful DC court

first_imgWashington: Neomi Jehangir Rao, a prominent Indian-American lawyer, has been sworn in as US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming the second from the community to be a part of the powerful court considered next only to the US Supreme Court.Rao, 45, was sworn in by US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Tuesday. She will replace US Supreme Court Judge Justice Brett Kavanaugh who was nominated by President Donald Trump for the top post. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBefore being sworn in as the US Supreme Court Judge, Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process was marred by sexual misconduct allegations, was a judge at the United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Joined by her husband Alan Lefkowitz, Rao took the oath on the Bible.According to a White House schedule, Trump participated in the swearing-in ceremony.Born in Detroit to Parsi physicians from India Zerin Rao and Jehangir Narioshang Rao is the second Indian-American after Sri Srinivasan to be part of the powerful court said to be next only to the US Supreme Court. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySrinivasan was appointed during the previous Obama regime.Nominated by President Trump during Diwali celebrations last November, Rao was confirmed by the Senate last week by 53-46 votes.”She is going to be fantastic. Great person,” Trump had said about his nominee.In her previous role as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget, she played a key role in regulatory reform.Rao’s confirmation and her swearing-in for the prestigious court has been a low key affair for the Indian-American community. This is in stark contrast to the nationwide celebration by Indian-Americans when Srinivasan was confirmed and sworn in as US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to her service as OIRA Administrator, Rao was a professor of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.She founded the Law School’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State and focused her scholarship on the political and constitutional accountability of administrative agencies and the role of Congress.She has served in all three branches of government, including Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W Bush.Rao also served as counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues.In between government service, Rao practised in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specialising in international law and commercial arbitration.last_img read more

Reboot Tonga hopes to restore internet access by weekend

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Authorities in Tonga are hoping people will be able to visit Facebook and YouTube again by the weekend as experts repair the vital undersea cable that connects the Pacific nation to the rest of the world.Tonga was plunged into virtual darkness 11 days ago when the fiber-optic cable was severed. Initially the incident wiped out access to the internet almost entirely, and meant people couldn’t even make international phone calls.Limited access has since been restored through a satellite service, but authorities have blocked most people from using social media sites like Facebook in order to preserve precious bandwidth.Residents say they’ve had difficulty doing anything from reading emails to processing credit card payments.Tonga Cable Ltd. says it believes a ship’s anchor cut the cable in multiple places.The Associated Press read more

