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CAIRO – Six Egyptians were injured on Saturday in a terrorist attack outside a military intelligence headquarters in Ismailia, the Egyptian army said.An Egyptian military expert on Saturday predicted more attacks against military installations, following an explosion outside an intelligence headquarters in the canal city of Ismailia.“These bombings aim to deliver a message that the State is incapable of protecting its facilities,” Alaa Ezz Eddin, the former head of the Egyptian Army’s Strategic Studies Center, told Anadolu Agency.Six Egyptians were injured on Saturday in a terrorist attack outside a military intelligence headquarters in Ismailia, the Egyptian army said.Ezz Eddin is confident that perpetrators of these attacks will not achieve their goal.“We will endure for a while until we hunt down the masterminds of these attacks and stem terrorism as we did in the 1990s following the Luxor attack (in which 60 foreigners were killed in 1997),” he said.The expert linked between the attacks and protests demanding the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.“The surge in these attacks after Morsi’s ouster is a proof on this,” he said.Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was removed from power by the military on July 3 after massive protests against his presidency.The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has denied any role in the attacks that ravaged the country following the overthrow of the Islamist leader.
“The Secretary-General also welcomes the political dialogue initiated by President Patassé during his recent meetings with the opposition parties and the diplomatic community,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released today at UN Headquarters in New York. “He encourages the President to pursue his efforts and to take the necessary measures to restore calm and the respect for the rule of law and human rights for all citizens.” The Secretary-General also urged the international partners to assist the Central African Republic in managing the serious humanitarian and socio-economic problems facing the nation, which have been exacerbated by the recent troubling events.The spokesman added that Mr. Annan continued to follow closely developments in the country and the work of his Special Envoy there, General Amadou Toumani Touré.
DETROIT – The United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike against Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a tentative contract deal with the company.In a statement, Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday that it received a strike notice from the union and that it continues to work toward reaching an agreement.A letter to Fiat Chrysler that was posted on the UAW website Tuesday says the union is ending its contract with FCA at 11:59 p.m. EDT Wednesday. The union said on its website Tuesday night that negotiations are continuing with FCA and updates would be posted later.Union members overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement with the company last week, with members calling for an end to a two-tier pay structure, more specific guarantees of new vehicles for U.S. factories and a return of cost-of-living pay raises that the union gave up to help the company in bad times. Now that Fiat Chrysler is making healthy profits, members want a bigger slice.Sixty-five per cent of FCA’s union workers voted against the four-year deal. UAW President Dennis Williams said after the rejection that he would return to the bargaining table with Fiat Chrysler in an effort to get a deal that would be ratified. The union represents about 40,000 workers mainly at 23 FCA factories in the Midwest.Kristen Dziczek, director of the labour and manufacturing group at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think-tank , said the contract termination notice sounds to her like the membership’s demands weren’t received well at Fiat Chrysler’s headquarters.“If they strike, I don’t think it will be very long. It puts too much pain on both sides,” Dziczek said. The rejected contract, she said, was a middle ground between company and union needs, but the membership found it unacceptable.“The members, I think, are emboldened,” she said. “If you’re not going to get back the things you gave up now, when are you going to get the things back? Why not ask for the moon?”The strike may not hit every Fiat Chrysler factory. The union could pick key plants such as a transmission factory in Kokomo, Indiana, that would cause the rest of the company’s factories to shut down in a matter days due to a lack of parts.Such a move would help preserve the union’s strike fund.Dziczek said the strike notice doesn’t necessarily mean a strike will happen. The union also could put Fiat Chrysler bargaining on hold and shift its efforts to either General Motors or Ford.But she said a strike could cause Fiat Chrysler to eventually shift more of its production to Mexico.The union’s four-year contracts with all three automakers expired on Sept. 14, but workers have remained on the job under a contract extension.A message was left Tuesday seeking comment from a UAW spokesman. United Auto Workers threaten strike Wednesday night in contract talks with Fiat Chrysler by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Oct 6, 2015 11:18 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2015 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
