Rajnath assures Sikkim of safety of NH10 as Darjeeling shutdown enters Day 25

first_img The GJM also rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s offer of talks on July 8, 2017.The police are on high alert after fresh violence and arson erupted in Darjeeling hills on July 8, 2017.The Army was redeployed on July 8, 2017 after the violence in Darjeeling hills where Gorkhaland supporters torched a police outpost, a toy train station and clashed with the police at two places in protest against the alleged killings.Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the government and GTA offices and various entry exit points of the hills while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed.Except medicine shops, all others shops and hotels are closed in Darjeeling. A view of a Toytrain station damaged by Gorkhaland supporters in Darjeeling, West Bengal on Saturday.  | Photo Credit: PTI Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on July 9, 2017 said that he had “asked the Home Secretary to coordinate with West Bengal administration and ensure the safety, security and smooth traffic on NH 10”. Mr. Singh’s statement comes as the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha planned protest marches against the alleged killing of its supporters in police firing in Darjeeling. In a series of tweets Mr. Singh said he had also spoken to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling regarding the security situation in the State and areas neighbouring West Bengal. “I assured him that Centre will ensure the safety & security of NH 10 and do everything possible to save people of the state from any misery.”On July 9, 2017, GJM planned to take out the rallies as the indefinite shutdown in support of their demand for a separate Gorkhaland entered the 25th day amid a strict vigil by the Army and the police.The GJM leadership on July 8, 2017 claimed that four persons were killed in police firing. The police, however, denied the reports of firing and said it did not fire a “single shot”.The GJM claimed that while two pro-Gorkhaland supporters had died on the spot during the police firing, two others succumbed to injuries in hospital.The separatist group identified the four victims as Tashi Bhutia, Suraj Sundas, Asha Kumar and Sameer Subba.M.S. Rai, chairman of the Rai Development Board, resigned on July 8, 2017 night in protest against the alleged killings.last_img read more

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You should’ve worn that dress 10 years ago, Huma Qureshi

first_imgThe Gangs of Wasseypur wonder, Huma Qureshi, has quite often, if not always, been a treat to the eyes with her on-point style sense. While she might not have risen to the status of a B-town fashionista like Priyanka Chopra or Sonam Kapoor yet, her fashion quotient is quite appreciable, with only a few misses on record.Adding another fashion fail to the list after pulling off the night robe attire, Huma was spotted at the airport in an unflattering, black dress that was quite 2000s, and failed to charm us, like she did in this look: Huma Qureshi looks like a chandelier in this dressPhoto: Yogen Shah The bodice of the shift dress wouldn’t have really looked that shabby had it not been for the frills at the hemline, and the mid-length of the dress that just didn’t suit the design at all. While we could have really let the dress pass, the denim jacket she had thrown over just made things worse for Huma’s look.Also Read: Bobby Deol actually wore a Hello Kitty night suit to a photo-shootThe baggy, denim jacket Huma threw on top had a flower, a butterfly and cock embroidery over it–the worst of all worlds on one jacket. Denim jackets are in vogue, but denim jackets with embroidered cocks are not, and will never be, hopefully. The Madison Peddar jacket was a major downer, to say the least.Photo: Yogen Shah Huma, however, picked the right pair of shoes for the not-so-pleasant ensemble–black, Adidas Superstars that looked just fine.advertisementPhoto: Yogen Shah Also Read: Sridevi in a velvet sweat-suit is the worst thing you’ll see todayThe stunning actress wore her hair in a top-knot and sported a red lip colour that didn’t really elevate the look per se, but didn’t pull it down either.Photo: Yogen Shah We really expect better from you, Huma.last_img read more

