Only seeking lifting of protection granted to former Kolkata CP: CBI

first_imgThe CBI on Thursday clarified that it is seeking lifting of protection granted to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar by the Supreme Court on February 8 and not permission for his “custodial interrogation” in connection with its probe into the Saradha Ponzi scam.A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had in February 2019 granted a stay on any “coercive action” against Mr. Kumar provided he cooperate with the agency during a questioning session scheduled in Shillong.Appearing for the CBI, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued that Mr. Kumar had met the agency’s queries on the alleged suppression of crucial evidence in the case like call data records with evasive or “arrogant” answers.Mr. Mehta dismissed submissions made by senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Mr. Kumar, that her client was being targeted as “a castle built in the air”. Mr. Kumar claimed that the allegations raised against him in connection with the multi-core Saradha chit fund scam was part of a “larger conspiracy” by two prominent Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijayvargiya.At the end of the hearing, the Bench reserved the case for orders.Complete evidence Mr. Mehta said the CBI has been asking for the complete evidence since August 2014, after the court transferred the case from the West Bengal government-appointed SIT of which Mr. Kumar was the functional head. The CBI has been making consistent efforts for Mr. Kumar to cooperate in the probe for the past five years, and this has not been a recent development as is portrayed by his lawyers.“The impression created that we have been hounding him has to be removed,” Mr. Mehta urged.The CJI said the data was collected through multiple agencies, indicating that the delay from the SIT’s side may have been due to the time taken to gather the evidence. The West Bengal government has told the Supreme Court that the CBI plea against Mr. Kumar is merely a “political game”.“The whole episode is a political game to keep the pot boiling and to paint people black,” senior advocate A.M. Singhvi, appearing for the West Bengal establishment, had submitted.The CBI has alleged that both the “big Ponzi” Saradha and Rose Valley companies were “flourishing” when Mr. Kumar was the Commissioner of Police at Bidhan Nagar Police Commisionerate from 2012 to 2015.While the investigation was being done by the SIT, “crucial original, primary and fundamental evidence” such as laptops, mobile phones, etc. were handed back to the main accused in the Saradha scam case by the I.O. of the West Bengal Police working under his direct supervision, the CBI alleged.last_img read more

Ind vs WI: Praveen Kumar’s three-wicket haul puts India on top

first_imgDebutant Praveen Kumar’s three-wicket burst gave India the upper hand by reducing West Indies to 119 for five in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test on Tuesday.Praveen nipped out three crucial wickets on the second day morning to give the visitors hope for a first-innings lead despite their seemingly modest 246 total.The young medium-pacer accounted for the wickets of Adrian Barath (64) and Darren Bravo (18) and later Brendan Nash (1) to see West Indies in a spot of bother with the home team still trailing India by 127 runs in the first innings.Apart from Praveen (3/24), Ishant Sharma (2/17) was the other wicket-taker for India in the morning session.Resuming at their overnight score of 34 for one, in reply to India’s 246 all out, West Indies lost overnight batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan (3) straightaway, lbw to Ishant before Barath and Bravo combined for a 55-run third-wicket stand.Barath puzzled the Indians bowlers with his all-attack and all-defence methods and in the process raised only the second half century of his young career of six Tests.The little Trinidadian showed a tight defence but choose his moments to attack the Indian bowlers when opportunities came his way.Bravo, on the other hand, played the anchor role and the duo saw off the bowling pair of Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh, who bowled almost the entire stretch of the opening hour. – With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Russian gold medallists used steroids at Sochi Winter Olympics: Report

first_imgCBS News says the former head of Russia’s drug testing laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov has told whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov that at least four of Russia’s gold medal winners at the 2014 Winter Olympics were using steroids, according to an interview to be aired on Sunday.Stepanov, who previously worked for Russia’s anti-doping agency and is now living in the United States, told the investigative programme “60 Minutes” that Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the drug laboratory, had evidence of the use of banned substances at the Games in Sochi, Russia.Reuters was unable to independently confirm the disclosures in the “60 Minutes” report.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said the body was aware that Sunday’s programme would “include content regarding further doping allegations”.”We will watch the programme with interest,” WADA spokesman Ben Nichols told Reuters.”We will not comment further until we have viewed the programme in full.”Russia is already banned from all track and field competitions, including August’s Rio Olympics, after an independent WADA commission last November revealed widespread state-sponsored doping.Its athletes will be allowed to return to competition when Russia can prove that it has met several conditions regarding its anti-doping operation, WADA and the International Association of Athletics Federations have said.last_img read more