Stock markets rise strong employment data competes with fiscal cliff worries

Stock markets rise, strong employment data competes with fiscal cliff worries TORONTO – North American stock markets closed higher Friday amid much better than expected job creation data in Canada and the United States, but gains were limited on another day of worries about the U.S. plunging over the fiscal cliff.The S&P/TSX composite index added 8.64 points to 12,159.77 while the TSX Venture Exchange gave back 0.64 of a point to 1,186.06.Shares in energy giant Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) tumbled in a volatile final hour of trading ahead of Ottawa announcing it has signed off on the takeover of Nexen by China’s CNOOC. Nexen fell $1.58 or 6.35 per cent to $23.29 on heavy volume of 3.6 million shares before markets closed at 4 p.m. ET.After the close of markets, the federal government announced the Nexen decision and also gave the green light to the takeover of Progress Energy Resources (TSX:PRQ) by Malaysia’s Petronas.But in a wide-ranging update of foreign takeover rules, Ottawa said it will only consider future takeover deals in the oilsands by state-owned companies in exceptional circumstances.Statistics Canada reported the economy added 59,000 jobs last month, while the jobless rate dropped by 0.2 of a point to 7.2 per cent.Economists had expected a smaller increase of about 10,000 jobs, following a minimal 1,800 job gain in October.The Canadian dollar rose 0.01 of a cent to 100.91 cents US.The news was equally surprising in the U.S., where economists had expected a lacklustre report with job creation impacted by superstorm Sandy.But the U.S. Labor Department said the economy cranked out 146,000 jobs in November while the jobless rate decreased 0.2 of a point to 7.7 per cent. On a less positive note, job gains for the previous two months were ratcheted down by 49,000.Traders later took in other data that showed “fiscal cliff” worries are affecting consumer confidence.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 81.09 points to 13,155.13 after the widely-watched University of Michigan’s measure of consumer confidence fell to a four-month low of 74.5 in December, from 82.7.“I think the change in sentiment is all sentiment and it’s not based on fundamentals at all,” said Philip Petursson, director of institutional equities at Manulife Asset Management.“I think what we’re seeing as far as the University of Michigan is concerned is just a reaction to all the negative press that has been surrounding the fiscal cliff and I think that weighs on confidence of Americans.”The Nasdaq dipped 11.23 points to 2,978.04 and the S&P 500 index edged 4.13 points higher to 1,418.07.The “fiscal cliff” is the name for a situation that would arrive at the end of December if substantial tax increases and spending cuts are triggered. The worry is that the moves would immediately cut into economic growth, likely sending the U.S. into recession and taking other world economies along with it.Indexes fell further late in the morning after House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama of wasting another week in trying to arrive at a deal.The Republicans are resisting tax hikes but Obama has made it clear that taxes will have to go up for the top two per cent of taxpayers.The TSX registered a small loss, down 79.59 points or 0.65 per cent, led by a drop of about four per cent in the gold sector as the price of bullion traded at or below the psychologically important US$1,700 level. And energy stocks lost ground while demand concerns pushed oil down for the past four sessions.The Dow industrials had a better week, up 129.55 points or one per cent.Also on Friday, traders took in a strong earnings report from Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Net income jumped 31 per cent from a year ago to $1.5 billion, while the bank’s adjusted earnings came in at $1.21 a share, three cents better than estimates. Its shares slipped three cents to US$55.53 as the bank narrowly missed revenue estimates.The Scotiabank results capped a string of generally positive earnings reports from the big banks. TD Bank (TSX:TD) and CIBC (TSX:CM) lost ground Thursday as their reports showed that adjusted earnings beat expectations but those banks also missed on revenue forecasts while National Bank (TSX:NA) matched forecasts.The gold sector led TSX advancers Friday, up about 0.7 per cent while February bullion gained $3.70 to US$1,705.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) climbed 43 cents to C$36.91.The base metals sector led decliners, down almost one per cent with March copper ahead two cents at US$3.66 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 40 cents to $34.60 while Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) shed 24 cents to $5.01.The energy sector was down 0.64 per cent. Oil prices slipped back into negative territory after demand concerns helped push oil down for the previous three sessions, with the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 33 cents to US$85.93 a barrel for a loss of three per cent this week. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) was down 79 cents to C$42.75.Telecoms were also weak as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) shed 64 cents to $64.26.In other corporate news, the $6.1-billion takeover of Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT) by Swiss commodity trader Glencore International has been approved by China’s ministry of commerce. It’s the final regulatory step required for Glencore to buy Viterra, a Canadian company with major grain handling operations in Australia. As a result of the final approval, Glencore expects the effective closing date of the deal to be Dec. 17. Viterra shares were up 35 cents to $16.20.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) shares gained 90 cents to $37.75 as it announced an oil services contract in the Persian Gulf region. Details of that deal weren’t disclosed. The engineering firm also said its AltaLink subsidiary has received approval for a $1.5-billion transmission line extension in Alberta.The contracts cap a week in which SNC-Lavalin consortia were selected to build the $2.1-billion light transit rail line in Ottawa and a power plant that will produce 463 megawatts of power in Poland. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2012 5:52 pm MDT read more