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Liverpool nemesis Vardy the PL’s best big-game striker

first_imgIf Liverpool are to maintain their strong position at the top of the Premier League this week, they will need to silence the man who has caused them more problems than most in recent years.Jamie Vardy arrives at Anfield on Wednesday evening seeking to extend a remarkable personal record against the Reds. The Leicester striker has scored in each of his last five appearances against Jurgen Klopp’s side, home and away.In fact, only two men, Andrew Cole and Thierry Henry, have scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool. Vardy has seven in eight appearances, and has scored seven of Leicester’s last 10 in the fixture. He can equal Henry’s tally with a goal in this game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The former England international was suspended when the sides met at the King Power Stadium back in September, a game Liverpool won 2-1. The 32-year-old will be back at Anfield, and will hope to cement his reputation as one of the best big-game forwards around.The evidence is compelling. Since the start of Leicester’s miraculous title-winning season of 2015-16, Vardy has played 40 league games against ‘big six’ clubs, scoring 26 goals. He scored at the Emirates, the Etihad, Anfield and Wembley last term, and he has already netted at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge this time around. He is, as they say, no respecter of reputations.His record compares to anyone. In the same period, for example, Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in 34 ‘big six’ league games, while Sergio Aguero has netted 13 times in 30. The likes of Romelu Lukaku fare even worse, while even the prolific Mohamed Salah couldn’t match Vardy’s total of 11 goals against the big boys last season. Salah managed seven, albeit in two games fewer.“I don’t know why [Vardy] has such a good record against us,” said Klopp when asked by Goal on Tuesday, though he joked the striker’s record should have “minus one goal”, referring to a strike at Anfield two seasons back which was put on a plate by Lucas Leiva.“Did he get an assist for that?” Klopp smiled. “I would have scored that goal!”Still, there is clear respect and admiration from the Liverpool boss, who recalled another Vardy strike against his side, an outrageous long-range volley at the King Power during Leicester’s title campaign in January 2016.“The best one he scored was that one,” he said. “He was just past the halfway line and he shot, right? Yeah, that was a good year for them!”Jamie Vardy Leicester City LiverpoolLiverpool head into this game with at least one defensive headache to deal with, though it might have been worse. Virgil van Dijk should shake off a recent bout of illness to start and Dejan Lovren is fit to return if needed, but Klopp has a decision to make at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold injured and James Milner suspended.Fabinho looks the likeliest option, though at his press conference on Tuesday, Klopp hinted, perhaps mischievously, that he may even look to change system, which would bring the teenager Rafa Camacho into the equation as a wing-back. A gamble, by anyone’s standards; the 18-year-old made his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Crystal Palace in Liverpool’s last fixture.Whoever is selected, though, will need to beware the threat of Vardy, whose relentless running gives Leicester a dimension many teams in the Premier League’s middle and lower reaches lack. Liverpool’s defence has been rock-solid in the league this season, but they had trouble with Wilfried Zaha last time out, and Vardy is similar enough in that he thrives on space in behind and counter-attacking opportunities. And, unlike Zaha perhaps, he has the work ethic to force mistakes even when things are not going his way.“It’s quality, the speed he has, the finishing skills he has,” Klopp said. “Jamie is a fantastic striker, one of the best in the league, and you can see that each fibre of his body is really ready for this decisive situation. He always waits for the balls over the shoulder. He’s involved more in defending than he maybe was in the past, but it doesn’t make him easier to defend to be honest.James Maddison Jamie Vardy Leicester City 01122018“He’s a massive threat, and he always was, but he’s not the only one in that team. [James] Maddison, wow, really, really good player, not only from set-pieces, he’s a fine footballer. [Demarai] Gray, [Ricardo] Pereira, [Marc] Albrighton….they’re just a lot of either experienced and well-tuned, or very skilful and quick players, and with [Ben] Chilwell on the left side, up and down, up and down. They’re a very dangerous opponent.”Manchester City’s shock defeat by Newcastle on Tuesday night gives Liverpool the chance to bring an end to a testing January by going seven points clear at the top of the table.And keeping Leicester’s main man quiet this evening will be high on their list of priorities, you can bet. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Ozil reveals the secret behind his trademark ‘chop’ finish