BRUSSELS – The latest reaction to Britain’s demands for European Union reform. All times local.7:00 p.m.Denmark’s prime minister has given a guarded welcome to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s demands for reform of the European Union.In a message directed to Cameron on Twitter, Lars Loekke Rasmussen said “Good basis for concrete negotiations. It will be difficult. I hope we will succeed because we need a strong UK in EU.”Cameron earlier Tuesday said the EU must agree to “irreversible changes” that would cede autonomy back to member states — and limit freedom of movement, a key EU principle, by allowing the U.K. to restrict benefits for European immigrants.Britain will hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on whether to leave the EU. Cameron says he wants to remain in, provided he can secure the reforms he seeks.___4:55 p.m.The EU’s euro commissioner says some of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s demands for reform of the European Union are “highly problematic.”One of Cameron’s key demands is instituting restrictions on immigration from the EU into Britain.EU euro commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said “direct discrimination” between EU citizens was one of the thorniest issues to address in Cameron’s letter as it touches on the “fundamental freedoms of our internal market.”Dombrovskis, who was speaking in Brussels at the conclusion of a regular meeting of the EU’s 28 finance ministers that included Britain’s George Osborne, said increasing the role of national parliaments is one issue where agreement can be found.Other issues, such as how to “manage relations between euro-ins and outs,” require further discussions. One of the key demands of the U.K. government is that safeguards are put in place to make sure that the 19 euro countries don’t discriminate against the nine others who still use their own currency.___3:40 p.m.Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says he considers the most controversial of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s demands for European Union reforms the one about limiting the free-movement principle.In a Tuesday statement, Sobotka says that any attempts to limit freedom of movement poses “a serious problem for the Czech Republic,” which became an EU member in 2004.Sobotka says that “the right to work and live anywhere in the EU is absolutely essential to us due to our historical experience.”He says that freedom of movement is considered by the Czechs a key advantage of EU membership and “it is impossible to imagine” his country should give it up.___2:40 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she’s been in touch with British Prime Minister David Cameron on his government’s demands for European Union reforms and that he is bringing “no surprises to the table.”Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday that she spoke by phone with Cameron on Monday and talked about his proposals.She says that she’s willing to work with him on his proposals.Even though she says “some are easier than others,” Merkel says that “if one has the spirit that we can solve these problems, then I’m convinced it can be done.”___1:35 p.m.The British Institute of Directors group has backed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for EU reforms ahead of a British referendum on whether to remain part of the 28-nation bloc.The group representing some 34,000 company directors said Tuesday that cuts to EU “red tape” are needed, as is a change to the call for “ever closer union.”Director General Simon Walker said Cameron “hit the right notes for business” in his proposals. Walker said members see benefits in remaining inside the EU and trading in its single market but that it is necessary to cut “burdensome” regulations that are holding back business growth.___12:50 p.m.British finance chief George Osborne says the British government’s proposals will benefit everyone in the EU.“These are changes that will improve the European Union for all of its citizens so we create more jobs,” he said in Brussels as he arrived for a regular meeting of the EU’s 28 finance ministers.He said the proposals would also safeguard Britain’s national interests.Osborne said he would be meeting the eurozone’s top official Jeroen Dijsselbloem and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.“We’re going to sit round the table and the negotiations are going to start and I think we have a real good chance to achieve the reform that we all want to see,” he said.___12:30 p.m.The European Commission says that some of the issues raised by British Prime Minister David Cameron to reform the EU are “highly problematic.”European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Tuesday that some of Cameron’s proposals for talks to make sure that Britain stays in the EU may be feasible but insisted others ranged from “difficult to worse.”He specifically latched on to proposals where freedom of movement would be limited by allowing the U.K. to restrict benefits for migrants from other member states.“Some things which are highly problematic as they touch upon the fundamental freedoms of our internal market, direct discrimination between EU citizens clearly falls into this last category,” Schinas said. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2015 4:52 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2015 at 11:32 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a joint press conference as part of a meeting with the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) The Latest: Denmark’s prime minister cautiously welcomes Cameron’s demands for EU reforms