Group of Blue Jackets ready for Olympic play

The last time Fredrik Modin and Samuel Pahlsson went to Vancouver, British Columbia, they left with a 7-3 drubbing at the hands of the Canucks. For their next trip, they’re looking to bring back gold.Columbus Blue Jackets Modin and Pahlsson were part of the Swedish squad that captured the gold in the 2006 Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy. Along with their countrymen, they will begin their defense of the medal against Germany in the preliminary round of this year’s games.In addition to Pahlsson and Modin, four other Jackets will be making the trip to Vancouver to represent their respective countries. They are Fedor Tyutin (Russia), Milan Jurcina (Slovakia), Jan Hejda (Czech Republic) and Columbus captain Rick Nash (Canada).Oddly enough for a team located in the heart of America, there isn’t a single Blue Jackets player representing the U.S. in the 2010 games.This will be the second Olympic Games for Nash. He represented Team Canada in the Turin Games, where the powerful Canadian squad finished in a disappointing seventh place. Now that the games are being hosted by his home country, there will be an increased impetus to win, especially for Nash, who was limited to one assist in six games in Turin.“There was tons of pressure the last time in Turin,” Nash said of his last Olympic experience. “But anytime you put on the red-and-white maple leaf, there’s a lot of pressure.”Nash is probably already salivating over the possibility of playing on a line with fellow Canadian and all-world center, Sidney Crosby. It will be the first Olympic Games for Crosby, who was left off the 2006 team.Nash can’t be blamed for feeling the heat. He plays for a country where hockey is raised to a level that makes finding a comparison here in the U.S. difficult.One Canadian columnist summed it up this way: “The thought of a losing effort is something wholly unacceptable and incalculable within this culture, where national pride and hockey skill are inseparable entities.”It may be the final time for some of these Jackets to represent their home countries. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s recent comments on the future status of NHL players in the Olympics has cast some doubt on their possible participation in the 2014 games.There is currently no agreement in place for the 2014 games, which will be held in Sochi, Russia.There are many variables for Bettman to consider going forward. Chief among these are economic and competitive factors.“It’s difficult for any business, any league, to shut down for two weeks with the attendant loss of attention and everything that flows from it,” Bettman said. “And there are competitive issues.”The competitive issues he is referring to are because of the fact that not every NHL team sends the same amount of players to the Olympics. Or any at all for that matter. So when the season resumes, some teams may have benefited from the two-week break more than others.Is that enough to pull the plug?“I know the players are passionate about representing their countries. We have a long history as a sport in international competition and that’s something that’s important to the players,” Bettman said. “But we have to decide on balance, ‘Is it worth it?’” read more

Catholic Church and local authorities criticised for claiming child sex abuse victims

first_imgThe Catholic Church and local authorities have been criticised after trying to claim child sex abuse victims “consented” in a bid to avoid compensation payouts.Lawyers who represent some of the victims have told the Sunday Telegraph that the defence is more frequently being used by private schools, religious groups and local authorities when trying to defend compensation claims.  The revelation comes after news that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, a Government agency, was denying some children compensation because it said they had “consented” to abuse – even if they were of an age where they could not do so legally. Siobhán Crawford, of London-based firm Bolt Burdon Kemp, one of the largest firms in the field, said the defence is normally used where a child turns 16 during the abuse.She said the firm had dealt with ten such cases, and there had been an increase in the past two years as authorities became aware that it was an option.For adults in a position of authority, it is illegal to have sex with a child under their care, even if the child is 16 or 17 at the time. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said: “No child ever gives their ‘consent’ to being abused, and the increased use of this line of defence, although still quite rare, is worrying.”I have contacted the Ministry of Justice previously and again recently about this issue and the Government should look urgently at what can be done to tackle it.” The Sunday Telegraph has seen documents for two cases where the defence was employed. One claimant was told by lawyers for the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark that his abuse, which included rape and began when he was 15, “actually occurred in the context of a consensual relationship (albeit one the Claimant in retrospect now appears to regret)”. The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told this newspaper that the use of the defence felt “insulting”. “I was below the legal age of consent anyway and there’s a grooming element to that kind of situation. It was totally disregarded and it made me feel really small,” he said. The case was eventually settled for £80,000. In another case, a pupil was making a claim following sexual abuse by her teacher. The abuse began when she was under 16 and continued into adulthood. The local authority, Cambridgeshire County Council, claimed in defence documents that it was not liable for abuse which took place after the age of 16.It said: “On her own account the Claimant voluntarily sought out contact with [the teacher] and considered that she was in a relationship with him. If that is correct, after she had obtained the age of 16, the Claimant consented to sexual acts with [the teacher] and those acts ceased to be assaults.”The pupil eventually received £550,000 in compensation from the authority. In a statement a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Southwark said that “out of respect for each claimant’s privacy and the confidentiality of the legal process, the Archdiocese does not comment on individual case”, but added that it “supports the right of anyone who has suffered harm to seek compensation. Such claims are complex and often involve a number of difficult legal issues.”A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said the abuse was “deeply regrettable” and added: “We would like to say once again, how sorry we are to the woman involved in this case. “We have already faced up to our responsibilities for this historic case and made a full compensation payment of £550,000 without putting the victim through the additional trauma of a court case.” 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.last_img read more