first_imgIt’s two apiece at the Emirates after a scintillating comeback by Arsenal.Just three minutes ago Arsene Wenger’s side were trailing Liverpool 2-0 and had looked down and out after Mohamed Salah’s breakaway goal.But the hosts have turned the game on its head, first through an Alexis Sanchez header and then thanks to a Granit Xhaka thunderbolt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? A stadium that had been near silent, aside from 3,000 ecstatic Liverpool fans, was now rocking – and things were about to get even better.A neat combination between Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette set the German free and as Simon Mignolet came out to meet him, Arsenal’s playmaker lifted the ball over the keeper and into the net. Delirium!That goal, which was scored in 2017, has been watched time and time again by Arsenal fans during the past two years. And it’s a goal that needs to be watched more than once to truly understand the artistry behind the finish.Most would have opted for a dinked lob over the onrushing keeper, but not Ozil. Instead he chopped down on the ball as Mignolet rushed out to meet him, directing it into the ground so that it purposely bounced over the Belgium international and into the net.On first glance you would perhaps think that it was a fluke, a miskick even, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.That is made clear by the fact that the goal against Liverpool wasn’t a one-off, it was just one of several that Ozil has scored in recent years with that same trademark finish.We saw it again last season, against Bournemouth and most recently against Crystal Palace – we’ve even seen the 30-year-old take penalties in the same unique way on the training ground.And if you go back to Euro 2012, you will find Ozil outrageously using the technique to dissect two Denmark players to pick out his international team-mate Sami Khedira with a pass.The skill is so unique to the Arsenal man that it has now become known as ’the Ozil chop’.But what is the science behind it and why, when any normal footballer would try to just lift the ball over a keeper, does Arsenal’s creator in chief often buck the trend when he goes through one on one?DAZN spoke exclusively to the 30-year-old to find out.“As a player you always want to try and discover new things,” said Ozil. “So if I think of something new I want to try it on the pitch and see how it works.“It’s always been the case that I’ve scored goals like that in training, but in games I just shot normally.“But I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s easier for me to score this way because the goalkeeper has already come out at you and if you try a chip, maybe a recovering defender can reach the ball before it crosses the line.“So with this technique you kind of eliminate that because you hit the ball harder, it then travels faster and it’s harder to stop.”Ozil grew up honing his skills on the streets of Gelsenkirchen.He would play street football, usually against children who were far older and larger than he was. But his outrageous talent got him through and helped him bridge that physical gap.So was the ‘chop finish’ something he first thought of back then on the streets as a teenager?“If I’d tried that shot on the concrete I would have ended up breaking my knee,” he joked.“It would have been a lot harder then, but now you play on these amazing pitches it’s a lot easier.“I think the people like seeing it, my team-mates do in training as well. If I score a goal in training that way they all celebrate so I think it’s just a nice shot that people like.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Orphan Barrel’s 26-year-old Old Blowhard bourbon gives ‘rare’ new meaning

first_imgThe whiskey world likes to throw around words like “rare” and “limited” like it’s going out of style. But it’s not often that we, the drinkers, get a taste of what those terms truly mean. Such is not the case with Old Blowhard bourbon, the second unique release from Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company, which is made from barrels of the sweet Kentucky brew that are both rare, limited, and pack an interesting history.The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company name is, in fact, a bit of a misnomer. Orphan Barrel, which is owned by spirits giant Diageo, doesn’t do any of its own distilling at all. Instead, the bourbon in bottles of Old Blowhard and Barterhouse Whiskey, Orphan Barrel’s other bourbon offering, come entirely from “forgotten” barrels “discovered” at the Stitzel-Weller warehouses in Louisville, KY, a famous distillery founded by Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, and now owned by Diageo.“It’s every worker’s dream of finding that forgotten barrel of delicious whiskey and sharing it with their friends,” Ewan Morgan, Master of Whiskey for Diageo, said in a statement. “That’s exactly what we’re doing.”Aged 26 years and bottled at just over 90 proof, Old Blowhard bourbon is a sippin’ whiskey, meant to be enjoyed neat (or with a bit of ice, if you must). Your first whiff of Old Blowhard offers hits of dark fruit notes, sandalwood, and a touch of ripe banana. Take a taste, and you’ll immediately notice an extra-dry hit of spices acquired during its decades spent in oak barrels, and the sense that this dram is downright old – which, of course, it is.This bottle of Kentucky history won’t come cheap or easy, however: the suggested retail price for Old Blowhard is $150. And because the whiskey is made from a small selection of found barrels, its supply is so limited that you might have to do some searching to find a liquor store with a bottle in stock. That said, Old Blowhard should be available now – if you can track it down. Happy whiskey hunting! The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Woodford Reserve Adds a Wheat Whiskey to the Distillery’s Core Rangelast_img read more

