Chelsea Rebel Rudiger’s rise from teenage street striker to £34m Chelsea star Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Chelsea Roma Premier League Serie A Ahead of the German’s meeting with former club Roma on Wednesday, Goal looks back at the defender’s perilous journey to the top Kind-hearted but with an appetite for mischief during his teenage years, Antonio Rudiger hasn’t taken the simplest path to the Chelsea first team but it is a stage on which he undoubtedly belongs.Blues 17/20 for CS v WatfordThe 24-year-old now represents a team from west London’s wealthiest suburb, but he was born and grew up in Neukolln, a tough area in Berlin where crime was rife. His parents, Matthias and Lily, met in the German capital after being forced to flee Sierra Leone in 1991 due to the civil war. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Rudiger made his first steps into professional football at the relatively late age of 15, having honed his skills in street football. He then left Berlin to build his career at Borussia Dortmund, but his route to the top would not be easy, after spending eight years in amateur football.Dirk Jacob signed a nine-year-old Rudiger for his club, SV Tasmania Berlin, after taking him from another local side in VfB Sperber Neukolln. Jacob remembered how Rudiger’s mentality used to change as soon as the whistle was blown for kick-off.”I was the coach of the then-E1 juniors with players who were 9 or 10 and I brought Antonio to my team,” Jacob told Goal. “He stood out at that time because of his quiet and calm behaviour, but on the pitch he was the opposite of quiet and calm.”Antonio was always looking for fun. He wanted to do everything right in games. He was at almost every training session no matter what the weather was like. Technically, as a runner and in footballing terms, he was very strong.”Because of his endurance and his acceleration he was one of the best in his group. Antonio was very good at dribbling. He was physically strong and already tall for his age. Technically, his abilities were already very pronounced and he was good at shooting.”In the two years Antonio played in my team he mostly played as a striker. But he was quite good in every other position too. I even used him as a goalkeeper from time to time.”Jacob, who has coached in Neukolln since 2002, then recalls his favourite story whilst training Rudiger, revealing just how big a heart the defender possesses.”Antonio always stood for justice,” he said. “During one match, he ran towards the empty goal of our opponents and could have scored. But Antonio waited instead for an eternity for one of his teammates, gave him the ball and the team-mate then scored the goal. This team-mate had never scored a goal until then. It is my favourite memory of him.”Rudiger played three seasons with Tasmania before moving on to Neukollner Sportfreunde 1907 for one season. He then went to Hertha Zehlendorf for two years before he was picked up by Dortmund.Hertha Zehlendorf was a step up for Rudiger, who saw his half-brother Sahr Senesie — eight years his senior — signed by Dortmund while he was still in the amateur game. Markus Plog was coaching Antonio at that time and admitted that he had to manage the teenager’s attitude.”I still remember that when he was playing for us, he sometimes showed a fiery temper,” Plog told Goal. “There was a time when Toni wasn’t allowed to play for a couple of games due to ill-discipline, like arriving late to training sessions and other things like that.”But I think that was a very important lesson for him and from that point on he changed. He became a disciplined, hungry guy who always wanted to achieve more and more. From that point on it was a lot of fun working with him.”Rudiger needed that hunger as he was discarded after two-and-a-half years by Dortmund, who believed he wasn’t good enough. But he got another big chance at Stuttgart. He made his debut in the bottom professional tier of German football for Stuttgart II at the age of 18 and maintained a place in the team until his Bundesliga debut just six months later.Antonio Conte quickly became impressed with Rudiger during his first season at Roma in 2015-16. The Chelsea manager wanted to bring him to Stamford Bridge at the end of that campaign but Rudiger tore his anterior cruciate ligament at the worst possible time.Not only did it delay his move to Chelsea for a whole year, it also denied him the chance to travel to Euro 2016 with Germany. But Rudiger was able to draw upon all the determination and spirit that had allowed him to make it in a ruthless profession by completing a full recovery and winning the Confederations Cup this summer with Germany.After two excellent seasons at Roma — during which he displayed great class and dignity during the infamous Senad Lulic racism storm — he finally made a £34 million move to Chelsea, with £350,000 filtering back into his youth clubs. Plog summed up his pride at seeing what his protege had become.”When I see Toni now in the shirt of Germany or Chelsea it makes me really proud,” Plog gushed. “He was our player at under-16 level and now he plays in the Premier League in London.”There are some days I still can’t believe it when I watch him on television against Messi or Ronaldo in the Champions League.”Indeed, as Rudiger prepares to face former club Roma at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, he should serve as an example to every young footballer of just what can be achieved in adversity when you combine talent with belief and a big heart.