Texas shooting Gunman Devin Kelley had row with motherinlaw

Kelley is believed to have been in a family row with his ex-wife and in-laws, police say (Getty Images)(BBC) Texas church gunman Devin Patrick Kelley was armed with three guns and had argued with his mother-in-law before the rampage, officials say.The attack on the small church outside San Antonio during Sunday services left 26 people dead and 20 injured.Kelley called his father after he was shot by an armed bystander and said he did not think he would survive.He was not legally permitted to own the weapons, which included a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.Freeman Martin, the regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told reporters it appeared that Kelley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after first being shot by a “good Samaritan”.“This was not racially motivated, it wasn’t over religious beliefs,” Mr Martin said.“There was a domestic situation going on with the family and in-laws,” he said, adding that Kelley had sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law.“We know that he expressed anger towards his mother-in-law, who attends this church,” Mr Martin said.Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said that the family members had not been present at the time of attack.Kelley fled the scene after exchanging gunfire with a local resident who heard gunshots from coming from across the road, Mr Martin said on Monday.Johnnie Langendorff told local media that he picked up the Texas man, identified by US media as Stephen Willeford, and the pair pursued Kelley in a car chase.He said they drove at speeds of up to 95mph (153km/h) until the gunman lost control of his car and crashed.Kelley was later found dead inside his vehicle with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.Who were the victims?Officials have not yet identified the victims who were killed at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County, which lies about 30 miles (50km) south-east of the city of San Antonio.Of the 20 wounded, 10 are in hospital in a critical condition, four are in a serious condition and six are stable, officials say.About half the victims were children, including one who was just 18 months old, according to Sheriff Tackitt.The First Baptist Church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, told US media his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, was among those killed.Officials said 23 people were found dead inside the church while two people were fatally shot outside. Another died in hospital, authorities said.As many as eight members of the Holcombe family were killed in the shooting, the Washington Post reported.The BBC spoke to the Holcombes’ neighbour Pauline Garza, who said the family did not come back from church.Who was the gunman?Kelley was court-martialled in 2012 after he was accused of assault against his wife and child. He was sentenced to 12 months confinement.He received a “bad conduct” discharge two years later, according to Ann Stefanek, a US Air Force spokeswoman.Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Monday: “It’s clear this is a person who had violent tendencies, who had some challenges, and someone who was a powder keg, seeming waiting to go off.”Mr Abbott added that the attacker should not legally have been allowed to own a firearm, after having been denied a gun owner’s permit by the state. The suspect had a licence to work as an unarmed security guard, a job that police described as “similar to a security guard at a concert-type situation”.“There were no disqualifiers entered into the national crime information database to preclude him from receiving a private security licence,” Mr Martin said.How did Kelley obtain a gun?Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, WashingtonHe was kicked out of the US Air Force, but how it happened may be important in understanding how he was able to purchase the weapons he used to kill 26 individuals in Sutherland, Texas.Individuals who have been dishonourably discharged from the US military are prohibited from possessing firearms. Kelley had a “bad conduct” discharge, which is a level below “dishonourable” and didn’t automatically qualify for a ban.Kelley received his discharge because he was convicted in a military court of assaulting his wife and child, which – under federal and Texas law – could have been deemed a domestic violence incident that would have prevented him from purchasing a firearm.In addition, if the conviction was classified as a felony, that too would have been an automatic disqualification.The key, it seems, is translating a court martial verdict into its civilian equivalent. A prison sentence of a year or more, which Kelley received from the military court, is also grounds for a gun-ownership prohibition.None of this apparently came up on Kelley’s instant background check when he sought to buy firearms from a sporting goods store in Texas, however. Kelley also did not disclose details of his military criminal justice record on his purchase paperwork.The shooting comes just a month after a gunman in Las Vegas opened fire on an outdoor music festival, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTexas church shooter was dishonourably discharged from US Air ForceNovember 5, 2017In “World”T&T father sacrifices self to save familySeptember 28, 2016In “T&T man sacrifices self to save family”Berbice shooting…21-year-old succumbs to injuriesFebruary 6, 2016In “Crime” read more