It’s official: Amar’e Stoudemire is a New York Knickerbocker no more. The team waived the veteran forward Monday, ending his Knicks tenure midway through his fifth season with the club (one in which he’s due $23.4 million in salary).ESPN’s sources reported that the Dallas Mavericks are waiting in the wings to pick up Stoudemire for the stretch run, provided he clears waivers Wednesday evening. But before he signs with Dallas, it’s worth stopping for a moment and asking: Where does Stoudemire’s ill-fated Knicks contract — he was doomed by bad knees — rank among the NBA’s worst (if not ever, at least in recent memory)?It’s not particularly simple to assess the value of NBA contracts for a number of reasons, many data-related, so consider this a very approximate effort. Stoudemire has produced 8.1 wins above replacement (WAR) over the previous five seasons, during which he’s been paid a total of $99,743,996 (both numbers include the 2014-15 season). About $95.4 million of that was paid above what the Knicks could have delivered to a replacement-level (zero-WAR) player making the NBA’s minimum salary,1Using the minimum salaries listed here for players with at least two seasons of NBA service. so effectively New York paid about $11.8 million for each of Stoudemire’s wins above replacement during his stay in the Big Apple.Needless to say, that wasn’t a bargain. Using Basketball-Reference.com’s transaction database, it’s difficult to discern actual trades from free-agent signings that utilized the sign-and-trade mechanic of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. But all players who were either traded or signed as free agents between May and October 2010 (a group that includes Stoudemire and any other blockbuster free agent) were paid $1.4 billion to produce 509.4 WAR. At the going rate, that means it would have been reasonable to expect Stoudemire’s $95.4 million to turn into 33.7 WAR. By this accounting, Stoudemire’s production since the 2010-11 season fell short of his expectations by 25.6 WAR.As a comparison, LeBron James, the biggest-name free agent signed the same summer, was paid $83.4 million above the minimum over the ensuing five seasons (granted, not all of it by the same team under the same contract), which would seem to portend 29.5 WAR; instead, James posted 82.8 WAR for a surplus of 53.3 WAR.The bargaining agreement contains various arcane provisions that often result in tragicomic salary leaderboards.2Between Stoudemire, Kobe Bryant, Joe Johnson, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, the league’s five highest-paid players have produced fewer WAR together (9.5) than either James Harden or Stephen Curry have by themselves this season. But Stoudemire’s disappointing play stands out as particularly egregious. And it isn’t like there aren’t other contenders for the “worst contract” crown. For example, the Detroit Pistons in 2009 signed Ben Gordon to a five-year, $55 million deal that saw him deliver a below-replacement level -3.5 WAR — yet even Gordon’s 23.8-WAR shortfall was not as bad as Stoudemire’s.According to this method of comparing actual five-year WAR to expected WAR from salary, Stoudemire’s signing ranks as the worst offseason acquisition3Lumping in trades and free-agent signings out of necessity since the summer of 1996, when Basketball Reference’s transactions begin to be relatively complete. Here are the particulars of his badness, along with the next 29 worst offseason prizes of the same span:
Mr Gregory, who said his girlfriend and sister were at the concert at the time of the explosion, clarified that the time stamp in the video recorded 21:31 because he has not reset the clock to daylight saving time (DST) in March.Mr Gregory said his girlfriend and sister are safe. A dashcam captured what appears to be the explosion which killed 22 and injured 59 in Manchester on Monday evening.A rumbling sound resembling an explosion can be heard in the video taken and posted on Twitter by Joe Gregory.Police responded to reports of an explosion shortly after 10:30pm at the arena, which has the capacity to hold 21,000 people, where Ariana Grande had been performing to an audience that included many children. 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. To all those asking how my girlfriend and her sister are, thank you, they are home safe and well, thank goodness.— Joe Gregory (@JoeAaronGregory) 23 May 2017
Litter pickers were told they couldn’t recycle rubbish at council centre because it didn’t count as “household waste”.Nick Mitchell, 36, teamed up with army veteran Wayne Dixon and his dog Koda – who are on a nationwide litter picking tour called the Great British Litterpick – to help clear beaches and streets in Sandwich, Kent, of litter.Wayne and Koda set out from their home in Blackburn, Lancs, three years ago, and have filled more than 10,000 bags of litter in a UK tour – more than 50 tons of rubbish – after visiting Scotland, Wales, Devon and Cornwall so far.They arrived in Kent recently and have been scouring beaches and streets for litter, often joined by local volunteers who help out, like Mr Mitchell.But after filling six bags full of litter, Mr Mitchell turned up a the Richborough Household Waste Recycling Centre in Sandwich, Kent, last weekend (Aug 31) to dispose of them, but was turned away, being told it was just for ‘household rubbish’.Speaking this week, Mr Mitchell, an electrician, said that he could not believe the attitude of workers at the recycling centre, which is run by Kent County Council (KCC).He said in a Facebook posting: “Shame on KCC tip.”I have been helping Wayne and Koda on