November 16, 2019
Manchester United v Manchester City Forget containing City, can they handle United? – De Gea lays down derby challenge Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 06:08 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League Manchester United Manchester City David de Gea The Red Devils goalkeeper believes Jose Mourinho’s side have nothing to fear at Old Trafford, with Pep Guardiola set to face as many problems David de Gea is tired of people talking up Manchester City and has warned them that United are entering derby day in confident mood.Ahead of an eagerly-anticipated fixture at Old Trafford, much of the pre-match attention has focused on Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Premier League leaders.City have been in inspired form so far in 2017-18, with results dug out on the rare occasions in which opponents are not blown away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player De Gea, though, believes that United – who sit eight points off the title pace at present – are equally as strong and feels Jose Mourinho’s side will ask plenty of questions of their own on Sunday.Quizzed by Thierry Henry for Sky Sports on how you stop City, the Spain international goalkeeper said: “Can City stop United? We play at home with the fans.“It’s a derby, we have confidence, we feel really strong and we want to win.”The team is in a good moment, we won two difficult away games so we have confidence and we know we play an important game. We really want to win.”United will be without the suspended Paul Pogba when City arrive at Old Trafford, but Mourinho has offered positive updates on other members of his squad hoping to play some part in a crunch clash.Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Phil Jones come back into contention after shaking off knocks, while Nemanja Matic is available for selection and Marouane Fellaini will face a late fitness check. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
October 26, 2019
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s almost college football time. You can start to feel it in the air.Media days are taking place across the country. Teams are set to report to fall camp in the coming weeks.Opening weekend will be here before you know it.In anticipation of the start of the 2018 season, let’s take a look at ESPN’s latest preseason top 25, which comes from its Football Power Index.There are little surprises on top.Here is the latest preseason top 25 poll from the Worldwide Leader, which includes projected win-loss records from the FPI.Clemson: 11.4-1.5Alabama: 10.8-1.9Georgia: 10.9-1.9Ohio State: 10.3-2.1Notre Dame: 10.0-2.0Washington: 10.6-2.1Auburn: 9.1-3.1Penn State: 9.7-2.5Oklahoma: 10.4-2.3Michigan State: 9.5-2.7Michigan: 8.6-3.6Wisconsin: 9.6-2.9Stanford: 8.4-3.8Miami: 9.5-3.0USC: 8.7-4.0Mississippi State: 8.4-3.7Texas: 8.6-3.9FSU: 7.3-4.8Texas A&M: 7.4-4.7Oklahoma State: 8.4-3.9Florida: 8.2-4.0Virginia Tech: 8.0-4.2Oregon: 8.3-3.8Georgia Tech: 7.1-5.0Iowa: 8.2-4.1The season can’t get here soon enough!
October 22, 2019
A new resource featuring poems by local author George Borden will give Nova Scotia students an opportunity to explore African Heritage throughout the year. Mr. Borden today, Jan. 16, joined African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince, on behalf of Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, to launch I Never Heard Their Cry! Selected Poems of George Borden. “I congratulate Mr. Borden on this collection and thank him for providing his work to our students,” said Mr. Ince. “Preserving and promoting African Nova Scotian history is deeply important, especially for our young people, and I’m thrilled that Mr. Borden’s work will be in schools for reflection and discussion.” In the summer of 2011, Mr. Borden donated his poetry collection to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development so it could be shared with Nova Scotia students. “Our Black story has not been told as it should have been, and only in a very few cases by Blacks. I’m trying to correct that,” said Mr. Borden. The department published the collection, and, in the spring, will provide it to high schools as part of a local authors package. Additional copies will be given to African Canadian Studies 11 and English 12: African Heritage classes. Mr. Borden is an author, poet, and songwriter from New Glasgow. He has written children’s stories and gospel songs, and has published a trilogy of poetry works recounting the Black experience from Africa to modern day Nova Scotia. His work has also been published in numerous anthologies and provincial and national newspapers and magazines.