Revenue forecast brings good news for Washington lawmakers

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers received updated revenue numbers Wednesday that give them more money to work with as they prepare to unveil their two-year state budget proposals.The numbers released at a meeting of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed state revenues look to increase by about $861 million more than expected through the middle of 2021.Overall, state revenues are projected to increase by nearly $307 million for the current two-year budget that ends mid-2019, and the projections for the next two-year budget that ends in mid-2021 look to increase by nearly $554 million, pushing the state budget up to $50.6 billion.House Democrats have said their budget proposal for the 2019-2021 budget cycle will be released early next week, and Democrats in the Senate will follow with their own proposal.Democratic Rep. Timm Ormsby, a member of the council and the chief budget writer for the House, said that while the forecast was good news, “it doesn’t take away from the arithmetic problem that we came here with.”last_img read more

Quique Setien This is an important victory for us

first_imgReal Betis Coach Quique Setien is proud of his team’s performance after a 2-1 Europa League victory at the San Siro.Setien relished the “prestige of beating Milan on their own turf” and even suggested the lead would have been wider after dominating the game.“This is an important victory for us, not just for the three points that put us top of the group, but also for the prestige of beating Milan on their own turf,” said Setien in his Press conference via Football Italia.“The truth is that we put in a great performance, especially in the first half, although Milan had some chances in the second. If you got the sensation we were time-wasting in the final 15 minutes, then I’ll have a talk with my players, because I do not like that approach. I apologise if we gave off that idea.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Milan were perhaps a little surprised by our style of football, as we forced them to play long balls. We depend on possession in all our games and this time we were also able to score two goals.“Milan are a great team, though, and we saw that in the final stages. It was a memorable game for us and our fans, so we are happy to dedicate it to them. This is my first experience in Europe, but the team showed great character and confidence.“Winning or losing doesn’t change my perception of a performance, because it can depend on many factors beyond our control. The important thing is to play well, because that gives you a better chance of winning. Today reinforced that concept.”last_img read more

Vancouver waterfront developer slams oil terminal plan

first_imgClick to enlarge. Barry Cain is no friend of the proposal to build the Northwest’s largest oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver.Port of Vancouver director defends oil planNow the real estate developer charged with remaking Vancouver’s waterfront has expanded on his earlier public misgivings about the project’s environmental risks and its impacts on downtown development, raising a multitude of new worries. Those new concerns include what he calls “information gaps” in the permit-application submitted by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies and in the lease the port approved with the companies.Cain spells out his concerns in a 54-page letter to the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council in which he asks for the most extensive environmental-impact review available. Cain’s letter is among more than 31,000 public comments EFSEC received as it mulls what should and should not be included in an environmental examination of the proposed oil-by-rail operation.Tesoro and Savage want to build a $110 million facility capable of handling as much as 380,000 barrels of crude oil per day for eventual conversion into transportation fuels. Cain’s waterfront project, which will take advantage of infrastructure investments by the city and the Port of Vancouver, is less than two miles east of the oil terminal and next to rail lines that would carry oil trains headed for the port.Cain, president of Gramor Development — a member, along with local investors, of Columbia Waterfront LLC — seeks to construct a $1.3 billion mixed-use redevelopment of the former Boise Cascade mill site.The situation pits two megaprojects, each with sharply contrasting visions of Vancouver’s future, against each other as questions fly about the sustainability of the Tesoro-Savage plan and about the viability of the waterfront enterprise.last_img read more

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Offering Suicide Awareness Prevention Workshop

first_imgIn a release from Kenaitze, suicide is preventable, and participants will learn how to make a difference with life-saving skills. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenaitze Indian Tribe is offering training to give community members the potential to save a life. The tribe, recognizing the issue, launched its Yinihugheltani suicide prevention and awareness program about a year ago. Yinihugheltani – which means “one’s spirit” in the Dena’ina language – supports youth ages 10 to 24 with culturally relevant resources and activities. There is no cost for this workshop, but an RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Dagmar Mayer at 907-335-7514 or SafeTALK training is ‘appropriate’ for community members age 15 and older. No prior experience is necessary. Training materials will be provided. The tribe will host a safeTALK suicide awareness and prevention workshop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, at the Dena’ina Wellness Center. Alaska Native men between the ages of 15-24 have the highest rate of suicide among any demographic in the country, with an average of 141.6 suicides per 100,000 each year between 2000 and 2009.last_img read more