their UK litter pick round the coast as much as I can – what they are doing is truly incredible and inspiring in many ways.”However last week I went out and collected some of his white bags full of litter to help him out.”Upon arriving at the tip I was refused to dump the rubbish because they said it was now classed as commercial waste.”He added: “I thought I’d take the bags to the tip because it saves them from the seagulls getting hold of the rubbish and it saves the council time.”I understand the guy was doing his job but they need to be a little more accommodating.”It should be a lot easier to deal with our waste – we should be allowed to take it to the tip because it’s helping it along more.”He added: “We were just trying to help him & save the council a job at the same time. simple as.”Obviously next time we’ll leave bags out for the foxes, gulls & wind to play with.”Local Delia Birch said: “If the workers don’t care, the public will be less likely to commit.”There’s rubbish everywhere. The parks, beaches, roads, pavements and just wherever you look. Such a shame.”A spokesman for Kent County Council said: “The Richborough Household Waste Recycling Centre is for the use of members of the public to dispose of items which originate from their own property.”If you are planning a litter pick, we would encourage people to contact their district or borough council in advance to arrange the collection of the waste.”KCC has worked with district and borough councils across the county to make it easier and clearer to arrange disposal of waste from litter picks.” 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.
Eighteen-year-old Luke O’Brien May who died this week after falling ill. By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Facebook 43,985 Views Source: Young Munster RFC/Twitter Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 12:01 PM Short URL Eighteen-year-old Luke O’Brien May who died this week after falling ill. Image: Facebook Limerick teenager and keen sportsman dies during his Leaving Cert Luke O’Brien May (18) died on Sunday. Jun 21st 2017, 12:01 PM 7 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3455663 Share539 Tweet Email2 Aisling Annacotty AFC also shared some memories of Luke from his time playing with them:Luke came to every session and match and no matter how long we played he wanted to stay for more with pleas to his mother or father who were always on the sideline to let him stay. Even though Luke did not play junior soccer with us this year, he is remembered fondly by his team mates.Requiem mass for Luke O’Brien May is being held in Our Lady help of Christians Church today at 12pm.Read: Man dies after kayaking incident off the coast of Sligo >Read: Man (30) dies in hospital following Galway crash > TRIBUTES ARE BEING paid to an 18-year-old Limerick man who died during his Leaving Cert exams.Luke O’Brien May died on Sunday after suddenly becoming ill last week.The teenager had attended Castleroy College and also had played for Bruff GAA, Bruff RFC and Aisling Annacotty AFC.Luke’s two younger brothers Ross and Paul also attended the same school.The Limerick Leader reports that Luke still had two Leaving Cert exams to sit when he became ill.“He was a very popular young man and he was a very involved sportsman. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with his family at this time,” his school’s principal told the paper.“It is with deep regret and profound sadness that the Bruff GAA club has been informed of the untimely passing of one of our players, Luke O’ Brien May, after a brief illness,” Bruff GAA said in a statement on its Facebook page.We express our sincere sympathies to Luke’s family and also to his teammates, friends, coaches and all who knew him, at this very sad and difficult time. Our condolences to the family of Luke O’Brien May and his school & team mates in @CastletroyC & @bruffrfc— Young Munster RFC (@YoungMunsterRFC) June 20, 2017
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood insists Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been picking fights with the wrong people in this season.Mourinho takes his team to Stamford Bridge to face former club Chelsea on Saturday with the Portuguese gaffer under huge pressure following a disappointing start to the Premier League season.Before the international break, the self-acclaimed ‘special one’ claimed he was the victim of a “manhunt” following United’s 3-2 win over Newcastle after reports came out he would be sacked regardless of the result at Old Trafford.However, it is the first recent criticism of the club’s board, and some of their players, as well as his constant battles with the press, that has most undermined Mourinho, according to Sherwood.“Sometimes you can create your own fires,” the former Tottenham boss told Sky Sports’ The Debate.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“You have enough problems putting them out, but if you are creating them yourself, and then putting them out…“And at times I think he picks fights with the wrong people. You cannot pick a fight at Manchester United, it is an institution that football club. It is bigger than any individual.”“So why should you pick a fight with them? It is not going to work and Jose knows it has not been good enough.”“He is a winner, a serial winner, he wins everywhere he goes. He needs great respect for that, but what has happened in the past is in the past. Jose is still a football manager now and he needs to start winning things.”“He needs to win the Premier League for a club that has Man Utd’s stature.”