October 17, 2019
OTTAWA – The Trudeau government has appointed a new chair of the Crown corporation that facilitated a controversial helicopter deal with the Philippines, and ordered the organization to become less reliant on selling arms.The shake-up at Canadian Commercial Corp. was announced Tuesday by International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne as he confirmed the Philippines had formally cancelled the helicopter deal.The Philippines originally planned to buy 16 aircraft from Montreal-based Bell Helicopters for an estimated $300 million.But that was before concerns were raised that the Philippine military could use the helicopters to commit human-rights violations during the course of operations against terrorists and communist rebels in the country.The Liberals initially defended the contract, saying the aircraft would only be used for search-and-rescue and disaster relief, but ordered a review after the Philippine military official revealed they would be used for “internal security operations.”In response to the review, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at what he described as restrictions on the use of military equipment against terrorists and rebels before ordering military commanders to kill the deal with Canada.In a hastily called news conference outside the House of Commons, Champagne confirmed that the deal had been officially nixed even as he defended the Trudeau government’s actions in relation to the contract.“With respect to the end use of these helicopters, human rights is a key component of foreign policy and our trade policy and it was the right decision to launch a review,” he said, adding that he would talk to Bell Helicopter in the coming days.The trade minister also revealed that businessman Doug Harrison, who heads an international transportation and logistics company based out of Richmond, B.C., had been appointed chair of the Canadian Commercial Corp.Harrison takes over from Stephen Sorocky, the Toronto-based investor who had served as interim chairman since 2016. A senior government official said the process to select and appoint Harrison pre-dated the helicopter deal with the Philippines.“As part of a renewal process, I’ve appointed a new chair of the board,” Champagne said. “And it is our aim to diversify. We wanted to diversify our portfolio and we will continue that and be less reliant on the defence sector.”The CCC is responsible for selling Canadian goods to foreign governments, including arms and military equipment, which the previous Conservative government emphasized as part of its mandate.But the Crown corporation has been criticized by arms-control groups and others for secrecy and not doing enough to take human rights into account before concluding deals, particularly with developing countries.It previously played a central role in the multibillion-dollar sale of Canadian-made armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia in 2014, which the Trudeau government has continued to support despite opposition from various corners.The helicopter deal was only made public when the Philippine military revealed the purchase; Champagne has said the contract was signed under the auspices of a previous agreement and that neither he nor any other ministers were asked to sign off on it.— Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version suggested Sorocky was replaced as chairman of CCC.
October 17, 2019
FREDERICTON — The federal government says meetings are planned Friday with officials in Oka, Que., and the neighbouring Mohawk community of Kanesatake in a dispute over a proposed land deal that has caused tensions in the area.Marc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, said Tuesday the plan is to meet with both sides and let them spell out their expectations.The tone has mounted since news broke of local developer Gregoire Gollin’s intention to donate the 60 hectares known as The Pines to the Kanesatake Mohawk Council.Gollin has said he acted in the spirit of reconciliation when he signed the agreement. He also said he is prepared to discuss the sale to the federal government of an additional 150 hectares for transfer to the Mohawk community — nearly half of which he said is adjacent to land owned by Kanesatake.Oka mayor Pascal Quevillon has raised concerns about becoming encircled by Kanesatake, saying property values would decline and he fears illegal dumping and an expansion of cannabis and cigarette merchants.Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon has demanded an apology, saying the mayor has used social ills facing his community for political purposes.“In the last week it’s been a difficult road because there has been a lot of words that have been exchanged, some very heated, some that are irresponsible,” Miller told reporters at the Assembly of First Nations conference in Fredericton.“Both sides are feeling the effects of that, but the most important thing we’ve been trying to say — and the Quebec government has echoed that — these discussions need to be had, even if they are difficult, in the utmost respect.”Miller said what has been lost in the rhetoric is that the two communities about 90 kilometres northwest of Montreal have lived in peace for the majority of their existence. He warned against the Oka mayor’s “careless comments” about the Mohawk community.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett also warned against misinformation. “Everyone is concerned. Everyone wants us to find a peaceful resolution to this,” she said.The Canadian Press
October 12, 2019