Charges Filed Against 18 Members Of White Supremacist Gang In Alaska

first_imgU.S. Bryan Attorney Schroder: “The highest priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Alaska, which is consistent with the priorities of the Attorney General of the United States, is to stop violent crime. We will focus on chronic violent offenders, including criminals who unify through racial hatred and commit violentcrimes.”According to the indictment, the 1488s are a violent and “whites only” prison-based gang with approximately 50 to 100 members operating inside and outside of state prisons throughout Alaska and elsewhere. An additional 14 indictments have resulted from the investigation into the 1488 organization, members, and associates including: Christopher Davidson, 35, sentenced to serve 90 months in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms; Justin Eaton, aka “Skulls,” 44, charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm; Justin Hoff, 30, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm; Taylor Lack, 23, sentenced to serve six months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm; Mica Messinger, 37, sentenced to serve 70 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm; Angie Minnick, 41, pleaded guilty to possession of stolen mail and for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances; Alexander Netling, aka “Bruiser,” 25, sentenced to serve five years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm; Michael Oman, aka “Donkey,” 29, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm; Jason Rose, aka “Honkey,” 42, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and for being a felon in possession of a firearm; Shawn Schmidt, 33, sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm; Charles Soper, aka “Slim,” 25, sentenced to serve 34 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm; Jeffrey Robinson, 37, sentenced to serve nine years in prison for drug conspiracy; Roy Naughton, sentenced to serve 100 months in prison for carjacking; Colter O’Dell, sentenced to serve 27 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. It is further alleged that Filthy Fuhrer, Naughton, Baldwin, King, Cook, and O’Dell played a role in the August 2017 beating, kidnapping, and murder of Michael Staton, aka “Steak Knife.” The 1488s allegedly offered protection to white inmates if they joined the gang, and all members were required to “be white, look white and act white.” Members allegedly often had tattoos incorporating Nazi-style symbols; however, the most coveted tattoo of 1488s members was the 1488s “patch” that could be worn only by “made” members who generally gained full membership by committing an act of violence on behalf of the gang. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. District Attorney’s office in Alaska announced today that multiple members and associates of a white supremacist gang known as the 1488s, have been arrested and charged for their alleged roles in a racketeering enterprise involving narcotics distribution, firearms trafficking, and acts of violence including murder, assault, and kidnapping. The indictment further alleges the 1488 gang was established in approximately 2010 within the Alaska Department of Corrections and by Alaskan inmates incarcerated within the Colorado Department of Corrections and the Arizona Department of Corrections through interstate compact agreements. According to the indictment, as part of their operations, 1488s members and associates allegedly engaged in illegal activities under the protection of the enterprise, including narcotics trafficking, weapons trafficking, and other illegal activities to generate income. In a recently unsealed indictment, Filthy Fuhrer, (formerly Timothy Lobdell), 42; Roy Naughton, aka “Thumper,” 40; Glen Baldwin, aka “Glen Dog,” 37; Craig King, aka “Oakie,” 53; Beau Cook, 32; and Colter O’Dell, 26, have each been charged with murder in aid of racketeering, kidnapping in aid of racketeering, assault in aid of racketeering, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit assault and kidnapping in aid of racketeering. Two other members, Nicholas M. Kozorra, aka “Beast,” 29, and Dustin J. Clowers, 34, previously pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering in recently unsealed court documents.last_img read more