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a married couple found dead in an east Portland home are homicide victims.Detectives think the man and woman found dead Thursday were killed by an unknown person or persons.Sgt. Pete Simpson says the victims are both 65 years old and have been long-time residents of the neighborhood.They were not identified late Thursday pending notification of relatives.Police said the state medical examiner would perform autopsies Friday to determine the exact cause of death.Simpson says police have no information to provide on a possible suspect.
Zareen Khan, Danny D and Mahika Sharma fight hard to become Bigg Boss 13 highest paid contestant.InstagramAlthough makers of Bigg Boss 13 have not revealed the confirmed list of contestants, it seems that some of the most popular reported contestants are already fighting to become the highest paid contestant of the show this season.Zareen Khan and controversial couple Mahika Sharma-Danny D are expected to be three of the highest paid contestants in upcoming Bigg Boss 13. While Zareen is a well-known Bollywood actress, Mahika is a TV actress and Danny is British porn star.It has been learnt that the trio are charging a bomb to be part of the show, and are trying their best to come up as the highest paid contestants of Bigg Boss 13.”A tough competition is going on between Zareen Khan and Mahika-Danny D to become highest paid contestant in Bigg Boss 13. Zareen is being paid Rs 95,000 per day to enter the controversial house. Whereas Danny D is demanding Rs 1.5 crore per day to be a house member and Mahika Sharma has been finalised at around Rs 92,000 per day by the show,” a source close to the show informed International Business Times India.Earlier Zareen had tweeted that she is not part of the show, but sources say that she is first finalised contestant of Bigg Boss 13. It is being speculated that the celebrities have been instructed not to confirm anything before the show makers reveal the final list of contestants.Meanwhile, there were reports stating that Bigg Boss host Salman Khan is going to charge record sum of money this season as his fee. As reported, he will take home Rs 31 crore per weekend (two episodes), which will be around Rs 402 crore for the entire duration of the show.Apart from Zareen, Mahika and Danny, the leaked list of probable contestants included names of Rajpal Yadav, Chunky Pandey, Ankita Lokhande among many others.
-The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned why it should not order them to compensate the victims of Chikungunya.Secretaries to the ministries of health and LGRD, and mayors and chief executive officers of two city corporations in Dhaka were made respondents in the rule.An HC bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Hossain and Justice Ataur Rahman Khan asked the respondents to answer within three weeks after holding primary hearing on a writ petition.Supreme Court lawyer, also the writ petitioner Sujauddaula Akanda moved in favour of the writ in the court while deputy attorney general Amit Talukder moved for the state.The rule also asked why the court should not order the respondents to spray pesticides properly to kill aedes and other mosquitoes.The rule further wanted to know why the authorities should not initiate awareness programmes across the country as preventive measures as well as clean the dumping spots of Dhaka and other endemic areas.Sujauddaula Akanda filed the writ on 4 July.
