Womans phone snatched on train

first_imgKolkata: A woman West Bengal Civil Service officer’s mobile phone was snatched by a miscreant on a running train on Tuesday evening.According to sources, Nandakumar Block Land and Land Reforms Officer Sanjukta Pal boarded a downline Mecheda- Howrah train at 6. 10 pm. While the train was passing through Ghoraghat station at 7 pm, a man who was standing at the gate of ladies compartment snatched Sanjukta’s mobile phone. In defence, the woman also caught the miscreant’s hand and during the brawl the thief dragged the woman on the platform. The mobile snatcher ran away from the platform and Sanjukta suffred head injuries. Passengers at the railway station took her to the nearby hospital where she was given first aid and released. A passenger handed over her bag to RPF personnel at Dasnagar police station.last_img read more

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Morneaus pledge to backstop pipeline expansion draws criticism

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is prepared to backstop investors to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, even if Kinder Morgan, the project’s original sponsor, wants to back out, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Tuesday.His comments sparked reaction from across the political spectrum. A selection of quotes:“Nothing the finance minister said today will ensure that the Trans Mountain expansion actually gets built. The Liberals still don’t have a concrete plan of action to remove delays. Their own policies continue to drive energy investment out of Canada at historic levels.” Shannon Stubbs, Conservative MP and natural resources critic.___“For a Toronto-based finance minister to single out British Columbia as a problem here, he should look at the failure of Energy East, he should look at the failure of Keystone and a whole host of other projects.” British Columbia Premier John Horgan.___“We will do whatever is necessary to ensure construction on the pipeline resumes this summer, as scheduled.” Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.___“The Liberals promised change but we keep getting more of the same: Harper-style politics. Now it’s a blank cheque to a Houston-based pipeline company. A spectacular violation of a key plank of the Liberals’ 2015 campaign platform. Whatever happened to ending subsidies to fossil fuels?” Green party Leader Elizabeth May.___“We remain steadfast in our previously stated principles: clarity on the path forward, particularly with respect to the ability to construct through British Columbia, and ensuring adequate protection of our KML shareholders. While discussions are ongoing, we are not yet in alignment and will not negotiate in public.” Steve Kean, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada.___“The risks facing this project go far beyond the B.C. government and Kinder Morgan knows it. Those risks include legal challenges from First Nations, environmental groups and municipal governments, potential legislation in the U.S., along with growing on-the-ground opposition from land and water protectors willing to face arrest to stop this project — from Vancouver to Seattle to Quebec, and beyond. This project isn’t moving forward. The federal government should cut their losses, not double down on them.” Mike Hudema, Greenpeace Canada.___“Let’s be clear, today’s announcement was a pledge to write a blank cheque, backed by public money, to a Texas oil company in a desperate play to bailout a pipeline that violates Justin Trudeau’s own promises on climate change and Indigenous rights. It’s desperate, dangerous and delusional.” Aurore Fauret, tarsands campaign co-ordinator with 350.org.___“This is a desperate attempt by the Trudeau government to use taxpayer money to bail out a collapsing project. It’s fiscally irresponsible and ignores the growing protests to the project and the federal government’s own promises on Indigenous reconciliation.” Tzeporah Berman, Stand.earth.___“Government guarantees to Kinder Morgan shareholders are at odds with the commitment to reduce fossil fuel subsidies and promises to fix the energy project review process. It also adds weight to recent revelations that the decision to approve the project was made before a full analysis of possible impacts was completed.” Tim Gray, Environmental Defence.___“This morning’s desperate ‘announcement’ once again demonstrates the disconnect between the reality of Indigenous title and rights and the federal government’s approach to Kinder Morgan. The world is listening and while Morneau reiterated his government’s support for Kinder Morgan, the purpose of the press conference — to update Canadians on the progress of talks with Kinder Morgan — was lacking in specifics. Canada cannot indemnify against the risks of not respecting Indigenous title and rights.” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.___“The strength of the language from the federal government is refreshing and necessary. This is clearly federal jurisdiction and the project has federal support.” Sandip Lalli, president and CEO of the Calgary Chamber.___last_img read more

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Government Commits to Protecting Rights of Moroccans Living Abroad

Rabat – Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani announced on Monday, June 24, that his cabinet is “exerting special efforts” to improve the conditions of Moroccan diaspora through a range of programs and strategies.Speaking at the House of Representatives, El Othmani said that the program aims to “strengthen”  the community’s national identity and to protect their rights and interests.According to El Othmani, the strategies, also aim to solidify ties of connection between Moroccans living abroad (MREs) and their motherland, especially the younger generation. El Othmani said that the first pillar the government is working to promote is the “educational aspect,” which aims to strengthen the national identity of Moroccans across the worldEducation is “the safety valve to preserve national identity with its cultural and linguistic dimensions,” he said.The Head of Government emphasized the importance of the Arabic language in both formal and non-formal education, adding that the government has put in place programs for 75,000 Moroccans living abroad.He said that the government has hired 529 teachers for this program.The government programs also include support provided to economically disadvantaged families in African countries, supporting 900,000 students through a program of vocational training.Read also: Moroccans Living in the Gulf Sent MAD 11.6 Billion Home Last YearThe head of government also cited the 2019 Marhaba initiative, to facilitate the annual transit of Moroccans living abroad, as part of the government’s program to ensure the rights of MREs.Earlier this month, Spanish  Minister of Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska said that the operation  is the “largest of its kind in Europe and one of the most important in the world.”He also described the operation as an “example of good coordination between different public administrations and between neighboring countries.”The number of Moroccans residing abroad is estimated at five million. read more

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Business as usual in Canada despite restructuring in US Suzuki Canada