Vistara to reduce business class seats to boost load factor

first_imgVistara, the airline promoted by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines (SIA), is planning to reduce business class seats to carry more passengers, as it struggles to increase its passenger load factor (PLF).”Demand for the business class was relatively low and the growth witnessed can be attributed primarily due to a strong demand for the economy class. We are also required to operate on regional routes which have minimal business class demand,” Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, told the Financial Express. Launched in January last year, Vistara now covers 12 destinations in the country, including four metro cities — Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. It has a fleet of nine Airbus A320 aircraft and operates 365 flights a week.However, the carrier runs few flights on high traffic routes like Bangalore to Hyderabad, while the rivals operate many.”The number of flights from Hyderabad and Bangalore are very less and it is difficult for us to sell Vistara tickets as the time slots are not convenient. Also a lot of their business class seats are remaining vacant which is also a concern,” Jyoti Mayal, chairperson of Airline Council, told the daily.The airline has cut fares to compete with top domestic carriers, like Indigo and SpiceJet. It is focusing on the New Delhi to Mumbai route to improve the passenger traffic. Currently, it operates eight flights daily on that route.”We will also be offering more choices of destinations and improving the timings of our flights based on customer feedback. We are also gearing up to expand the footprint by 50% in 2016,” Phee Teik said.Vistara had a market share of 1.3 percent in the domestic passenger traffic in December, while its PLF was 77 percent. Passenger load factor is a measure of capacity utilisation by an airline.last_img read more

Writ filed seeking division to Mainul

first_imgMainul HoseinA writ petition has been filed with the High Court seeking first-class division to barrister Mainul Hosein, adviser to a former caretaker government, in the jail.Mainul’s wife Saju Hossain filed the writ on Sunday with the bench of justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and justice Rajik Al Jalil, said his lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, reports UNB.The hearing is likely to be held today, he added.On 23 October, the lower court sent Mainul Hosein to jail in a case filed for defaming journalist Masuda Bhatti on a TV talk show.Detective Branch of police arrested the former caretaker government adviser from in front of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab’s Uttara residence on the night of 22 October.According to the case statement, Mainul was connected via video link to a live talk show programme hosted by Mithila Farzana on private channel Ekattor TV, where Masuda Bhatti was a studio guest on 16 October.Mainul tarnished the image of Masuda Bhatti, the statement says.Mainul Hosein was playing active role in the newly formed Jatiya Oikya Front, led by eminent jourist Dr Kamal Hossain. He took part in various meetings of the Oikya Front leaders.last_img read more

BNP for action against loan defaulters

first_imgKhandaker Mosharraf HossainBNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday said their party is waiting to see what action the government takes against those top loan defaulters whose names were unveiled in parliament, reports UNB.”The names of 300 top loan defaulters were placed in parliament on Saturday. They’re not repaying around Tk 510 billion of people,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “We want to see what action the government now takes against those loan defaulters who siphoned off money depleting banks and people’s pockets.”Democratic Movement, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club.On Saturday, finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal placed in parliament the list of 300 top loan defaulters of the country involving Tk 509.42 billion.Responding to a question by ruling party MP Israfil Alam, he also said the defaulters took loans from all banks and financial institutions of the public and private sector.Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said the number of loan defaulters is growing in the country as there is no discipline in the banking sector since ruling party men tactfully ‘captured’ the banks.He also said the ruling party men are controlling the banks as the government politicised the sector.”There’re bank laws and rules to take action against loan defaulters, but there’s no execution of those. Had the laws been enforced and proper steps taken, the loan defaulters wouldn’t have refrained from repaying Tk 510 billion.”About the proposed budget, the ex-BNP minister said it is an ‘unusual budget placed by an ‘unusual’ government. “This budge has been framed for the government beneficiaries, not for people.”He also said the income inequality will widen while the common people’s sufferings increase if the budget is implemented.The BNP leader also said the government is collecting huge amount of money from common and poor people by hiking the tariffs of utility services and widening the VAT net. “Revenue is being generated even from the marginalised people in the name of VAT.”He alleged that the scope for whitening black money has been kept in the budget to allow the ruling party men and the government backed business men legalise their ill-gotten money.last_img read more

Unidentified body found floating off Playa del Carmen beach

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — People walking along a beach of Playa del Carmen called emergency services after seeing a body floating in the sea.According to preliminary information, people walking along the beach near Casa Cenote made the grisly discovery. It was around 2:00 p.m. when emergency services were notified with the report of a body seen floating off a beach area.Those that found the body quickly ran to a nearby hotel where police were called by hotel staff. Emergency personnel arrived to secure the area and remove the body.There were no details released about the body including if the deceased was male or female.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Enterprise Imaging Platforms Connecting People and Data

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