We came together well as a team, 4-1 vs New Zealand great achievement: Rohit Sharma

first_imgrief Scores: India (252-all out) beat New Zealand (217-all out) by 35 runs in Wellington. James Neesham 44; Yuzvendra Chahal (3/41) (SCORECARD)Rohit Sharma was pleased after India’s clinical victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI in Wellington on Sunday. India bounced back remarkably from their Hamilton defeat to take the series 4-1.Rohit Sharma was proud of the Indian cricket team for the series win and lauded the Indian players for showing theiur mettle.”Especially after the Hamilton loss, that was a big loss for us the way we lost there. At the toss I said we needed to come together as a team and we did that,” Rohit said at the post match presentation.”Four down, we needed someone to apply, and Rayudu and Vijay Shankar did that. The way Hardik and Kedar played was magnificent,” Rohit added.Rohit was full of praise for his team and the way bounced back after a poor show in the previous game.”We showed a lot of character. With the ball as well. The wicket got flat at the end, with the dew. At one point it looked like it would be an easy chase. But lot of people put their hands up and got us through,” Rohit said.”I knew there was some moisture in the pitch. If the series was on the line, I would’ve batted second. Wasn’t easy after losing four wickets at the start. Thought 250 was a very good score on that pitch. Bowlers got crucial breakthroughs at critical times. When you want to win games, you’ve got to find the right balance,” Rohit said about about his decision to bat first.advertisement”Coming here and beating NZ at home wasn’t going to be easy. The achievement we’ve had today is a great achievement to have,” Rohit said.Game Over! #TeamIndia clinch the final ODI by 35 runs and wrap the series 4-1 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/2cRTTnS8SsBCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019Rohit Sharma was standing in as captain for Virat Kohli, who was rested for the final two ODIs and the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. Rohit has an outstanding record as captain. Before the fourth ODI in Hamilton Rohit had led India to seven wins from eight ODIs.After the disastrous batting performance last week, India were in trouble again on Sunday. Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill and MS Dhoni were dismissed cheaply and India had crashed to 18 for 4 in the 10th over before Ambati Rayudu led a sensational fightback.Rayudu scored 90 while Kedar Jadhav (34), Vijay Shankar (45) and Hardik Pandya (45) made significant contributions to help India to 252 all out.Mohammed Shami, who returned to the side after being rested for the fourth ODI, picked up two early wickets. Hardik Pandya struck early with the ball after his heroics with the bat.MS Dhoni expertly guided India’s spinners from behind the stumps and his tactical acumen resulted in Jadhav dismissing Kane Williamson for the second time.James Neesham did threaten to take the game away from India but his run out put paid to New Zealand’s hopes of another consolation win.last_img read more

Leeza Gibbons Wins Celebrity Apprentice

first_imgStar and executive producer, Donald J. Trump, named Leeza Gibbons as winner of season 7 of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”Leeza Gibbons Wins Season 7 of Celebrity ApprenticeIn Monday’s live finale, award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Geraldo Rivera faced off against best-selling author and television icon Leeza Gibbons in the exciting boardroom conclusion held in New York City. The event was followed by a star-studded party at Trump Tower, hosted by finale task sponsor Universal Orlando Resorts.As “The Celebrity Apprentice” winner, Gibbons’ designated charity will receive the $250,000 prize, which will be added to the show’s $2 million total charity earnings for the season. “The Celebrity Apprentice” has raised approximately 15 million total dollars for charity over the years. Gibbons raised a total of $714,000 for Leeza’s Care Connection, while Rivera raised a total of $725,184 for Life’s WORC.”“We had an incredible season and an incredible set of players this year. However out of the 16 contestants Leeza clearly demonstrated that she had the ultimate skills necessary to be called the next Celebrity Apprentice,” said Mr. Trump. “The Celebrity Apprentice has proven time and time again to be the toughest reality show on television today. Leeza was able to win $714,000 for her charity, Leeza’s Care Connection. I congratulate Leeza on her win and welcome her as the second woman to the elite group of winners including Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels, John Rich, Arsenio Hall and Trace Adkins. I’d also like to congratulate Geraldo on his tremendous effort and impressive game play.”“Mom always told me to stay in my lane and focus on my own race. That’s what I tried to do,” said Gibbons. “My goal was simple to show the kind of strength my mother had as she battled Alzheimer’s disease and to honor those families who are care-giving. I hope I did. With my winnings from the show, Donald Trump has made it possible for me to open a new Leeza’s Care Connection in my hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. Thank you to the Trump family, Mark Burnett and his incredible production team, NBC and all of my cast mates for making this a once in a lifetime experience.”Trump’s last and most challenging task for the final two contestants was to create a commercial for vacation packages to Universal Orlando Resort. The commercials were then judged at a New York red carpet event based on creativity, brand message, money raised selling vacation packages and overall presentation. Six celebrity contestants returned to help the two finalists who had to work together to bring star power and sale skills to an overall presentation.In addition to Universal Orlando Resorts, this season’s sponsors included Anheuser-Busch, Cosmo Body, King’s Hawaiian, the Neat Company, Luvo, Chock Full O’Nuts, Trump National Doral and the Ivanka Trump Collection.When the season began Jan. 4, the women included Gold Medal Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson; movie star Vivica A. Fox; best-selling author and television icon Leeza Gibbons; reality star and best-selling author Brandi Glanville; TV personality, author, and mother of eight, Kate Gosselin; world-class gymnast and gold medal Olympian Shawn Johnson; Kenya Moore, former Miss USA and star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”; and television icon Keshia Knight Pulliam.The men included two-time World Series champion Johnny Damon; actor and legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried; Sig Hansen, the star of “Deadliest Catch” and Captain of the Northwestern; Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum musician Kevin Jonas; Golden Globe-nominated actor Lorenzo Lamas; NFL great Terrell Owens; award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Geraldo Rivera; and television and movie actor Ian Ziering.This season, Mr. Trump’s advisors included Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and George Ross as well as former “Celebrity Apprentice” winners Piers Morgan and the late Joan Rivers.“The Celebrity Apprentice” is produced by United Artists Media Group (a joint venture among MGM, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment), in association with Trump Productions. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Page Feldman and Eric Van Wagenen are executive producers.Please visit NBC.com’s official show site.last_img read more