RICHMOND HILL, Ont. — It remains “business as usual” for Suzuki in Canada despite a decision by its counterpart in the United States to discontinue auto sales and seek court protection from its creditors while it focuses on other products.“Suzuki Canada has no current plans to discontinue automobile sales in Canada nor are we contemplating any form of court-supervised restructuring as they have done in the United States,” Suzuki Canada spokesman Bill Porter said in an interview Tuesday.Porter said Suzuki Canada is emphazing the fact that the two companies are not connected and that the news in the United States is not expected to have any impact on Suzuki’s Canadian operations.[np-related]“Our sales are up over last year so its business as usual in Canada, that’s the message we’ve given to our dealers and certainly to our customers as well. No change at all.”American Suzuki Motor Corp. filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy law and said it will cease selling automobiles in the U.S. as part of a plan to restructure its business.The company, based in Brea, Calif., is the sole distributor of Suzuki Motor Co. vehicles in the continental United States. It intends to concentrate on selling Suzuki motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and marine outboard engines once it exits bankruptcy protection, it said.In documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California, the company estimated that its debts and liabilities range from at least US$100-million to as much as US$500-million.It has enough cash to operate during the restructuring and intends to honour all car warranties and buyback agreements. Meanwhile, it will work with its car dealerships to help them transition into parts-and-service operations. In some cases, the dealerships will be shuttered, it said.American Suzuki said it was exiting the car business because of slow sales, unfavourable foreign exchange rates and high costs due to U.S. regulatory requirements.However, that has not been a problem in Canada, Porter said.“We just had a dealer meeting in September and we’re experiencing right now, the last five months, very successful sales,” said Porter, senior vice-president, sales and marketing.The company’s approximately 60 automobile dealerships across Canada are currently selling a little over 500 vehicles a month, up from around 400 a month last year.“So last year we sold about 5,000 cars so we’re on track to do more than that this year in Canada and, you know of course, . . . we are very prominent in the motorcycle and ATV and marine divisions as well.”— With files from The Associated Press read more

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Afghanistan elections in April or May bring pressing deadlines UN says

If the Government decided to hold elections for the nearly 3 million refugees in Iran and Pakistan, at least another $30 million would be needed, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, told the Security Council.Having had the presidential election of last October as a rehearsal for more complex operations, parliamentary and local elections were scheduled to be held in Saur 1383, or between next 21 April and 21 May, and a number of related deadlines were looming, he said in an open briefing.With UN assistance, President Hamid Karzai was consulting community leaders and the heads of 50 new political parties on the appointments he would make to the Independent Electoral Commission, whose most urgent decision would be assigning people to electoral districts in the next couple of weeks to meet a deadline of at least 120 days before election day, he said.The Government and Independent Electoral Commission members also would have to decide very soon on revising the electoral law, preparing voter lists, demarcating constituencies, as well as determining the participation of refugees and nomads, Mr. Arnault said.Close to 400 district elections needed to be secured as the Afghan National Army increased to 32 battalions by April, from 28 now, and the re-trained National Police to over 37,000 by April from 32,000 now, he said.The abduction and killing last month of a sub-contracted UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) employee was a warning “of the possibility that the targeting of international personnel could occur again” and become easier when the winter ended, Mr. Arnault said.Meanwhile, Afghanistan also needed funds to run its disarmament, demobilization and re-integration (DDR) programme adequately in circumstances where the demobilization of regular forces was going well, but “miscellaneous irregular forces were not included in the programme and continue to exist throughout the country.”“Some – although not all – are among the main sources of insecurity and human rights violations in certain part of the country and their activities are frequently linked to drug cultivation and trade,” he said.“It is estimated that in 2004 356,000 families were involved in opium poppy production, an increase of 35 per cent from 2003,” Mr. Arnault said, adding that the opium economy was now about 60 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).Last month the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said more than 6,700 soldiers and officers of the 7th and 8th Corps in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan had been disarmed and their units decommissioned. Nearly 29,000 military personnel countrywide, or about 60 per cent of the total expected to lay down their weapons, had then done so.The Council President for January, Argentine Permanent Representative César Mayoral, told journalists after the meeting that the body supported UNAMA’s fulfilment of relevant Council resolutions and looked forward to the spring 2005 elections.”The Security Council calls upon the international community to support efforts currently underway on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of Afghan militias and on combating the production and trafficking of narcotics,” he added. Video of Council meeting [32mins] read more

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Football Wilson speaks about Indiana resignation for first time said investigation found

OSU co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson works with redshirt freshman tight end Luke Farrell during the opening spring practice for the 2017 season on March 7. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorThe Ohio State football team’s hiring of Kevin Wilson as co-offensive coordinator might have been the greatest offseason assistant coach hire in all of college football in the 2017 offseason. However, Wilson came with a background that had some hesitant on the hire.Wilson resigned from his head coaching position at Indiana before the end of the 2016 season, amid rumors of mistreatment of players and intimidation of the training staff at Indiana. Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said there needed to be a culture change and there were “philosophical differences.”At Indiana, Wilson revolutionized the Hoosier offense. He sent more players to the NFL than any other coach had in the team’s history. His track record at Northwestern and Oklahoma prior to Indiana supports his ability to develop players, so a fit to OSU made sense from the stance that the Buckeye offense had to improve from last season.But before Wilson could go to work on that, he had to address the circumstances under which he left Indiana. On Thursday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Wilson spoke to the media for the first time since his hiring two months ago.“We wouldn’t be here doing this job if those things were true,” Wilson said. “Anyone can have an opinion. I know (Indiana’s) department over there looked at everything. I know this school has looked into everything. I know we’re very comfortable with what we’re doing, where we’re at and excited to move forward.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said in February, and Senior Vice President and Director of Athletics Gene Smith told The Lantern that the two went through a vetting process for Wilson, which involved contacting several people who knew of the events that transpired in Bloomington, Indiana. By the end of the process, both Smith and Meyer said they found the information they were looking for.“Urban and I came together and we talked about what we found out and we felt comfortable,” Smith said. “Kevin sat at this table and we had a good conversation on what happened there, and how it’s going to work here. He was thoroughly vetted and we had a good, candid conversation.”For the athletic training staff, Wilson commended the efforts of Indiana’s trainers. He said that without the complete commitment from lower-level staff, such as athletic trainers, Indiana would not have been able to compete at the level that it did.“Those guys handled all the decisions,” Wilson said. “You’d just get ridiculed when Tevin Coleman would come out of the game. Dan Feeney missed a bunch last year. Those guys ran the ship. They did a great job, they did a great job with our players.”Wilson recalled a text message he received from a former player the other day that read ‘Hey man, I appreciate everything you did. You made me tough as nails. I love you.’“We appreciate the opportunity to coach those kids,” Wilson said. “I’m very grateful for those kids and what they gave our family. I’m appreciative of all their comments moving forward, and at the same time, we’re excited about coaching these cats and do what we can.” read more