LOS ANGELES — After nearly 20 years, the current manifestation of X-Men movies is going out with a whimper.Studios on Sunday estimate that “Dark Phoenix” earned a franchise low of $33 million from 3,721 North American locations over the weekend for a second place finish. “Dark Phoenix” is the first major 20th Century Fox film to be released by the Walt Disney Co.Domestically the top spot went to Universal Pictures and Illumination’s animated “The Secret Life of Pets 2” which grossed $47.11 million in ticket sales. Although enough for a No. 1 start, it’s also less than half what the first film opened to in 2016.“Aladdin” coasted to third with $24.5 million, “Godzilla: King of The Monsters” placed fourth with $15.5 million and “Rocketman” took fifth with $14 million.By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
October 4, 2019
Dispute over immigration erupts during White House lunch designed to search for compromise by Nedra Pickler And Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A White House lunch aiming for co-operation boiled into a fresh dispute with newly empowered Republicans over immigration reform Friday, with GOP leaders warning President Barack Obama to his face not to take unilateral action. The president stood unflinchingly by his plan to act.Republicans attending the postelection lunch at Obama’s invitation said they asked him for more time to work on legislation, but the president said his patience was running out. He underscored his intent to act on his own by the end of the year if they don’t approve legislation to ease deportations before then and send it to him to sign.The Republicans’ approach, three days after they resoundingly won control of the Senate in midterm elections, “seemed to fall on deaf ears,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said in a telephone interview. “The president instead of being contrite or saying in effect to America, ‘I hear you,’ as a result of the referendum on his policies that drove this last election, he seems unmoved and even defiant.”“I don’t know why he would want to sabotage his last two years as president by doing something this provocative,” said Cornyn. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this week said the president’s stance was “like waving a red flag in front of a bull.”Obama press secretary Josh Earnest said there was no reason that executive action on immigration should kill opportunities for the president and Republicans to find common ground.“I could stand up here and say Republicans to vote once again for the 50th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that that’s playing with fire or waving a red flag in front of a bull. I’m not really sure what that means,” Earnest said.The White House said lawmakers went home from the meeting with a parting gift — a six-pack of beer brewed at the White House. The White House also said Obama laid out three areas where he and Congress could work together before the end of the year — emergency funding to combat the Ebola outbreak, approval of a federal budget and quick action on spending to fight the Islamic State militant group.House Speaker John Boehner’s office said he told Obama he was ready to work with the president on a new authorization for military force against the IS group if the president worked to build bipartisan support. The White House announced soon after lunch ended that the U.S. was sending as many as 1,500 more troops to Iraq to serve as advisers, trainers and security personnel as part of the mission. Obama is also asking Congress for more than $5 billion to help fund the fight.Friday’s two-hour meeting was tense at times, according to a senior House Republican aide. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, about to lose his grip on the upper chamber, barely said a word, the aide said. The aide said at one point as House Speaker John Boehner was making an argument on immigration, Obama responded that his patience was running out and Vice-President Joe Biden interrupted to ask how long Republicans needed. Obama angrily cut Biden off, the aide said.The aide was not authorized to describe the back-and-forth publicly by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.Publicly Obama’s tone was more upbeat as he opened the gathering. He pledged to work on ending long-running partisan gridlock and to be open to Republican ideas. The president said the lunch was a chance to “explore where we can make progress” after Americans showed in the midterm elections that they wanted to see more accomplished in Washington.“They’d like to see more co-operation,” Obama said, sitting at the middle of 13 lawmakers in the Old Family Dining Room set with the Truman china. “And I think all of us have the responsibility, me in particular, to try to make that happen.”Reporters were ushered out before any lawmaker spoke or the lunch of sea bass was served. Republican descriptions of the meeting were provided after they returned to Capitol Hill.For the record, Boehner’s office said he suggested that the president should back a Republican jobs bill as a starting place for bipartisan action.Obama said at the start he was interested in “hearing and sharing ideas” for compromise on measures to boost the economy, then mentioned his personal priorities of college affordability and investment in road and building projects. He also touted improved monthly job growth numbers out Friday as evidence his economic policies are working, saying, “We’re doing something right here.”Briefings on Ebola and the Islamic State from Pentagon officials dominated much of the meeting, and the immigration debate was said to have lasted about half an hour. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Republicans told Obama that any executive order, particularly on immigration but any issue, would be a “toxic decision.”“He still hasn’t come to grips with the reality of the election and the consequences of the election,” Barrasso said. “His tone and tenor didn’t seem to reflect that of somebody whose policies were just significantly rejected all across the country just three days ago.”___Associated Press writers Donna Cassata and Andrew Taylor contributed to this report.Follow Nedra Pickler on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nedrapickler