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Five suspects who attempted kill wife of an inmate arrested

Five suspects who attempted to kill the wife of an inmate at the Welikada Prison have been arrested.The Police said that the suspects had been arrested by the Police Special Task Force (STF). The Police said that the suspects had in their possession a hand grenade and heroin at the time of the arrest. (Colombo Gazette)

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Shan Wijayalal new Eastern Province Governor

Shan Wijayalal de Silva was earlier a Governor of the Southern Province.He replaced M. L. A. M. Hizbullah as Governor of the Eastern Province. (Colombo Gazette) Shan Wijayalal de Silva was today appointed as the new Governor of the Eastern Province.President Maithripala Sirisena handed over the letter of appointment today.

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Levi Strauss 2Q profit drops on IPO costs revenue rises

SAN FRANCISCO — Levi Strauss & Co. shares slid in late trading Tuesday after the denim company posted worse than expected quarterly results.The San Francisco company said it earned $28.2 million, or 7 cents per share, in the three months ended May 26. That compares with net income of $74.9 million, or 19 cents per share, a year earlier.Earnings in the latest quarter were weighed down by costs related to the company’s initial public offering in March.Revenue rose 5.4% to $1.31 billion in the period. Excluding the effect of currency, revenue was up 9%.On average, analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast quarterly earnings per share of 12 cents on revenue of $1.29 billion.Looking ahead, Levi Strauss slightly raised expectations, saying it now expects fiscal 2019 revenue on a constant currency basis to grow at the high end of a mid-single digit range.Levi Strauss shares dipped nearly more than 6% to $22.20 in extended trading._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on LEVI at https://www.zacks.com/ap/LEVIThe Associated Press read more

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Security Council urges Taliban to comply with texts ordering bin Laden handover

Speaking to the press following closed-door consultations on the situation in Afghanistan, Council President Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France offered a succinct account of the Council’s demands. “Today there is one, and only one, message the Security Council has for the Taliban: implement the resolutions of the Security Council, in particular resolution 1333, immediately and unconditionally,” he said. Resolution 1333, adopted on 19 December 2000, tightened sanctions imposed by the Council against the Taliban after Mr. bin Laden was indicted in the United States for the bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. The text demands the handover of bin Laden “to appropriate authorities in a country where he has been indicted or to appropriate authorities in a country where he will be returned to such a country, or to appropriate authorities in a country where he will be arrested and effectively brought to justice.” The Council resolution also demanded that the Taliban act swiftly to close all terrorist training camps in territory under the group’s control. read more

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UN health agency supporting global effort to relieve chronic pain

The effort is part of the first Global Day Against Pain, a campaign cosponsored by WHO and organized by the International Association on the Study of Pain (IASP) and the European Federation of the IASP Chapters.New statistics released by the two organizations indicate that one in five people suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain, and that one in three are unable or less able to maintain an independent lifestyle due to their pain. Between one-half and two-thirds of chronic pain sufferers are less able or unable to exercise, enjoy normal sleep, perform household chores, attend social activities, drive a car, walk or have sexual relations. The effect of pain means that one in four persons say that relationships with family and friends are strained or broken.The statistics also reveal that pain is second only to fever as the most common symptom in ambulatory persons with HIV/AIDS. Pain in HIV/AIDS usually involves several sources at once. The causes include tissue injury from inflammation (including autoimmune responses), infection or neoplasia: so-called nociceptive pain. Nearly half of pain in HIV/AIDS is neuropathic, reflecting injury to the nervous systems.Oral morphine has proven to be a cost-effective pain medication for the treatment of moderate to severe pain when the underlying cause is cancer or HIV/AIDS. However, opioid analgesics are not adequately available, particularly in developing countries with limited resources, due to ignorance of their medical use, restrictive regulations and pricing issues.”The majority of those suffering unrelieved pain are in low and middle-income countries where there is an increasing burden of chronic diseases such as cancer and AIDS,” said Dr. Catherine Le Galès-Camus, WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health.”Limited health resources should not be allowed to deny sick people and their families the dignity of access to pain relief and palliative care, which are integral to the right to enjoy good health,” she said. read more