A group of BCL activists attacked Mahmudur Rahman on Sunday, 22 July, on Kushtia court premises.The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) have strongly condemned attack on Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia Sunday.The New York-based organisation that promotes press freedom around the world, on Tuesday urged the Bangladesh authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.In a press statement on Tuesday, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) strongly condemned the attack on Mahmudur Rahman, 65, by the activists of the ruling Awami League’s student political organisation Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), outside the court room in Kushtia district.The daily Amar Desh had been closed down by Awami League government since 2013.“The attack came as a response to the bail granted by Kushtia senior judicial magistrate to Mr. Rahman in a defamation case filed by BCL leader, Yasir Arafat Tushar, against Mr. Rahman in December 2017, for his allegedly derogatory remarks against the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, former President of Bangladesh and father of Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Hasina’s niece Tulip Siddiqui (at present a British Parliament Member) at a seminar in Dhaka in December 2017,” read the AFAD statement.“After he was granted bail around 100 BCL activists confined Mr. Rahman in the court room where he was assaulted, verbally and physically. He was able to come out of the courtroom with police protection only after 4.30pm despite having received bail by noon time. However, the BCL activists attacked his car with bricks and bamboo sticks causing injuries to his face and head,” AFAD gave an account of the incident of the attack.It also alleged that police were remained silent instead of protecting him from attackers when Mahmudur was attacked by “armed BCL goons”. “This attack on Mr. Rahman is indicative of the escalating intolerance of the Bangladeshi government towards the opposition and dissenters,” observed the human rights body.CPJ quoted Mahmudur Rahman from the hospital as alleging, supporters of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, ruling Awami League’s student wing, attacked and injured him as he was leaving a defamation hearing in Kushtia.The daily newspaper Mahmudur Rahman edited was forced to shut down in 2013 and he has been jailed in the past in connection with his journalistic work, CPJ said.”The attack against Mahmudur Rahman is illustrative of the environment in which journalists critical of the Sheikh Hasina government struggle to do their work,” said Robert Mahoney, CPJ’s deputy executive director.”Authorities must condemn and take swift action against those who attacked Rahman and bring them to justice.”Rahman had just been granted bail in the defamation case when around 100 activists assembled outside the courtroom, according to reports. The men confined him to the courtroom for several hours and then attacked him with stones and sticks when he tried to leave, he was quoted to have said.He also alleged that he requested police help but they were slow to respond and did not offer any first aid after the attack, despite his profuse bleeding. Rahman received several head injuries, including a gash on the back of his head and on his cheek, which required stitches.Kushtia police did not immediately respond to CPJ’s emailed request for comment.CPJ has documented that Bangladesh’s journalists face a diverse range of threats, from criminal defamation, to enforced disappearances, and intimidation from government and authorities, leading to high rates of self-censorship.CPJ also said it has further documented how the present government in Bangladesh has targeted the opposition press.Mahmudur Rahman has been seen as a dissenter by the ruling Awami League. In 2013, he was arrested on charges of sedition and inciting violence through criticism and was arbitrarily held in pre-trial detention for 1,322 days until his release on bail on 24 November 2016. Mahmudur Rahman was also tortured while in police remand several times. There were over 118 charges against him across the country, mainly on defamation and sedition.
Iraqis inspect a charred vehicle on the site of a bomb attack in Sadr City, a majority Shiite neighbourhood in the northeast of the capital Baghdad, on January 2, 2017.Photo: AFPA suicide car bomb attack in a densely-populated neighbourhood of Baghdad on Monday killed at least 32 people and left dozens wounded, police and hospital officials said.Many of the victims were daily labourers waiting for jobs at an intersection in Sadr City, a sprawling majority Shiite neighbourhood in the northeast of the capital that has been repeatedly targeted.Pictures posted on social media shortly after the explosion showed a huge plume of black smoke billowing into the sky and seriously injured people being evacuated.According to a police colonel, at least 32 people were killed and 61 wounded in the blast, the second major attack in Baghdad in three days.At least 27 people were killed by twin explosions in a busy market area in central Baghdad on Saturday, in what was the deadliest such attack in the Iraqi capital in two months.There was no immediate claim for Monday’s suicide blast but the Islamic State jihadist group has claimed all such attacks recently, including the double bombing on New Year’s Eve.The caliphate IS proclaimed in 2014 is shrinking steadily and jihadist fighters are defending Mosul, their last major urban stronghold in Iraq.Observers have voiced fears that the group, once it definitively loses its status as a land-holding force, could increasingly revert to targeting civilians in Iraq’s cities.