September 24, 2019
Speakers at IZA’s 2016 International Zinc Conference held February 21-24 in Scottsdale, Arizona forecast a very positive outlook for the zinc market.Presentations covering zinc market dynamics were given by IZA Chairman Rodrigo Daud (Votorantim Metais), Vivienne Lloyd (Macquarie), Graham Deller (CRU International), Chris Parker (Wood Mackenzie), Duncan Hobbs (Noble Group) and Don Smale (International Lead Zinc Study Group), among others. Speakers pointed to the closure of MMG’s Century mine in Australia and Vedanta’s Lisheen mine in Ireland, along with production cutbacks from Glencore, Nyrsar and others. These closures and production cutbacks amount to over 1 Mt of zinc and there is no significant new mine production coming on line to replace this tonnage in the short-term.Most analysts were in agreement that the metal’s fundamentals are strong. It is expected that the cuts in zinc mine production will impact the market through drawdown of zinc stocks, which in turn may impact LME prices. Analysts differed on the timing and speed at which these drawdowns would occur, but generally agreed that zinc demand would continue to improve globally. Some believe the impact will be felt in the second half of 2016 while some others thought early 2017.IZA Executive Director Stephen Wilkinson concurs with this positive outlook for zinc and stated: “The zinc market remains strong and it is notable to see most of the analysts in concurrence with this positive outlook. Globally, zinc demand is growing and we see growth in new zinc applications such as fertilizers and galvanized rebar, die castings and expanding galvanized sheet use in the automotive sector in China and India. When fully realized, these initiatives are expected to have an impact of up to 1 million tonnes of zinc.”The 2016 International Zinc and Zinc Oxide Conferences were attended by over 300 representatives from zinc mining, refining, end users and related industry and government organisations.
September 22, 2019
rutenka ← Previous Story WCh 2013 Group D: Three teams with 100% Next Story → WCh 2013: First win for Belarus – Tunisia beat Montenegro! Day 6 at the World Championship 2013 in Spain will give us an answer, who are the first teams at knockout stage. Matches will be played in all four groups from Granollers to Sevilla.(15:45) South Korea – Belarus (Zaragoza – Group C)(15:45) Qatar – Russia (Sevilla – Group B)(16:00) Tunis – Montenegro (Granolers – Group)(16:45) Algeria – Egypt (Madrid – Group D)(18:00), Macedonia – Iceland (Sevilla – Group B)(18:00) Serbian – Saudi Arabia (Zaragoza – Group C)(18:15) Germany – Argentina (Granolers – Group)(19:00) Spain – Australia (Madrid – Group D)(20:15) Denmark – Chile (Sevilla – Group B)(20:15) Slovenia – Poland (Zaragoza Group C)(20:45) France – Brazil (Granolers – Group)(21:15) Croatia – Hungary (Madrid – Group D)
September 22, 2019
IRELAND’S WOMEN CAN this afternoon officially call themselves Six Nations champions as the sit top of the table with eight points.The side, coached by Philip Doyle and captained by Fiona Coughlan, reinforced their title credentials with victory over France in Ashbourne last night.Tries from Niamh Briggs and Ailis Egan, plus a conversion and penalty from Briggs, gave the hosts a 15-10 win over Les Bleus.That left Italy needing a win away to England this afternoon to keep a slim hope of overtaking Ireland alive.Instead, they were handed a resounding 34-0 defeat by the deposed champions to leave Ireland four points clear of France, England and Italy with just one game left to play.It is the first time since Scotland’s 1998 triumph that neither England or France have taken the crown. The first act of the new champions will be to travel to Milan next weekend, where Italy will stand between them and a historic Grand Slam.In pics: Ireland Women secure historic win over FranceBoost for Lions as Pocock ruled out of summer series
September 12, 2019
Pete Townshend’s First Rock Novel Covers “Craziness Of The Music Business” News Pete Townshend’s First Rock Novel Out In Fall pete-townshends-first-rock-novel-covers-craziness-music-business For more information on how to pre-order the book, visit the publisher’s website. Read more Twitter Email “The novel captures the craziness of the music business and displays Townshend’s sly sense of humor and sharp ear for dialogue. First conceived as an opera, The Age of Anxiety deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness and long-lost children,” they said. “Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity.” Hachette Books and Coronet noted the novel was first conceived as an opera and highlighted Townshend’s writing. The Age Of Anxiety, Rolling Stone reports, will be a part of a greater three-part project featuring an art installation and an opera. Rolling Stone adds that this is Townshend’s first “rock novel,” but has previously written rock operas and other fiction. “Ten years ago I decided to create a magnum opus that would combine opera, art installation and novel,” he said in a statement. “Suddenly here I am with a completed novel ready to publish. I am an avid reader and have really enjoyed writing it. I am also happy to say the majority of the music is composed, ready to be polished up for release and performance. It’s tremendously exciting.” In a statement, the musician spoke about his excitement for finishing the novel he decided to create ten years ago. Facebook This is the musician’s first “rock novel,” but he has previously written rock operas and other fiction.Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Mar 7, 2019 – 11:55 am GRAMMY-winning musician and songwriter Pete Townshend from the British classic-rock band The Who has written a rock novel that embodies the “craziness of the music business” to be released Nov. 5, publishers Hachette Books and Coronet announced Tuesday (March 5.)