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Ohio State wrestling hoping home crowd can help against No 1 Penn

Any time a top-ranked team in the country comes to town, it’s a big match. But when that team is a bitter conference rival, the two-time defending NCAA champion and a team that dominated you the prior year, the showdown is on an even greater level. This is the scenario facing the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes wrestling team (10-2, 4-2 Big Ten) as it prepares for its final regular season conference match against No. 1 Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) at St. John Arena in Columbus this Sunday. The contest, which follows a match against Michigan Friday night in Ann Arbor, Mich., could be OSU’s most daunting task of the season. And it just so happens to be Senior Night for the Buckeyes. “(The crowd’s) a ‘Scarlet-Out’ so it’s gonna be rocking,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan. “There’s nothing more exciting than being in front of a huge crowd … We gotta make them a factor, it’s gonna be fun.” This is an OSU outfit that seems to feeds off the intensity of the home crowd, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Impressive home victories against No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 12 Michigan and No. 2 Iowa last year, coupled with wins against then-No. 18 Pittsburgh and then-No. 19 Wisconsin this year, have made St. John Arena a difficult place for some of the nation’s best teams. In fact, since the 2011-12 season, OSU is 8-1 at home. “Having a home crowd is definitely an advantage,” said Nikko Triggas, a senior 125-pound wrestler. “Our fans are loud. You get a take-down, the place explodes. You stick a guy, the place goes even more nuts. It’s always an incentive to win in front of your home crowd.” Triggas is competing in his last home match as a Buckeye and said the emotions will be mixed come Sunday. “My parents are flying in tonight (from Moraga, Calif., Triggas’ hometown) to watch me against Penn State,” Triggas said Wednesday. “It’s always good to say ‘goodbye’ to the fans at Ohio State, and having a Senior Night is the way to do it.” Despite having the emotional edge of Senior Night and the home crowd backing them, the Buckeyes will have their hands full with Penn State. The defending national champions come into the match having spent much of the season ranked No. 1, and they dismantled OSU, 34-9, in State College, Pa., last year. “They have a couple of studs that score a lot of points,” Ryan said. “But it’s a winnable duel for us … We gotta do it now.” Such a challenge is not lost on redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber, the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion. “They’re the former No. 1 team in the country,” Stieber, who returned from injury against against Illinois last Friday, said. “So it’s a big, big match.” Ryan doesn’t think his team is letting last year’s outcome hinder their preparations for Sunday. “That duel last year, we had three or four starters out … and that’s not an excuse, we just didn’t have our entire team in there,” Ryan said. “We’re an improved team, the matchups are good against Penn State, and we can’t wait.” Stieber, a team captain, said the defeat last year is in the minds of every OSU wrestler on the team, but they aren’t going to let it influence how they compete Sunday. “Seeing all of our fans, just there’s something about being home,” Stieber said. “Hopefully we get off to a great start and just keep rolling from there.” OSU is scheduled to take on Penn State Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

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Rounding off the copper year – more good signs from China

first_imgAurubis reports in its December Copper Mail “we have arrived at the run-up to Christmas when trade on the metal exchanges declines and physical activities on the international copper markets are reduced. In addition, there are year-end considerations by investors and companies that exercise a special impact on business: open exchange positions are closed to secure profits or inventories relocated to the warehouses of the metal exchanges. On top of that, a generally growing nervousness is present this year, to which above all the bad economic news from Dubai and Greece has contributed. The composure with which these announcements have been absorbed shows however, that the markets are more resistant these days. Even if price volatility on the copper market increases, the fluctuations should not be as great as in the prior year.“The copper price has been able to maintain its level in a narrow range of around $7,000/t in the last few days, before dropping $125/t all in one day to $6,810/t on December 10. This was caused [mainly] by the squaring of purchasing positions on the metal exchange and the building up of new sales positions. As a consequence, positive copper-relevant economic announcements from China were not given the attention due to them. Chinese construction activities in November rose by 194% compared with the prior-year month and the Chinese government announced it was extending its incentive program to stimulate the economy to take in the automotive and household appliance sectors.“News on production also aroused little reaction, where the situation differs between smelters and mines. After the production spurt in China on the smelter side, outdated capacities are now being closed down. According to the Association of the Chinese Metal Industry, the intention is to discontinue the operation of copper production capacities for 300,000 t. In Canada, Xstrata will permanently close down its smelter activities in the Kidd Creek complex from May 2010. The background is the high costs and very low treatment and refining charges on the market. The smelter that procures concentrates from its own and other mines has a capacity of 150,000 t of blister copper and 145,000 t of copper cathodes. It intends keeping its own ore mining and concentrate production. Such a strategy again highlights the upstream mining sector which is targeting expansion.“This drives on investment projects further, such as Chile’s Coldelco, which has an annual capital expenditure budget of $2 billion, which is mainly planned for completing expansion plans in the copper mines. The mines also try to do everything possible to avoid production breakdowns and losses – in view of copper prices at about $7,000/t, an understandable strategy. The average production costs of the mines are about [$1-1.5/lb] $2,200 – 3,300/t and thus the income from the copper price is about 200% or more above that. This is probably also the driving force behind the inclination to speed up negotiations in wage discussions, such as recently seen at Chuquicamata. In October 2009 BHP Billiton presented such a good wage offer in collective bargaining at the Escondida mine that there was no strike in the end at all.“This indicates that mining output will increase in 2010, but refined copper could again be in short supply if demand picks up. Little will however happen in the coming weeks, since the year does not begin in the Chinese calendar until February 14. Astrologically it will be the year of the metal and the tiger and there are some indications that this metal tiger will not be without teeth.“Negotiations about TC/RCs in the annual concentrate supply agreements for 2010 are taking their time. It is believed that settlements with Chinese smelters have not yet been concluded. Concentrate smelters demand minimum TC/RCs of $50-60/t and $0.05-6/lb, where the mines are only offering TC/RCs of just over $40/t and $0.04/lb. While copper concentrates are still in short supply in the spot business, the European copper scrap supply is still at a good level, due to higher availability, the trade’s increased willingness to dispose of scrap and the absence of Chinese buying activities. The copper product business is continuing its recovery trend, although it varies by regions and product sectors. The public holidays will however result in a temporary special situation with curbed demand.”last_img read more