Adoptive family of woman detained in Tindouf fears for her life

Madrid – The adoptive family of Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Spanish woman of Sahrawi descent held in captivity since last summer in the Tindouf camps (in Algeria) by the Polisario, said they fear for her after she received death threats in case she attempts to escape, as voices in Spain and elsewhere are raising to call for her immediate and unconditional release.“Mahjouba is held against her will. Whenever she was able to contact us, she asked us to help her get out of the Tindouf camps. We fear for her life”, Batiste Llopis, Mahjouba’s adoptive father, told Spanish national TV TVE.“Her biological parents have asked us to take care of Mahjouba since she was 8 and that’s what we did. She obtained the Spanish nationality in 2012. Now she is desperate and she wants to be out of the camps”, emotional Batiste added, denouncing the attitude of the Polisario leaders who are holding several young women against their will in the Algeria-based camps. Veronica, Mahjouba’s adoptive sister, said that the young 23 year-old woman has appealed everyone to help her get out of the Tindouf camps, warning against the conditions of her confinement.As the case of the young woman, which was submitted to the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, stole the limelight, a platform of support urging the immediate release of Mahjouba has been established, while Moroccan and Spanish NGO’s in several Spanish cities organized sit-ins to protest against the detention which breaches basic principles of human rights and freedom of movement.Several international human rights watchdogs, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), have called for the immediate and unconditional release of the Spanish young woman.In a special report on human rights conditions in the Tindouf camps presented Saturday in Algiers, HRW said the Polisario “should enable the young Mahjouba to exercise her freedom of movement”The front Polisario, which “governs the camps should ensure that the woman is able to exercise her right to freedom of movement by leaving the camp, if she wishes, and return to Europe”, the international human rights watchdog stressed.Mahjouba, who has been working for the London-based “Marie Curie Foundation Care” and intended to pursue her studies in the British capital, visited last summer the camps of Tindouf in order to visit her biological parents. Once she arrived there, she was stripped of her passport and money to prevent her from returning to Europe as scheduled on August 18. read more

UN relief chief visits Sudan to discuss food insecurity in two states

4 January 2012Reports from people fleeing two troubled Sudanese states indicate food insecurity and rising levels of malnutrition, the United Nations humanitarian chief warned today. Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator met with Sudan’s Social Welfare Minister Amira Al Fadil in Khartoum, the capital.In a press statement, she stressed the need for “a long-term political solution” to the crisis in the Sudanese states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, which have been riddled with ethnic and political conflict since May last year.The ongoing fighting has pitted Government forces against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), a rebel group aligned with forces in South Sudan, and was previously confined to Southern Kordofan state before it spread to neighbouring Blue Nile.The humanitarian situation in both states was exacerbated when fighting disrupted the major crop season last year, causing people to flee at the start of the planting season in Southern Kordofan and abandon their crops in Blue Nile when conflict erupted there later. Coupled with erratic rainfall, the shortage of food stocks have led to a doubling of prices.After her meeting with the minister, Ms. Amos outlined a four-point plan promoting cooperation between the UN and Sudan in an effort to halt the escalating food crisis in the restive states.“We have agreed with the Government of Sudan to share information and data pertaining to the humanitarian situation in the two states in order to ensure that we meet the needs of the people,” she said, noting that the Government would establish a mechanism to ensure continuous dialogue between Khartoum and the UN. Ms. Amos added that the UN and Khartoum would “continue to discuss ways to reach those people in SPLM-N held areas who are currently not able to access any help or support” as the humanitarian indicators in those areas were “particularly alarming.” Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, which lie on the border between Sudan and its newly-independent neighbour of South Sudan, have been the scene of deadly fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of people over the past year. UN officials have repeatedly called on all parties to cease hostilities and to ensure access so that humanitarian workers can reach those in need. read more