Queen ElizabethMillions of pounds from the private estate of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II have been invested in offshore tax haven funds, a huge new leak of financial documents revealed on Sunday.Around £10 million ($13 million, EUR11.3 million) of the Queen’s private money was placed in funds held in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, according to the leaked papers, which were first reported in Britain by the BBC and the Guardian newspaper.They said the funds reinvested the money in an array of businesses, including controversial rent-to-own retailer, BrightHouse, which has been accused of exploiting the poor, and a chain of alcohol stores which later went bankrupt.The investments, which were entirely legal, were made through the Duchy of Lancaster, which provides the monarch with an income and handles investments of her vast estate and remain current, the media outlets said.There is no suggestion that the Queen’s private estate acted illegally or failed to pay any taxes due.But the leaks may raise questions over whether it is appropriate for the British head of state to invest in offshore tax havens.‘One rule for the super-rich’A spokeswoman for the Duchy of Lancaster said: “All of our investments are fully audited and legitimate.”“We operate a number of investments and a few of these are with overseas funds.”She added: “the Queen voluntarily pays tax on any income she receives from the Duchy.”The spokeswoman noted that one of the fund investments represents only 0.3 percent of the total value of the Duchy.Meanwhile the money put into BrightHouse “is through a third party”, and equates to just 0.0006 percent of the Duchy’s value, she added.The investments emerged as part of a new mass leak-dubbed the Paradise Papers-by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which was behind the 2016 Panama Papers release.The latest haul contains 13.4 million documents mainly from Appleby, an offshore law firm with offices in Bermuda and beyond, which were first obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, and shared with the ICIJ and partner media outlets.A spokesman for the British government’s taxation department on Sunday defended its efforts to tackle avoidance, noting it had secured an additional £160 billion ($209 billion, EUR180 billion) in taxes since 2010.“This includes more than £2.8 billion from those trying to hide money abroad to avoid paying what they owe,” he said in a statement.The spokesman added the department has 26,000 staff working on tax avoidance and evasion, while the government has provided an extra £800 million ($1 billion, EUR900 million) to fund their efforts.Jeremy Corbyn, the left-leaning leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, reacted to the leaks on Twitter, linking to a video in which he had challenged the government on the issue in Parliament.“There’s one rule for the super-rich and another for the rest when it comes to paying tax,” he wrote.
In a tight 25-26 vote, lawmakers on Monday afternoon voted in a first round of debate against the proposed national budget for next year in a hectic session marked by controversy and heated exchanges.Then, Legislative Assembly President Henry Mora announced that he had approved the ₡7.9 trillion ($14.5 billion) budget proposal submitted by the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís in September, and that a second and final round of debate would be held on Thursday.To justify the move, Mora cited Article 178 of Costa Rica’s Constitution, which he claimed mandated the budget’s approval. He also said that because lawmakers voted against all three plans to cut spending last Thursday, the proposal is the only one remaining and must be approved.“The theory I stand by is that the budget proposal submitted by the government should be approved,” Mora said before a full Assembly, setting off vocal protests across the room.Several lawmakers took issue with Mora’s move and requested the floor in protest. The Libertarian Movement Party’s top lawmaker, Otto Guevara, said he would file a complaint with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, accusing Mora of violating the legislative process.Guevara said legislative procedure provides two options: pass the executive branch’s proposal or approve the same budget that is in force this year. The Christian Democratic Alliance’s (ADC) Mario Redondo and the National Liberation Party’s Rolando González said they would support Guevara’s consultation with the Sala IV.The discussion dragged on as at least six more lawmakers addressed the full Assembly to either request recesses or to voice complaints and appeals against the Assembly president’s ruling. Nevertheless, Mora ended discussion at about 7 p.m.Extraordinary budget approvedFollowing the tense discussion lawmakers took a last recess and returned to vote on the administration’s Second Extraordinary Budget for 2014, which totals ₡21 billion ($39 million).The bill was approved at about 8 p.m. with 39 votes in favor and Guevara, Natalia Díaz and Redondo voting against.That approval in a first round of debate followed an agreement by ruling Citizen Action Party legislators to create a commission to investigate alleged political persecution against public employees linked to the National Liberation Party.The additional expenditure plan provides funds for Christmas bonuses, pensions and operating costs for various government agencies. The first Extraordinary Budget 2014 was approved by the previous legislature back in April at ₡59 billion ($109 million). Facebook Comments Related posts:Budget talks extend to Saturday after lawmakers fail to reach deal Costa Rican lawmakers pass 2015 budget without a single cut in spending Legislative Assembly reverses order restricting access to information Lawmakers approve 2016 national budget at ₡8 trillion