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First official trailer for WWE 2K20 video game leaked ahead of official

first_imgFacebook Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Shawn Michaels Videos Articles Google+ Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The first official trailer for the new WWE 2K20 Gameplay video game titled “Step Inside” has been leaked online, a day ahead of an official announcement from WWE, which is expected Monday, August 5.The trailer features Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, Braun Strowman, Sheamus and RAW Executive Producer Paul Heyman.  WWE Hall of Famers’ Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels and NXT star Velveteen Dream also appear in the trailer.WWE 2K20 is slated to be released on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.The trailer which can been seen on various YouTube channels can be viewed above.You are formally invited to attend the announcement of #WWE2K20 on Monday, August 5. pic.twitter.com/yLDSiUyI74— #WWE2K20 (@WWEgames) August 1, 2019 Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ronda Rousey Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

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Giggs still have faith in Mourinho

first_imgAccording to the France24, the Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs believes Jose Mourinho should remain at Manchester United bench at least until the end of the current campaign.The Red Devils are struggling on all fronts this season, having already been eliminated in the Carabao Cup by the Championship side Derby County.The 3-time Champions League winners already trail the Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool by nine points, as they’ve failed to win in the previous two league matches.Last weekend’s 3-1 misery at the London Stadium against West Ham United provoked the fans and all United supporters to turn their backs on Mourinho.“I believe he should keep his job.”Ryan Giggs has had his say on Jose Mourinho.Read👉https://t.co/4ZpUQLdsYq pic.twitter.com/ywoq5I8QT8Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “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.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 4, 2018However, Manchester United icon thinks that the eventual departure of the Portuguese expert won’t do any good to the team especially at this stage of the season.“I said that last time: where do they go?” Giggs replied when asked about his beloved club.“My stance hasn’t changed. United are going through a tough time at the moment. But, change now, and you will be in the same position in a year or two years quite possibly.”With Newcastle United heading towards the Old Trafford for Sunday’s clash, Mourinho has no choice but to clinch a victory if looking to prolong his adventure in the English Premier League.last_img read more

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Saplletti wants an immediate reaction from Inter

first_imgInter coach Luciano Spalletti wants to have “an immediate reaction” from Inter as well as support from the fans.Inter was defeated on Friday by Serie A champions Juventus and has only won one match out of the seven matches played so far in all competition.“It’s essential that we see an immediate reaction,” Spalletti said in his Press conference ahead of the Udinese game as was quoted by Football Italia.“I must say that I think these lads deserve the support of the fans. They showed their displeasure about what happened, and the desire to immediately re-start in a match like tomorrow’s.“They know very well that this is the first step, it won’t take you to your destination but it’ll move you from where you are.”When asked about last winter when the Beneamata went on a run of one win in 10 games and the fear of a repeat?“I think it’s different. You just look at the result, I have to look at the incidents which determined the outcome and to me it seems very different.”“The players are working in the right way, we lost a game and it hurts, it created difficulties in the reaction of our fans.“That said, we went out of the competition on goal difference [away goals] in the last 10 minutes.Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie ASerie A Season Preview 2019-20 Boro Tanchev – August 23, 2019 The 2019-20 Serie A campaign starts this weekend with the clash between Parma and defending champions Juventus.“In my opinion the team did very well, beyond a bit of a nervous reaction after going 1-0 down. We did very well and deserved to win, we created a lot of chances.“Clearly a result like this makes a big difference, but when the draw was made no-one gave us a chance of getting through and instead we were 10 minutes away.“We should have done more, but I don’t think it’s right to knock down what this team has done over the past year-and-a-half.“It seems to me, given the way our result was treated, that there’s a desire to go and demolish what we’ve created, but it remains.“You need to look at where we started. Right now we’re 14 points behind Juventus, we started 29 points behind in seventh place.“We don’t have to throw away anything we’ve done so far, we’ve built something and we need to continue the journey, that’s what we’re working on now.“I don’t see games we’ve lost, or in which we didn’t win, as meaning we have to completely upend what we’ve done.“After that it’s clear that I should be the one in the crosshairs, not the players, because the players are doing what they need to do and they’ve shown they want to work in the right direction.“We’ll be sure to examine what happened, and keep working toward our objectives.last_img read more