UNP wants elections says Ranil Video

He said the opposition wanted the government to send out the invitations the day nominations for the polls were called for.Elections for the Northern Provincial Council will take place on September 21. (Colombo Gazette) The leader of the opposition United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking to reporters in Chennai today, said that his party wants national elections next year.He said that the UNP is disturbed by some of the incidents which took place in the country recently which affected not only the Tamils and Muslims but the Sinhalese as well. Wickremesinghe said that the UNP and opposition parties are looking forward to the elections in the North in September. However he said they are disappointed that foreign election observers were not invited at the very beginning to monitor the polls. Attacks on Indian fishermen disturbs Sri Lanka’s opposition leader299 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Share VideoCopiedAttacks on Indian fishermen disturbs Sri Lanka’s opposition leader299 viewsNewsChennai, Aug 18 (ANI): Leader of the opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament, Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday that he was disturbed by the attacks on Indian fishermen by the island nation___s naval forces. According to an Indian fishermen association, as many as 3,000 fishermen, who gave up their work fearing attack by Sri Lankan Navy in Rameswaram, have moved to neighbouring Kerala and Karnataka states to earn their livelihood.Ventuno Web Player 4.51 read more

Brazil police target brewery CEO in graft case

SAO PAULO — Brazilian police say they are seeking to arrest the CEO of a beer maker who is accused of paying kickbacks to politicians disguised as donations.Federal police said Wednesday that Grupo Petropolis chief Walter Faria has not been found yet. Three othere suspects have been arrested so far.The case is part of the sprawling “Car Wash” corruption probe that has ensnared top politicians and businessmen over the last few years.Grupo Petropolis is the maker of beer Itaipava, one of the most popular in Brazil. Investigators believe Petropolis operated as front company for constructor Odebrecht to pay bribes.The brewing company has seven plants in five Brazilian states.The Associated Press read more

US consumer prices rose 03 amid widespread cost increases

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer prices rose 0.3% in July, pushed higher by more expensive gas, medical care and housing.The Labor Department says the consumer price index increased 1.8% compared with a year earlier, up from 1.6% in June. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices moved up 0.3% in July and 2.2% in the past year.The figures suggest that inflation is picking up slightly, though it remains modest. The economy is in its 11th year of growth, unemployment is low, and wages are growing modestly. These are trends that typically accelerate price gains. But many companies are reluctant to charge more in the face of online competition.Most major categories of goods and services saw price gains last month. Housing costs have jumped 3.5% in the past year.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

With the onset of winter UN agencies race to assist Afghans in

The World Food Programme (WFP) is working hard to preposition food in areas that will be cut off by snow in a couple of weeks, agency spokesperson Lindsey Davies told reporters in Islamabad. With one metre of snow reported in the Anjuman pass leading to the Panshir Valley, “trucks are still able to operate, but the fear is that with worsening conditions, the window of time for them to operate unimpeded is closing,” she said.For the first time in the history of its emergency efforts in Afghanistan, the agency has hired a so-called “harsh environment” expert from Canada to help establish a logistics base camp near the tip of the Anjuman pass to keep it open as long as possible.Among other efforts, WFP today dispatched 55 commercial trucks carrying some 550 tonnes of food to deliver food supplies to northeast Afghanistan and the Panshir Valley. Plans are under way to airdrop food to areas affected by snow. The airdropped packages are snow-proof and coloured black so that they will easily be seen.Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it has received unconfirmed reports from the Iranian Red Crescent Society that some 3,000 Afghans are living out in the open near the Makaki camp on the Afghan side of the border in Nimroz province. When they arrived at Makaki, they were given some food and other assistance, but were not admitted to the camp filled to capacity. In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that its national staff members have started an assessment in the eastern region of Afghanistan, following reports that an estimated 40,000 internally displaced persons have recently arrived in the region from Kabul, Jalalabad City and villages of Nangarhar Province. “The assessment will verify the reports and ascertain areas of concentration,” said UNICEF spokesperson Chulho Hyun. read more

US factory orders increase 11 per cent in March with business investment

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2014 8:08 am MDT In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 photo, Jesus Rodriguez grinds steel at the IDEAL Group in Detroit. The Commerce Department releases factory orders for March on Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories advanced strongly for a second month in March while demand in a key category that signals business investment plans increased by the largest amount in more than a year.The strength was further evidence that the economy was rebounding after a harsh winter.The Commerce Department says orders increased 1.1 per cent in March after increasing 1.5 per cent in February. Those gains followed two months of declines in December and January.Orders for core capital goods, considered a good proxy for business investment, jumped 3.5 per cent in March, rebounding from a 0.9 per cent drop in February. It was the biggest increase since January 2013.Economists say rising demand will boost factory production in coming months, helping the overall economy emerge from a winter slowdown. US factory orders increase 1.1 per cent in March with business investment jumping 3.5 per cent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Storm Gareth Travel warnings as wind and rain batter Britain