September 3, 2019
Road Accident logoTwo people were killed as a truck hit their motorcycle at Goala Bazar in Osmaninagar upazila on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased are Khaled Ahmed, 23, son of certain Awlad Ali of Eolatail village, and Muhib Miah, 25, son of late Matiur Rahman of Paschim Brahman village in the upazila. They were local leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).The BRTC bus hit their bike around 6:00pm, leaving Khaled dead on the spot and Muhib severely injured. Muhib died on the way to hospital, said Officer-in-charge of Osmaninagar Police Station.
September 3, 2019
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will not take part in the upcoming mayoral by-polls of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and elections to upazila councils.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the decision of boycotting the elections after a meeting of the party’s standing committee members on Thursday evening.”BNP will never participate in any election under this government,” he told newsmen after the meeting held at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in the capital.Fakhrul also said that they took the decision considering the ‘experiences’ the party encountered during the 30-December 11th parliamentary election. The BNP rejected the results of 11th parliamentary elections, bringing allegations of vote rigging. The party has been demanding a fresh election under a neutral administration. The ruling Awami League and its allies won 288 seats out of 299 while BNP won in six constituencies. BNP will also boycott Kishoreganj-1 by-polls and Gaibandha-3 constituencies, Fakhrul added. The DNCC mayoral by-polls are supposed to be held on 28 February. Following this, upazila council elections will be conducted in March, according to the election commission.
September 2, 2019
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:02 Listen Flickr/Kumar Appaiah Share The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence heard testimony on a pair of bills to abolish the death penalty in Texas. Houston Representatives Harold Dutton and Jessica Farrar authored the bills.Speaking at a press conference before the committee hearing, Dutton said that, as the death penalty is administered, there’s too great a risk of innocent people being executed along with the guilty.“This is a system where the wrong person can be arrested. The wrong person can be tried. The wrong person can be convicted. The wrong person can be sentenced,” he said.Dutton has proposed a bill to eliminate the death penalty in every legislative session since 2003. Farrar has offered one of her own every two years since 2007. Opponents, arguing the death penalty remains an effective deterrent to violent crime, have stymied all efforts to get such a bill to the House floor.“This bill may not pass this time,” Dutton said. “But if it doesn’t pass this time, we’ll be here next time, fighting the same fight, trying to make sure that Texas gets on the right page when it comes to our criminal justice system.”The latest bills have just six weeks to make it through both chambers before the current legislative session ends.