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Man Utds Class of 92 pick their alltime Premier League XI

first_imgManchester United’s Class of 92 achieved an astonishing amount of success together and played against some the greatest footballers to ever have graced the Premier League and now they’ve picked the very bestClass of 92 alumni Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville all came through United’s youth teams in the early 1990s along with a certain David Beckham.Together, the six men went on to achieve incredible feats which saw them go from winning FA Youth Cup win in 1992 to leading United to a historic treble in the 1998/99 season by winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.Now five of the stars of that generation in Giggs, Butt, Scholes and the Neville brothers have teamed up to use their experience to pick an all-time Premier League XI in an interview for Sky Sports’ Super Six.But the one key rule of the game was that they could not pick anyone who ever played for United.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Class of 92’s all-time Premier League XIGoalkeeper: David Seaman (a.k.a. “Safe Hands”)Right back: Pablo ZabaletaCentre-back: Vincent KompanyCentre-back: John TerryLeft-back: Ashley ColeCentral midfield: Patrick VieiraCentral midfield: Steven GerrardCentral midfield: Frank LampardForward: Eden HazardForward: Alan ShearerForward: Thierry HenryThe Class of 92 stars were then handed the though choice in including a former or current United star into their line-up.After initially joking that they could include him at right-back, Gary Neville then suggested they add goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel to replace Arsenal and England legend Seaman.But eventually, they all decided on replacing Hazard with United legend Cristiano Ronaldo after Nicky Butt’s suggestion.Ronaldo had managed 84 goals and 45 assists in 196 Premier League appearances to help United on their way to three league crowns before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009 for a then-world record fee of €94m.last_img read more

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NAP president Prof Muzaffar Ahmed no more

first_imgProfessor Muzaffer AhmedMuzaffar Ahmed, who was part of the wartime Bangladesh government in exile and a close friend of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, died at a hospital in the capital on Friday night.The 98-year-old was admitted to hospital recently with old age complications.The chief of National Awami Party (NAP) breathed his last around 7:50pm while being treated at the ICU of Apollo Hospital, his niece Anwara Begum said.Muzaffar, born on 14 April, 1922 in Debidwar upazila of Cumilla, taught at Dhaka College and Dhaka University. He took part in the 1952 Language Movement.He was one of the organisers of NAP, CPB and guerilla force of the student union. After the independence, he was elected an MP in 1979 and contested the 1981 presidential polls.Three years ago, he declined the government’s offer Swadhinata Padak, the highest civilian award.President, PM mourn deathPresident Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina mourned the death of the veteran politician.In a message, the president prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and extended condolences to the bereaved family.Prime minister Hasina, in a separate message, expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Prof Mozaffar.She described his role in the Liberation War and various democratic movements of the country in his long political life.“The Nation will forever remember his contribution in the progressive politics of the country,” the prime minister said.Sheikh Hasina prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.last_img read more

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Iron Maiden RPG Legacy of the Beast releasing this summer

first_imgIf you know the legendary Heavy Metal Band Iron Maiden, then you know their equally famous mascot, Eddie, who has been on almost all of the band’s records, singles, and EPs. Each Maiden album has had Eddie in a new and exotic location and I would always look at the intricately detailed album covers and wonder how Eddie got to be in those places and situations. Thanks to an upcoming video game, I’ll finally be able to live out what I could only imagine before.Iron Maiden is teaming up with Roadhouse Interactive to bring us a mobile RPG this summer for iOS and Android. In the game, you get to control Eddie. who comes in a variety of forms based on his incarnations from the album covers. Each version of Eddie has its own distinct abilities that you get to try out while playing in levels inspired by Iron Maiden records. As would be expected, the game’s soundtrack contains many of the band’s classic songs, with each tune tying into the album cover the level is inspired by. In addition to the classics, the soundtrack will also have unreleased and unheard live recordings from the band.AdChoices广告This isn’t the first time an Iron Maiden game was developed. 1999 saw the release of Ed Hunter, which came out for the PC. This game was released alongside the best-of collection, “The Best of the Beast.”While I’m not the biggest fan of mobile games, I will give this one a shot since I love Iron Maiden. And like I said before, I’ve imagined the sort of adventures Eddie would be involved in for a good chunk of my life so actually living these out in a game is something I need to experience. I’m also looking forward to seeing how songs from the band’s catalog are incorporated into the game, especially some of the new songs from the recent album, “The Book of Souls,” which I’ve been listening to for a while now.For more information about the game, make sure head over to the game’s official site.last_img read more

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Mortal Kombat 11 Kharacter Guide DVorah

first_imgMortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guide ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: D’Vorah. Who Are They?D’Vorah is an entire colony of evil mystical insects living inside a big bug body that happens to look like a monster lady. After her home realm was absorbed into Outworld, she became a conniving political figure, advising and backstabbing all sorts of leaders while solely looking out for “this one’s” own well-being.Kombat KhronologyD’Vorah first appeared in Mortal Kombat X, a game with arguably more fresh new (actually good) characters than any Mortal Kombat game since the original trilogy. As StarCraft has proven, gamers love a woman with a carapace and sharp pincers jutting out of her back. So D’Vorah was one of the Mortal Kombat X newcomers who got to make the jump to Mortal Kombat 11.Koolest KustomizationsD’Vorah’s “outfit” is the hard exoskeleton growth on her body that’s already pretty peppered with nasty details. You can change the color though, adding a nice green or white to complement the sickly yellow. As a mobile insect swarm, D’Vorah’s moves revolve around manipulating the bugs inside her body. This means throwing firefly projectiles, summoning beetles that run along the ground and explode like bombs, and covering herself in a cloud of protective wasps that retaliate whenever she takes damage.How Gross Is The Fatality?D’Vorah is literally made of bugs that want to eat your flesh. For some, the most nerve-wracking Fatality is just looking at her design and hearing her buzzing voice. But it gets so much grosser. D’Vorah vomits her acidic eggs into your mouth. And soon enough a fully grown creepy crawler violently tears its way out of your body with too many legs to count. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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15 more municipalities to come under Jal Dharo Jal Bharo Hakim