As the storm started to clear to the east, a human shamrock formation appeared in Trafalgar Square, as part of Tourism Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in association with the Mayor of London’s #LondonIsOpen campaignCredit:David Parry/PA If you are considering having a flutter from the comfort of having a roof over your head, Betting Reporter Ross Clarke has your tips here. Storm Gareth, in picturesSend your Storm Gareth pictures and videos to g.davies@telegraph.co.uk A photographer braves the winds of Storm Gareth and the high tide at BlackpoolCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Met Office forecaster Alex Burhill said: “We’ve got some very strong winds. The strongest in the morning rush hour are probably going to be around Northern Ireland and also western coastal parts, particularly western Scotland and north-west England.”Eastern areas might start getting some very strong winds by that point, but generally across much of the UK it’s going to be very windy this morning.”People need to be aware that there could be some travel disruption because there could be delays to things like ferries and aircraft and also bridges may need to be closed.”Heavy showers with some thunder were also expected across the northern half of the UK as the storm moves across throughout the day.Dozens of flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency in England, including two warnings for the River Ouse at York.Storm Gareth swept in across Northern Ireland on Tuesday, causing problems on the roads with fallen trees and the cancellation of ferries.Met Eireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, also warned of “severe and damaging gusts” as the storm moved over the country.The storm is expected to have moved out into the North Sea by Wednesday evening, although another band of wet and windy weather is expected to arrive from the west on Wednesday night.Goats and emu escape due to Storm GarethStorm Gareth blew a herd of goats into a busy town centre – as strong winds drove them from their hillside. Dozens of the Kashmiri goats sought shelter on lower ground as they escaped the gusty gales and heavy rain.The 122-strong herd usually live on the hilly grasslands of the Great Orme in Llandudno, north Wales, but moved into the town centre because of the bad weather.The goats were seen crossing roads and holding up traffic and climbing into gardens to nibble on flowers.A spokesman for Conwy Council said: “The goats come down to much lower ground because of the bad wet weather.” A photographer dodges a wave in the winds of Storm Gareth and the high tide at Blackpool  A ferry battles the weather as it comes into the Port of DoverCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Lorries queue at the entrance to the Port of Dover in Kent as bad weather causes cross Channel ferry delays The herd of Kashmiri goats eating bushes in Llandudno A tree which has destroyed a fence after falling in high winds in HaringeyCredit:Dinendra Haria/LNP The herd of Kashmiri goats eating bushes in LlandudnoCredit:George Good/Daily Post Wales A herd of wild goats went trip trapping in Llandudno town centre as Storm Gareth hit the regionCredit:George Good/Daily Post Wales A photographer dodges a wave in the winds of Storm Gareth and the high tide at Blackpool Credit:Getty Meanwhile in Kent, an emu went on the run after leaping over a fence when she got scared by high winds.Owner Jan James said the bird, which can run at more than 30mph, said the female emu made a break for it on Tuesday.Writing on Facebook, calling on locals on the Isle of Sheppey to look out for the 6ft-tall flightless bird, Jan wrote: “Please message me if you see our beautiful Emu. She’s jumped our perimeter fence as the high winds have freaked her out.”She’s not dangerous, but please don’t chase or approach as she’s nervous of people she doesn’t know and will run even further away.”She’s running around the fields that go down to the bird reserve and Leysdown beach. Hopefully she will come back on her own and jump back over but I would appreciate any sightings.” As the storm started to clear to the east, a human shamrock formation appeared in Trafalgar Square, as part of Tourism Ireland's St Patrick's Day celebrations in association with the Mayor of London's #LondonIsOpen campaign It is meant to be the first major meet of the spring season, but Cheltenham threatens to be somewhat of a washout this year. Storm Gareth whipped strong winds and heavy rain across the racecourse on Tuesday morning.The going was initially announced as being good to soft, but as the rain continued to hammer Gloucestershire, it was reclassified as soft before midday.  A photographer braves the winds of Storm Gareth and the high tide at Blackpool “Despite atrocious weather, Sennen Cove Lifeboat launched but due to 5-6 metre (16-20ft) waves on scene and storm force winds, it was impossible for either the fishing vessel or the lifeboat to establish a tow with La Fanette,” the MCA said.”The six crew on board were airlifted from the fishing vessel by Newquay Coastguard Rescue Helicopter.”Storm Gareth is expected to continue moving across the country throughout the day, gradually easing later on in the afternoon as the storm moves out to the North Sea.Transport links were at risk of being impacted as the squally weather blows through – while racing at the Cheltenham Festival could also be affected.Commuters using trains in Wales, Scotland, the north of England and East Anglia were warned that services could be disrupted by high winds during the morning rush hour, with speed restrictions in place across a wide area.Trains between Durham and Newcastle were halted on Wednesday morning after overhead electric wires were damaged, impacting LNER, CrossCountry, Northern and Transpennine Express services.Meanwhile, some Virgin Trains services between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston and some trains between Glasgow Central and Preston were cancelled.There were also reports of trees blocking roads and some exposed routes in the north-east of England being closed to high-sided vehicles. A tree which has destroyed a fence after falling in high winds in Haringey Update from Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course ahead of racing. It’s currently wet with no issues expected today, but we are monitoring the gusts forecast for tomorrow. #CheltenhamFestival pic.twitter.com/j2jpvIOlf1— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) March 12, 2019 A ferry battles the weather as it comes into the Port of Dover A herd of wild goats went trip trapping in Llandudno town centre as Storm Gareth hit the region After scenes like these this morning, it’s no surprise the going at @CheltenhamRaces is now SOFTWatch the #CheltenhamFestival LIVE on @ITV from 1PM pic.twitter.com/Oduqd2tSLv— ITV Racing (@itvracing) March 12, 2019 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. Lorries queue at the entrance to the Port of Dover in Kent as bad weather causes cross Channel ferry delaysCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Storm Gareth’s strong gales and heavy rain have been causing disruption, with rail and road links across the country affected.The Met Office has issued two yellow warnings for high winds covering Northern Ireland, Wales, most of England and the west coast of Scotland.Gusts of up to 75mph were recorded in Scotland on Tuesday night, while winds of over 60mph were seen widely across western parts of the UK in the early hours of Wednesday.The conditions were severe in Scotland, where three climbers died in an avalanche on Ben Nevis on Tuesday.  Six crew members were airlifted from a stricken French fishing boat off Lands End in “atrocious” 20ft waves and storm-force winds, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said.HM Coastguard was alerted at around 10pm on Tuesday night that La Fanette, a 79ft fishing vessel, had suffered engine failure.Another fishing vessel went to help and a lifeboat was launched. Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day survives stormThe second day of the Cheltenham Festival – Ladies Day – will go ahead as planned aafter fears it could be called off due to Storm Gareth. Organisers said Wednesday’s racing could be under threat “due to wind speeds of around 50mph, which might affect temporary structures at the racecourse”.Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse said: “We wanted to give everyone an early insight into conditions for tomorrow as the forecast is looking challenging, with strong gusting winds throughout the day.”We are continually monitoring the situation and will keep racegoers informed as the conditions present themselves.”Ladies Day is traditionally one of the busiest and most popular days of the festival. The second day of the meet in 2008 was also called off due to stormy weather. But 2019’s Ladies Day survived the weather when organisers confirmed the wind speeds had become more moderate and the health worries were therefore alleviated.  read more