September 2, 2019
Share Michael StravatoA man who declined to be identified looks at Bushmaster rifles at the NRA’s national convention in Houston, Friday May 3, 2013.The National Rifle Association’s annual meeting here this week, featuring scheduled appearances by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, is expected to draw tens of thousands of gun-rights advocates and plenty of protests. Here’s what you need to know about the group’s first convention in Texas since 2013.Supporters call it ‘the premier Second Amendment celebration’The three-day event begins Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Hundreds of vendors, including all of the country’s major firearm companies, will be spread out over 650,000 square feet offering their wares to hunters, gamers, ranchers and gun enthusiasts. There are also training and advocacy events, concerts and the organization’s annual membership meeting.More than 70,000 people are expected to attend.“It’s the premier Second Amendment celebration in the United States,” said NRA spokesman Jason Brown.As the legislative director of the Texas State Rifle Association, Alice Tripp has been to several of the annual NRA meetings even though she’s not a member. She said they’re “absolutely huge” and draw passionate gun owners from all over the country.“It’s important to them to never miss one,” Tripp said. “It’s the family vacation. And God bless them. I’m all for it.”Protests and counter-events already plannedSince the NRA’s last annual meeting, gun-control advocates have been galvanized by multiple mass shootings including the deadliest in U.S. history, at a Las Vegas concert; Texas’ most deadly, at a church in Sutherland Springs; and one at a school in Parkland, Florida, that sparked nationwide protests. Opponents of the NRA, which also acts as a powerful lobbying group, and proponents for stricter gun-control laws are planning multiple protests, a “die-in” and advocacy training to coincide with the event.The meeting comes after several marches calling for stricter gun controlhappened across the country, many of them organized by high school students reacting to the Parkland massacre. The NRA event also falls days after the funeral of a Dallas police officer who was fatally shot by a shoplifting suspect and less than two years since five Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officers were killed by a gunman at a downtown protest.Many of the NRA event’s attendants will be carrying firearms, but Brown said he doesn’t expect any violence to break out even if there are protestors outside the convention center.“We’ve never had incidents like that at NRA events,” he said.Plenty of top U.S. and Texas officials will be thereTrump and Pence will speak Friday afternoon during the NRA’s Institute for Legal Action. So, too, will U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.It’s Trump’s fourth consecutive year to speak to the NRA, which spent more than any other outside group on the president’s behalf during his successful 2016 election, according to The Washington Post.“Although Trump voiced support after the Parkland shootings for raising the age to buy rifles to 21, he backed off the proposal after meeting with NRA officials,” the Post reported. “Aides said Trump still supported the idea but recognized that there was limited backing in Congress to make such a change to federal law.”But Trump last month signed into law a federal budget that included language that aims to improve the national background check system in order to prevent felons and domestic abusers from purchasing firearms. Cornyn championed that provision after the Sutherland Springs shooting. The church shooter was an Air Force veteran with a record of domestic abuse convictions, meaning he should not have been allowed to purchase firearms.Partial prohibition on firearms is being criticizedWhile NRA members are accustomed to carrying guns during the annual meeting, that’s now forbidden at the event where Trump and Pence are speaking.People who have become gun-control advocates after this year’s deadly shooting at Parkland High School have portrayed the situation as hypocritical. That includes Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed at the Florida high school.“According to the NRA, we should want everyone to have weapons when we are in public,” Guttenberg said on Twitter. “But when they put on a convention, the weapons are a concern? I thought giving everyone a gun was to enhance safety. Am I missing something?” Tripp, the state rifle association official, shrugged off such criticisms.“That was nobody’s call but the Secret Service’s,” she said. “The Secret Service is in total and absolute control of the president’s and vice president’s security.”The NRA won’t have to pay rentThe cost of renting the convention center for an event the size and length of NRA’s meeting would normally cost about $410,000. But Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky revealed earlier this year that the NRA is getting a free ride.The city gave the group a discount of more than $22,000, and the remaining $387,000 or so was covered by a public improvement district funded by hotel revenues.But, convention and visitors bureau officials told Wilonsky, the event is expected to spur attendants to spend more than $42.5 million while they’re in town.