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said in the Assembly on Wednesday that 15 more municipalities will be included under the ‘Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo’ scheme within next year as a part of the state government’s water conservation move.Hakim said that many municipalities across the state have already been brought under the scheme, while some are yet to be incorporated. As many as 15 municipalities across the state will be involved in the ‘Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo’ scheme, as well as water harvesting. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile discussing the Budget of his department, Hakim made it clear that he is giving utmost importance on the preservation of water resources. “Around 102 new waterbodies have been created as a part of the Green City Mission of the state government. As many as 421 parks have been set up under this mission, laying stress on the preservation of the environment,” Hakim told the House. ‘Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo’ is a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has laid great stress on the digging of ponds. The Panchayat and Rural Development department has been playing a major role in the implementation of the programme and has dug up 8,327 tanks so far. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe state government has so far dug up 37,146 tanks during 2017-18. The project was taken up by the state government in 2011. The main thrust of the project was preservation of water. Under the project, tanks, ponds, reservoirs and canals were constructed. Those who are working to dig up the canals are getting jobs under the 100 days work programme of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. Speaking on the Budget of his department, Hakim said that there was a planned budget of Rs 3,526 crore in 2017-18, out of which Rs 2,459 crore was spent. In 2018-19, there was a planned budget of Rs 5,754 crore, out of which Rs 5,984 crore was spent. “During the Left Front regime, the planned budget of the department remained at Rs 669 crore,” Hakim said, taking a dig at CPI(M).last_img read more

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Puerto Jiménez Rustic charm by the bay

first_imgTake an early-morning stroll along the new, paved promenade facing the Golfo Dulce and enjoy cool breezes and spectacular views across to the mainland. Photographers can catch the play of changing light over the water from sunrise to sunset. New concrete benches and tables under palm trees provide perching spots along the pleasant walkway, complete with decorative balustrades and elegant lampposts. Part of the daily show is watching the aerial ballet of passing scarlet macaws and swooping sea birds.At the south end of the promenade, there is easy beach access, with public picnic benches shaded by palm and beach almond trees. The water is clear and cool, with a pebbly bottom. The new, open-air Delfines Bar/Restaurant nearby serves excellent fruit naturales and cervezas to keep you cool, along with comida típica.If you want to ride with the tide, book a cruise with La Sirena Adventure Boat Tour (2735-5090). The four-to-five-hour tour includes snorkeling, plane-boarding and dolphin-watching, with lunch and snacks included ($50 per person, min. six people). Want to boat under your own power? Rent a kayak from Aventuras Tropicales Golfo Dulce (2735-5195) or take one of their kayak tours, to watch dolphins on the gulf, or explore mangrove communities ($40). Seeing the day’s catch brought in from the fishing boats bobbing around the public dock, you might be inspired to try your luck at some inshore fishing. Check out local operators Tropic Fins (www.tropicfins.com) or Almentour Sportfishing (8339-3509).Just east of PJ lies one of the town’s best-kept secrets, Playa Platanares, a stretch of pristine beach that’s ideal for swimming on calm days, with warm water and a gradual, sandy bottom. On windier days, enjoy boogie-boarding and breezy beach walks. Take a taxi or, better still, rent a bicycle in town from Ciclo Mi Puerto (2735-5297) and pedal the 6 kilometers out to La Perla de Osa, a handsome beachfront restaurant/hotel, where you can park your bike, enjoy a swim, then shower off and relax with a cool drink or lunch on the La Perla terrace. The Platanares Wildlife Refuge, which parallels the beach, has some great birdwatching, just steps from La Perla.Another chance to view wildlife is just five minutes south of downtown, at Cacao Monkeys (www.cacaomonkeys.com), a new restaurant and cabinas complex with a primary forest, where you can join an hour-and-a-half guided Monkey Trail Tour at 7 a.m. or 4 p.m. ($12 per person) or set off on your own ($5). Where to eat No related posts. Alberto Font For bayside snacks, head to Corcovado Marisquería (2735-5659, open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.), a cheap and cheerful restaurant/bar with garden tables shaded by palm trees. The draw here is bocas – more than 40 “small bites,” featuring local seafood.Right next door is the more upscale Il Giardino a la Playa (2735-5129, open 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; closed Mon.; no credit cards), a long-time, Northern Italian restaurant that recently moved from downtown to gulf-side. Jaunty yellow and lime-green umbrellas cover tables for two balanced on the sea wall, and there’s a breezy, covered terrace. Seafood, Italian-style, and pasta are the main offerings, along with special BBQ nights with steak, pork ribs and chicken. Save your pizza-eating, though, for an evening at Mail-it Pizza (2735-5483; open 4-10 p.m. daily), across from the soccer field in what used to be the post office. It may seem odd to come all this way south for pizza, but it’s worth it. This authentic pizza is made by the Colovatti family, originally from the Italian seaside town of Trieste. Their pasta dishes, strictly homemade, are also excellent.For a