Cops hold taxi driver for seamans murder

Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has confirmed that detectives have arrested a taxi driver for questioning in relation to the murder of Roy Rowland, whose body was discovered with a single gunshot wound to the head at Marigold Street, South Ruimveldt Gardens.Dead: Roy RowlandINews understands that ever since the taxi driver was taken into Police custody, he has been giving conflicting accounts of his interactions with the now deceased man. The driver is reportedly claiming that Rowland requested to be dropped at a location in West Ruimveldt and instructed him (the driver) to collect him after dropping home his child mother.However, he told ranks that after dropping home Rowland’s child mother, he went back to collect him, but he was nowhere to be seen. He attempted to phone him several times, but all the calls went unanswered.He said he went away and it was not until Wednesday morning, he learnt of the man’s demise. The Police will continue to interrogate the suspect.The body of the 27-year-old seaman, of Lot 25 Castello Housing Scheme, La Penitence, Georgetown, was discovered about 06:30h by a resident who went to take out his cattle. He immediately raised an alarm and the Police were summoned.During investigations, a 9mm spent shell was found at the scene. The Police are working on the theory that the man might have been killed somewhere else and his body dumped in the area, since residents did not hear a firearm being discharged. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops hold one over brutal murder of Tuschen taxi driverOctober 6, 2016In “Crime”Labourer charged for shooting ‘Baby mama’s’ Taxi DriverJune 10, 2014In “Crime”One more charged for murder of Pegasus Taxi DriverMay 16, 2014In “Crime” read more

New Nexus 5 photo shows curved back flush volume rocker

first_imgWith Google having all but halted sales of the Nexus 4, the successor can’t be that far off. As more leaks for the updated Nexus pour in, we get a much better look at the sides of the device.The FCC filing for the Nexus 5 showed us the front and back of the phone in top down photos, but there wasn’t much in the way of detail or anything to compare the phone to. Even in the original accidental leak from Google in their Kit Kat video, it was clear that the new Nexus was going to be a little different, but there wasn’t a ton to go by.As we piece all of these photos together, combined with the specs that leaked recently, the phone really begins to take shape. This Nexus 5 appears to be the first since the Nexus One with a soft touch coating on the back and what now appears to be very thin volume and power buttons that lay flush against the bezel of the phone, similar to the Nexus 4.The soft texture and curved back to the Nexus 5 will be a wildly different experience from the Nexus 4, whose glass backing created a very boxy feel. The person responsible for the photo claims that the phone has very little bezel on the front, but that the screen was just OK compared to the Galaxy Note 3. This is likely a statement made in comparing IPS LCD to Super AMOLED, which is a common preference conversation among smartphone enthusiasts.The LG LCD panels have historically performed better than Samsung’s AMOLED panels in direct sunlight and offer much more when it comes to viewing angles, but it is also possible that this new Nexus is not using the same kind of panel that the LG G2 is using.The wait for Google to officially announce this phone and the next version of Android can’t be too far off now, so we’ll know for sure soon enough.last_img read more