The flight information on British Airways’ website confirmed the plane had made a stopover in Irkutsk and said the flight would be taking off again for Beijing on Thursday. 270 passengers and 16 crew members were taken to nearby hotels and since they did not have Russian visas, did not have to clear customs, but were told they would have to remain at the hotels. A British Airways plane encountered technical problems and was forced to land. A British Airways flight from London to Beijing made an emergency landing in Siberia due to technical issues. The Boeing 747 successfully touched down at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia, after experiencing problems with the aircraft’s navigational systems, Interfax News reported. “The passengers’ passports have been taken and they have been given copies,” a Russian airport official said. Source = ETB News: P.T.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) reacts after being sacked against the Detroit Lions during the first half of NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires As for Rosen, Arizona isn’t expecting to shut him down behind a makeshift offensive line that held up fairly decently in pass protection, head coach Steve Wilks said.Related LinksCardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche heads to IR, needs knee surgeryLoss to Lions keeps Cardinals in competition to earn top NFL Draft pickLions adapt to injury, game-plan hurdles in win over CardinalsThe Arizona Cardinals aren’t just bad, they’re also unwatchableRecord-setting Larry Fitzgerald praises young WRs in loss to Lions“He can’t get enough (reps),” Wilks said of Rosen on Monday. “Really talking to (offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich), it’s so many different looks that he needs to see. In saying that, I think we have to do a great job from a protection standpoint, whether it’s moving the pocket, seven-man protection and those kinds of things to help Josh.“Sitting him — I don’t think it’d be advantageous to do that.”Problem is, protecting Rosen and opening up the offense seems to be pulling them in opposite directions.Detroit didn’t need to complicate things to nearly shut out Arizona at State Farm Stadium.Losing Kirk made the Cardinals’ most obvious target in the passing game veteran Larry Fitzgerald. So the Lions used bracket coverages against him to shut him out of the first half.As Arizona leaned more on rookie receivers Trent Sherfield and Jalen Tolliver in the passing game, the run game went through David Johnson.He rushed 15 times for just 49 yards as Detroit predictably keyed in on him. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “You could see that watching the film. A couple times they were overplaying David,” Wilks said. “You really didn’t realize how much you missed Christian until yesterday.”Detroit apparently did before the game.For Arizona, keeping Rosen safe meant lots of max-protection packages and heavy sets. Only occasionally did Leftwich go to an empty set with five wideouts, or get creative by moving Johnson out to receiver.So the Lions loaded the box and didn’t worry about a speedy Kirk motioning across the field pre-snap or running jet sweeps to stretch the defense horizontally.There was nobody to replicate that.Add it all up and Fitzgerald was bracketed, Johnson was stuffed, the offense was predictable and Rosen was left trying to make lemonade out of kumquats.He was hit eight times, sacked three times and went 26-of-41 for 240 yards and a pick-six when Lions corner Darius Slay baited him into throwing to Sherfield, who was planted at the first-down marker.“Again, it falls back on us as coaches putting those guys in position to be successful,” Wilks said.“What I’ve seen a lot is just really loading the box; what teams have done against us as far as inability to go down the field, as far as the deep ball and then the inconsistency running the ball. I think as coaches we will address that — being able to see that and … now trying to combat that as far as spreading things out to give ourselves a chance.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 11 Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — The Cardinals want Josh Rosen to be safe.They also want their rookie quarterback to play out the final three games of the year to build him a library of experiences he can recall as he grows in his career.Accomplishing both things are difficult enough, and it got that much harder when then-leading receiver Christian Kirk went down with a foot injury before Arizona’s 17-3 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
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