romantic, candle-lit dinner at the beach, head to La Perla de Osa (8848-0752; open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.), the town’s most sophisticated restaurant. Standouts here are large portions of excellent seafood with intriguing Asian flavors, accompanied by spicy ginger marmalade. A range of well-prepared Mediterranean and Mexican dishes has something for everyone. Wash it all down with fresh-fruit naturales, sangría by the pitcher, Costa Rican craft beers on tap and tropical cocktails from the full bar. Friday night is Salsa Night, when platters are piled high with nachos, and the joint is jumping with music and a whole lot of dancing going on.Where to stayThe closest to a “resort” in town, with a garden, beach access, plunge pool and panoramic gulf views, is the comfortable, casual and affordable Cabinas Jiménez (www.cabinasjimenez.com; 2735-5090), right on the waterfront. Rooms (from $50 double) and bungalows (from $90) all have a/c, Wi-Fi, fridges, coffeemakers, lots of hot water and cheerful wall murals featuring wildlife and sea creatures. There’s no breakfast served, but you can make your own coffee, or walk a couple of blocks into town for an early-morning espresso or latte at the new Café Monka sidewalk and Internet café (open 6 a.m-7 p.m.).The best bargain lodging is Cabinas Marcelina (2735-5007, on Main Street near the new BCR branch) run by two genteel Italian sisters. Clean, comfortable rooms open onto a lush garden where breakfast is served under a thatch-roofed rancho. A room with a/c is $52 double; cheaper with a fan only. Both hotels also have gated parking areas.Where to shop“Downtown” stretches only three blocks or so, with wooden arcades on both sides of the street, giving the town a bit of an Old West look. There are the usual “department stores” selling a jumble of everything. If you’re in the market, though, for a higher-quality local souvenir, stop in at Artes de Osa on Main Street beside the BCR branch (open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.), an emporium of local arts and crafts with an array of spectacular wood carvings large and small, bamboo furniture, hanging chairs, Borucan masks, and huge fish plaques. If you don’t have a car to transport larger items, they can ship them for you.The other shop not to miss is Jagua Arts & Crafts, (open daily) between the airport and the National Park office, facing the runway. Look for miniature, lifelike bird carvings, made by an artistic family in nearby La Palma; exquisite glass-bead jewelry crafted by local glass artist Karen Herrera; dolls and embroidered dresses made by indigenous Guaymí artists; plus art ceramics and mosaic boxes. There’s also a great selection of natural history books and locally made chocolateWhat not to missBefore you leave town, whether you are going south off the grid into the Osa wilds, or heading north back to civilization, be sure to make a stop on Main Street, beside the farmacia, where you will find Jade Luna Ice Cream (Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). The array of 15 or more flavors here is astounding: from refreshing blackberry cabernet sorbet to decadent Aztec chocolate, made with local cacao spiced with chili and cinnamon. Carefully crafted in small batches by U.S. chef Barbara Burkhardt, these small tubs of ice cream ({1,800/$3.60) or ice-milk palettas on sticks ({500/$1) will leave a delicious taste in your mouth, along with a lasting, pleasant memory of your visit to Puerto Jiménez.Going there Puerto Jiménez is 387.5 kilometers (241 miles) from San José, and now driving is relatively easy. Take Caldera Highway west to the Costanera, then south to the Chacarita exit, and on to Rincón-PJ. The alternate route over Cerro de la Muerte is spectacular but longer. Transportes Blanco buses (2257-4121) leave daily at 8 a.m. and noon from Ca. 14 between Av. 9-11. NatureAir and Sansa both make regularly scheduled, daily flights. Facebook Comments Alberto Fontcenter_img Exotic plants and animals are part of what you can see in Puerto Jimenez. See a more scenes from Puerto Jiménez in our photo galleryFrom the print editionThe main gateway to the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, Puerto Jiménez, is fast becoming a destination in itself. And fast is the operative word. A spate of road building and repairs now makes it possible to drive from San José to PJ in about six hours – without hitting a pothole. Repairs to the formerly bone-rattling Chacarita-Rincón road now make it easier to connect from the Costanera Highway to the smooth, new super-highway from Rincón to Puerto Jiménez.Puerto Jiménez is the last outpost of civilization – i.e. electricity, air-conditioning and telephones – on the Southern Zone’s Osa Peninsula. It still has a frontier feel and some rustic architectural character, as well as a lot of wizened, local characters squinting under straw cowboy hats. There’s no mistaking that you are in the hinterlands here. But some new attractions in town are making PJ more inviting than ever to both locals and visitors in search of a laid-back travel experience.The newest attraction in town is a brand new waterfront promenade, with knockout views of the Golfo Dulce. Two pleasant beaches, one right in town and one a six-kilometer bicycle ride east, make the warm, placid waters of the gulf easily accessible; farther out, dolphin encounters, kayaking, fishing and boat tours await. Everywhere you go in town, you’ll hear, then see, one of the signature natural attractions of the Osa: raucous scarlet macaws foraging in the almond trees that shade the town’s dusty streets.Add in some affordable accommodations, alfresco restaurants with gulf views, a couple of notable souvenir shops and the best ice cream in the Southern Zone, and you have an affordable waterfront vacation spot with a lot of character. Here’s a sampling of what’s new and notable in Puerto Jiménez.What to do Golfo Dulce view from Il Giardino restaurant.last_img read more