Le puma de lest américain officiellement déclaré éteint

first_imgLe puma de l’est américain officiellement déclaré éteintLes autorités environnementales américaines ont déclaré officiellement éteinte la sous-espèce de puma (ou couguar) dite “de l’est” hier, après avoir passé en revue documentation scientifique et témoignages sur ce félin, supposé disparu dès les années 1930.”Nous reconnaissons que de nombreuses personnes disent avoir vu des couguars dans la nature ces dernières décennies, sur l’habitat historique du couguar de l’est, mais nous ne pensons pas que ces félins soient des couguars de l’est, et nous n’avons trouvé aucune information [scientifique] qui confirmerait leur survivance”, a déclaré Martin Miller, le responsable du service des espèces menacées pour la région nord-est des Etats-Unis, selon qui les animaux observés appartiennent à d’autres sous-espèces du grand fauve américain.À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en PapouasieL’administration américaine de la pêche et de la faune a donc déclaré officiellement éteinte cette sous-espèce de puma, vraisemblablement disparue depuis les années 1930, et a recommandé de la rayer de la liste des animaux menacés d’extinction. Une décision fédérale qui n’affecte pas le statut des autres sous-espèces de puma (Puma concolor).Le nombre de celles-ci est d’ailleurs sujet à controverses. Si certains scientifiques distinguaient 30 à 35 variétés du grand félin, une étude génétique a, en 2000, ramené ce nombre à 6, sans dissiper totalement une certaine confusion en la matière.   Le 3 mars 2011 à 11:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

List of road closures in San Diego due to flooding

first_img The San Diego Police Department has closed the following roads due to flooding from Thursday’s storm. List of road closures in San Diego due to flooding Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: February 14, 2019 Several roads around the city are closed due to flooding. Please avoid these areas if possible. #sandiegowx #cawx pic.twitter.com/cZXugCzyGQ— City of San Diego (@CityofSanDiego) February 14, 2019More closures: Via De La Moda in Fashion ValleyAvenida Del Rio from Camino De La Reina to Riverwalk DriveSan Diego Mission Road between Rancho Mission Road and FairmountAirway Road at La Media Road – 2000 block of Saturn Blvd – 2600 block of Hollister Street10th Ave at C Street – 3600-3800 block of Midway Dr, WB #2 lane6000 Carroll Road, WB5600 Carroll Canyon RoadSorrento Valley Road at Carroll Canyon RoadSorrento Valley Road at Carmel Mountain RoadHighland Valley Road at Pomerado RoadCarmel Mountain Road between Paseo Cardiel and Freeport RoadMuir Ave at Cable StreetFlooding and closures by division:Central: 10TH /C STREET, WATER OVER THE CURB AND SIDEWALK UPAS (EAST & WEST LANES) CLOSED FROM TEXAS AND LOUISIANA26TH STREET CLOSED FROM PERSHING TO RUSSEastern:• SAN DIEGO MISSION RD BETWEEN RANCHO MISSION RD AND FAIRMOUNT FLOODED• 10800 SAN DIEGO MISSION RD 6 INCHES OF WATER• 5300 MISSION CENTER, FLOODED ROAD CLOSED• CAM DE LA REINA BTWN CAM DE LA SIESTA AND AVNDA DEL RIOS CLOSED COMPLETELY• CAMINO DEL RIO NORTH AT SR-163 CLOSED Barricaded• SOUTHBOUND LANES HAZARD CENTER ROAD AT MISSION CENTER ROAD CLOSED• CAM DEL ESTE/STATION VILLAGE LN FLOODINGMid-City: GRIM AVENUE AT UPAS, USE CAUTION DUE TO POTENTIAL FLOODINGWestern: • SEFTON FIELD, ROAD CLOSED WITH CONES• 678 SILVER GATE AV, FLOOD RELATED SINK HOLE DEVELOPING• 4837 CORONADO AVE, CORONADO CLOSED BTWN SUNSET CLIFFS/CABLE, TREE FELL ON HOUSE• SEFTON PARK IS FLOODED• VIA DE LA MODA, FLOODED AND BLOCKED OFF• AVENIDA DEL RIO, 60 FT OF THE ST IS COVERED, WATER IS APPROX 50 FT FROM THE RIVERWALK AND 120FT FROM CAM DE LA REINA• 3600-3800 MIDWAY, WB #2 LANE FLOODED• MUIR/CABLE, ALL INTERSECTIONS ALONG CABLE HAVE FLOODING• 1200 FASHION VALLEY RD FLOODED AND NOT PASSABLE• CAMINO DE LA REINA UNDER SR-163, CLOSED• CAMINO DE LA REINA/CAMINO DEL ESTE INTO FASHION VALLEY MALL, CLOSED/BARRICADED ON NORTH END• FASHION VALLEY RD/RIVERWALK CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, BARRICADED• FASHION VALLEY ROAD/HOTEL CIRCLE NORTH, HOTEL GUEST ONLY• CAM DEL RIO N/CAM DEL ESTE BARRICADED ON NORTH END – RIVER OVERFLOW• HOTEL CIRCLE N/FASHION VALLEY BARRICADED – RIVER OVERFLOW• RIVERWALK/FASHION VALLEY RD BARRICADED – RVER OVERFLOWSouthern: • 2000 SATURN BL, HEAVILY FLOODED, ROAD CLOSED• 2600 HOLLISTER, COMPLETELY FLOODED• AIRWAY/LA MEDIA STILL, FLOODED• 2400 HOLLISTER, BARELEY PASSABLE. NOT ADVISEDSoutheastern:• 54TH ST/MARKET ST FLOODED WITH MUD AND DEBRISNorthern:•ORTHERN WICOPEE/CAFLUR, FLOODED NOT PASSABLE• MT ACADIA BL/COWLEY WY 20-25 FT TREE DOWN BLOCKING WB LANESNortheastern:• 12500 HIGHLAND VALLEY, COMPLETELY FLOODED• 13500 HIGHLAND VALLEY, COMPLETELY FLOODED• 10000 CARMEL MTN RD, FLOODING STARTING• 10400 CARMEL MTN E/OF ARMSTRONG, HEAVY FLOODING• 10560 ROOKWOOD DR, 100FT EUCALYPTUS TREE FELL AND BLOCKING ENTIRE STREET• 12400 HIGHLAND VALLEY RD, FLOODING NOT PASSABLENorthwestern:• 11200 ROSELLE ST, FLOODED• 5600 CARROLL CANYON, FLOODED• 6000 CARROL RD, WB FLOODED WB BLOCKED OFF• CARMEL MTN RD/SORRENTO VALLEY RD, INTERSECITON COMPLETELY FLOODED• 10170 SORRENTO VALLEY, MUD SLIDE IN THE INTERSECTION AND STREET FLOODED 2 FT DEEP, STORM DRAINS ARE CLOGGED, WATER IS GETTING DEEPER• 3300 CARMEL MTN RD WB BLOCKED• 11800 SORRENTO VALLEY NB BLOCKED• ROSELLE ST/ESTUARY WY FLOODED AND NOT PASSABLE• 6000 CARROLL ROAD, FLOODED AND NOT PASSABLE Mike McKinnon III Updated: 6:37 AM February 14, 2019 Mike McKinnon III, last_img read more