September 1, 2019
The Steam Summer Sale will continue until July 4, and more games will be added as the sale progresses. We’ll update this list with more hidden gems as we find them. Of course, feel free to let us know what other gems people should be aware of in the comments below. Summertime is here once again, which means only one thing: The Steam Summer Sale. It’s much too hot out there, so what better way to keep cool than by staying indoors playing video games? As great as the Steam Summer Sale is, though, it does have one giant flaw. Since the sale has been appearing for years, most gamers that would take advantage of the sale already own many of featured games. Fallout 3 for just $4.99 is a great deal, but most gamers scouring the sale have had this game for years. The same goes for many of the other featured titles of the sale, like BioShock Infinite, Civilization IV and V, the Witcher games, and so on. Even though, for instance, Dishonored is sitting at a sale price of $4.99 as of writing, who’s never heard of that? A sale is pretty useless if you don’t buy anything. That’s where we come in to help.We dove deep into the sale for the hidden gems. We’ve compiled a list of some exceptional games that may be overlooked in favor of the more popular titles, or games you just plain didn’t know about or forgot existed. This list is for those who need a little help discovering good games they’ve never played just as much as it’s for those who are just too lazy to dig beyond the sale’s Pinterest-like surface. BattleBlock Theater1/12Grab it for $2.99, (originally $14.99).If you like games that are completely nuts and legitimately funny, then BattleBlock Theater is for you. This platformer puts you through hundreds of levels to free your friends from the evil techno-cats that have put you on stage for their amusement.<><>
September 1, 2019
Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law: Chinese robot police officers are using facial recognition to catch criminals.The new E-Patrol Robot Sheriff recently rolled into the Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Henan, where it monitors air quality and temperature and apprehends bad guys.According to a translated report by the Zhengzhou Evening News, these RoboCops will supplement the human night patrol, helping to save police officers’ “valuable time” and keep a digital eye on passengers.Standing at just five feet tall, the stocky cyborgs move autonomously via a system of built-in cameras, Mashable said, citing China’s Economic Daily. On duty at the train station since Feb. 12, the machine spotted a small fire on its first day.“Thankfully, the robot’s air monitoring and humidity monitoring functions helped us,” a human officer told Economic Daily. “If not we’d have a huge mess on our hands.”Little else is known about the E-Patrol, which debuted just a few months after the AnBot (“An” meaning “security” in Chinese)—China’s first smart security service robot in operation at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport since September.Cruising around Terminal 3, the intelligent security robot was built for the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau by the National University of Defense Technology and Hunan Wanwei Intelligent Robot Technology Co. Similar in stature to the E-Patrol Sheriff, AnBot travels at a maximum speed of 11 miles per hour. Boasting a battery life of eight hours, the intelligent machine knows when to recharge, and automatically finds the nearest juicing station.While advanced androids protect and serve in China, roving robots are delivering food to hungry Americans: Starship last month partnered with DoorDash to test food distribution in Washington, D.C., and Redwood City, Calif. Starship is also teaming up with Postmates, the “revolutionary Urban Logistics platform” that, for the last five years, has been distributing virtually anything from stores and restaurants in 26 states. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on target
August 28, 2019
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital after being injured in a two-vehicle smash at a notorious crossroads. Emergency services were called to the A51 where it meets the A53 Newcastle Road at Blackbrook at around 2pm today (April 27). A silver Ford Focus and a BMW collided at the junction near The Swan with Two Necks. Police have confirmed two people – both passengers – have been taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Details of which car they were travelling have not yet been released. Read MoreWatch as cage fighter chokes police officer while shouting: ‘I’ll rip your head off’ A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a two vehicle collision on the A51 at Blackbrook. Two people have been taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. “The road was blocked while recovery took place and a PCSO remained at the scene at 3.20pm this afternoon.” Traffic monitoring site Inrix says the road is currently closed and, as a result, traffic is slow in the area. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window
August 19, 2019
WOW air reaches tentative agreement with last-minute investor << Previous PostNext Post >> PHOENIX — After Icelandair’s buyout deal fell through earlier this week, another company has swooped in to save the struggling WOW Air.Indigo Partners LLC, a Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines, has announced an in-principle agreement has been reached with WOW to invest in the Reykjavik-based ULCC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Following successful completion of due diligence, both parties would work to close as soon as practicable. WOW’s CEO and primary shareholder, Skuli Mogensen, would remain a principal investor in WOW upon completion of the transaction.“The demand for low-cost air service continues to expand rapidly worldwide, and with Indigo as a partner, we hope to take full advantage of this highly attractive market segment,” said Mogensen. “I am excited to work with Indigo and I am convinced it is the best long-term move for our people and passengers.”Bill Franke, Managing Partner of Indigo Partners, added: “Skuli and WOW’s management and employees have done a remarkable job in creating a well-regarded, successful ULCC brand. We have a strategic vision for the airline, and look forward to working with its employees and agents to deliver that vision.”More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsEarlier this week, it was reported that Icelandair backtracked on its plans to purchase rival WOW, a conclusion that interim President and CEO Bogi Nils Bogason called “disappointing”. Icelandiar announced its intention to purchase the ULCC in early November. Tags: Frontier Airlines, Icelandair, WOW air Share About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019 Alex Keerma Friday, November 30, 2018 Posted by