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SingleFamily Permits Starts Up in August

first_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Confidence Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Home Builders Service Providers 2013-09-18 Mark Lieberman Led by the strongest gain for single-family construction this, year, the pace of housing starts edged up 0.9 percent in August, the “”Census Bureau and HUD””:http://www.census.gov/construction/nrc/pdf/newresconst_201308.pdf reported Wednesday. [IMAGE]Total housing permits, though, declined 3.8 percent despite a surge in filings for single-family homes.Builders broke ground in August on new homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 891,000–up from a revised 883,000 in July–and filed for permits at the seasonally adjusted annual rate of 918,000, down from 954,000 in July. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected the report to show a rate of 915,000 starts and 950,000 permits.The rate of housing permits for July was revised up to 954,000 from the originally reported 943,000, and the pace of July housing starts was revised down to 883,000 from the originally reported 896,000.According to the report, builders completed homes at the rate of 769,000 homes in August, up slightly from 767,000 pace in July. The July completion rate was revised down from the originally reported 774,000.Permits for single-family homes represented 68.3 percent of all permit activity in August, the highest share since September 2011. By the numbers, the rate of single-family permits issued in August (627,000) was the strongest since May 2008.The rise in single-family starts was the third month-over-month gain in the last four months. Single-family starts represented 70.5 percent of all starts, the second highest share in the last year. Single-family starts were 71.7 percent of all starts in August 2012 and 72.5 percent two months ago in June.The gain in single-family starts overwhelmed the drop in multifamily activity. The rate of starts for multifamily homes fell 33,000 in August to 263,000, an 11.1 percent decline. The pace of multifamily permits dropped 54,000, or 15.7 percent, in August to 291,000.The gain in both single-family permits and starts came amid signs of improving builder confidence. According to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Housing Market Index (HMI), builder confidence in August was 58 (on 100 point scale), its highest level since November 2005. The index for September, “”reported Tuesday””:https://themreport.com/articles/builder-confidence-stumbles-in-september-on-weaker-outlook-2013-09-17, was unchanged at 58, the first time since April the index has not shown a monthly improvement.Despite the month-over-month improvement in single-family activity in August, the longer-term trend continues to shift to multifamily housing. Single-family starts have averaged about 67.6 percent of all starts in the last 12 month, down from 69.3 percent in 12 months ending August 2012 and 74.7 percent in the previous 12 months.In the last 12 months, the average single-family permits averaged 63.8 percent of total permits, down slightly from 64.1 percent in the 12 months ending August 2012 and 69.7 percent in the 12 months ending August 2011In July, according to a separate Census/HUD report, new home sales totaled 394,000, 176,000 fewer than the 570,000 completions that month. New home sales for August will be reported next week.The pace of total starts rose in August in only one of the four Census regions, improving by 47,000 in the South to 439,000 from 392,000 in July. Builder confidence in the South, according to NAHB’s HMI, rose in August to its highest level since April 2006.The rate of total starts fell 25,000 in the West to 204,000, dropped 9,000 in the Northeast to 101,000, and slipped 5,000 in the Midwest to 147,000–despite record high builder confidence in that region.Single-family starts rose in all regions, led by a gain of 22,000 in the West to a seasonally adjusted pace of 148,000. In each of the South and the Midwest, the rate of single-family starts rose 7,000 to 317,000 and 106,000, respectively, and in the Northeast, the pace went up 5,000 to 57,000.The annualized rate of all permits plunged 46,000 in the South to 413,000 in August and fell also in the West, dropping 9,000 to 219,000. The rate of permit filings for all homes rose 12,000 in the Northeast to 125,000 and improved 7,000 in the Midwest to 161,000.The pace of permits for single-family homes rose in three of the four regions, led by a gain of 8,000 in the South to 330,000. The rate of permit filings improved 7,000 in the West to 140,000 and 3,000 in the Midwest to 107,000. The pace of single-family permit filings in the Northeast was unchanged in August at 50,000._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ Single-Family Permits, Starts Up in Augustcenter_img September 18, 2013 424 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Smith, the West Virginia QB who most believe will be the first quarterback taken in April, has elicited mixed reactions among scouts. He threw for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns as a senior last season, and at 6-foot-3 and 209 lbs. has the size to play the position.But is he new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians’ top choice at No. 7 overall? Only time will tell. The NFL Draft is still more than a month away, which means rumors and speculation about which players teams want to take will be swirling like crazy.Go ahead and add another to the list, courtesy of South Florida Sun-Sentinel NFL writer Omar Kelly.I’m hearing speculation that Arizona and Buffalo will be jockeying for Geno Smith as a top 10 picks. And EJ Manuel is pushed into 2nd RD— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 8, 2013 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Marina issues to be resolved soon president say

first_imgPRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday that he expects the legal problem concerning the tender process for the development of the Larnaca port and marina to be overcome soon for the next phase to continue as planned.The president was referring to the temporary interruption of the process by the Tenders Review Authority, after a consortium that did not make it to the second round filed an appeal with the body citing incorrect application of the tender rules by the transport ministry.In total three consortiums/companies of the five that expressed interest were shortlisted last month to proceed to the next phase in the tender for the long-delayed development of Larnaca port and marina.During the next phase, the three companies will get acquainted with the details and terms of the tender so that they can proceed with submitting their proposals.Anastasiades said that the next phase was expected to materialise next year. The development of the port and marina is expected to yield great benefits, he said, among them turning the area into “an attractive tourist destination”.The appeal was filed by ERA consortium, comprising Cyprus-based AVI Giant Corporation Ltd and affiliates. The consortium did not make it to the second round, because the ministry deemed that it did not meet the selection criteria, as, a member of the group, China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd, was not authorised to sign and did not sign the tender documents and therefore could not be considered part of the consortium. Thus, the consortium was excluded from the process, and the ministry said that they have no longer legal rights in bringing proceedings.According to the Tenders Review Authority, the consortium maintains that they do, as their exclusion they said, “is the result of a misapplication of the terms of the competition, it was taken without investigation and lacks justification”.Since they were excluded, the consortium said, they have legal rights in bringing proceedings to file for an appeal so that the reviewing authority can check whether their exclusion was legal.“If temporary measures are not granted, they stressed that they would be deprived of their right to enter the competition which would cause them great damage,” the reviewing authority said.The ministry also said that an interruption of the process would not serve public interest, but the consortium replied that the government is to blame for that, as it cancelled the competition in 2015 while it ought to take into consideration the possibility of an appeal filed by a tender.Having examined the arguments of both sides, the reviewing authority said that it decided to temporarily freeze the procedure to examine the appeal. This, it said it would delay the tender procedure by three to four months.Without overseeing the need for the completion of the competition procedure, it said, any small delay “does not neutralise the need to examine the legality of the exclusion of the applicants and, consequently, the risk of damages in the event of success of the appeal”. It the case the appeal is successful, it said, the state might be called to pay a massive compensation to the consortium due to the estimated cost of the project amounting to €30m.Efforts to develop Larnaca marina and port began in 2007 but the competition was cancelled in 2015, and was relaunched last year.The idea is to develop and privatise the existing Larnaca marina as well as the port situated right next to it. The aim is to make Larnaca marina the largest in Cyprus with around a thousand berths, including some for superyachts.The plan specifies that the total area to be developed measures 510,000 square metres, which includes the Larnaca port and marina as well as the surrounding area.According to the terms of the process, the port area will be split into two. The northern part will be used for port operations and the south for the marina. This part may be used for large cruise ships as the new plan includes berths for giga yachts and cruise ships.General terms for the development allow for the construction of high rise buildings up to 15 floors. Investors will have the option to build residences, shopping areas, offices, restaurants, recreational or sports venues.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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