Nicki Minaj Hits No 1 On Billboard Gospel Songs Chart

first_img Nicki Minaj Tops Billboard Gospel Chart nicki-minaj-hits-no-1-billboard-gospel-songs-chart Email Facebook News Nicki Minaj Hits No. 1 On Billboard Gospel Songs Chart The rapper makes a surprise splash with feature on Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s new single “I’m Getting Ready”GRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 5:38 pm Nicki Minaj has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart!The rap star is featured on GRAMMY-winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s new single “I’m Getting Ready,” the first off of Cobb Leonard’s latest album Heart. Passion. Pursuit.Minaj raps: “Beach house vibes maneuver the jet ski/ Because I serve a God that parted the Red Sea/ Multi-million dollar commercials for Pepsi/ From food stamps to more ice than Gretzky.”The track arrived at No. 1 on the Gospel Digital Song Sales chart with 5,000 downloads sold during the week ending Aug. 31, according to Nielsen Music, and has garnered over 842,000 in on-demand audio streams.While many have criticized Minaj’s inclusion on the song, Cobbs Leonard’s label Motown Gospel says that “…Ready” will be promoted to gospel radio, with Minaj’s vocals intact.Read More: Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Collection Now Available Twitter last_img read more

Pilgrims stage demonstrations at hajj camp

first_imgPilgrims stage demonstrations at hajj camp. Photo: Ashraful AlamA group of intending hajj pilgrims on Saturday staged demonstrations in front of the Ashkona hajj camp in the capital, demanding punishment of hajj agencies for fraudulence.Shortly after the Zuhr prayers, the aspirant hajj pilgrims who could not yet fly for Makkah apparently either mismanagement or fraudulence of the hajj agencies, brought out a procession carrying a banner.Officials in the hajj agencies said the uncertainty whether as much as 3,000 pilgrims will at all be able to reach Saudi Arabia to perform hajj is not over as yet.Some 127,198 pilgrims were scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private management, following the restoration of its quota that was suspended for four years due to renovation work on the Kaaba premises, during which the number fell to 101,000-102,000.During the demonstration, intending pilgrims accused several hajj agencies including Madina Air International Aviation, Al Balak, Sanjid Travel, and Eco Travel of fraudulence.They alleged that these agencies took money from them but were yet to issue them the air tickets.They also staged demonstrations earlier on Friday in front of the Ashkona hajj camp.Talking to newsmen at Hajj Director’s office, parliamentary standing committee on religious affairs ministry chairman Bazlul Haque Harun said general diaries have been filed against the hajj agencies accused of fraudulence.“The general diaries will be turned into cases if they don’t send the pilgrims in a day or two,” he said.Of 127,198 scheduled intending pilgrims, 951 could not submit their passport for visa even by the last date, albeit the Saudi authorities extended the timeline for two days, and thus lost all the chances to get the visa this time.As of Friday, a total of 109,096 pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia. The national flagship carrier, Bangladesh Biman Airlines, will operate its last flight today, Saturday, and Saudi Airlines will carry pilgrims until next Monday.And by this time, some 17,157 pilgrims will have to be carried to the holy city of Makkah.last_img read more