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Chryslers best result in 13 years powers Fiats 1Q earnings North American

Chrysler’s best result in 13 years powers Fiat’s 1Q earnings; North American results strong MILAN – Italian carmaker Fiat SpA on Thursday said first-quarter profits more than tripled, thanks to its U.S. partner Chrysler, which posted its best quarter in 13 years while sales in Europe plunged.The automaker, based in the northern Italian city of Turin, reported net profit of €104 million (US$137 million) for the period ending March 31, up from €29 million a year earlier, due to strong North American results and despite losses in Europe.“Given the circumstances in Europe, we’ve had an exceptionally strong quarter,” CEO Sergio Marchionne told an analyst conference call. “To tell you we are satisfied with the performance of the group overall, I think would be a bit of a stretch.”Fiat’s European operations lost €207 million — the only region to post a loss. Fiat’s car registrations in the region plunged 26 per cent to 81,469 units — far outpacing the market’s drop of 6.6 per cent in the quarter, according to the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association. Fiat sells cars under brands, including Fiat, Lancia, Chrysler and Alfa Romeo.Fiat shares closed down 5 per cent to €3.73.Strong sales at Chrysler, which Fiat controls with a 58.5 per cent stake, helped boost the group’s revenues, which more than doubled to €20 billion from €9 billion in the first quarter of 2010. Chrysler generated €11.3 billion of that revenue.“The fact that Chrysler has had a phenomenally strong quarter has undoubtedly come to help,” Marchionne said.Excluding Chrysler, Fiat’s revenues fell 5.7 per cent due to declining European auto sales. Fiat also suffered a drop in production and deliveries due to a monthlong strike by trailer drivers protesting higher gas prices and government austerity measures. Fiat said the strike caused a loss of about 20,000 units.Marchionne conceded that the European market had “underperformed” the company’s expectations.In all, Fiat sold just over 1 million cars in the quarter, 60 per cent of those by Chrysler in North America.Fiat said it maintained its 2012 targets of €77 billion in revenue and net profit of €1.2 billion to €1.5 billion, despite the absence of any indication that car sales will bounce back in Europe this year.Marchionne confirmed during the conference call that future investments in Italy beyond those already announced would remain on hold until the market improves, and the company said Fiat’s domestic market is expected to register the lowest volumes since 1983 this year.Marchionne also said the Fiat and Chrysler alliance would be open to a partner to help strengthen its position in Asia, which he called “marginal.” But he said no detailed discussions were under way.A late comer to the booming Asian market, Fiat shipped just 25,000 vehicles to the region last year, up from 17,000 a year earlier, registering a trading profit — or earnings before interest, taxes and one-time items — of €77 million.Fiat just announced at the Beijing auto show this month a new sedan for Asia called “Viaggo.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 26, 2012 2:09 pm MDT read more

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These are the temporary Tetrislike moves being made so the Gardaí can

first_imgTHERE’S A FEW gaps in An Garda Síochána’s command structure at the moment.In normal practice, there’d be a Garda Commissioner in overall charge of the force, and two Deputy Commissioners — one in charge of ‘Operations’ (day-to-day management) and the other heading up ‘Strategy & Change Management’ (longer-term stuff).Before Martin Callinan’s resignation earlier this year, there was just one deputy, however — Noirín O’Sullivan.And since she’s now Acting Commissioner, in effect there’s no-one formally occupying the two next senior roles.That fact’s been hampering plans to hire 28 lower ranked officers — as current rules dictate that in the recruitment process for superintendents and chief superintendents, an interview panel must include at least one Deputy Commissioner.Still with us?Well, in a development yesterday, the Cabinet has agreed to a temporary amendment — allowing assistant commissioners to effectively ‘act up’ as deputy commissioners for the purposes of recruitment, solving the problem for the moment.There are currently four chief superintendent vacancies in the force, and 24 for superintendents.There’s also, obviously, a vacancy for at least one Deputy Commissioner; the Government also signed off on recruitment plans for that role yesterday.The new hire will be looking after the ’Strategy & Change Management’ end of things, as O’Sullivan is still, technically, ‘Operations’ chief.A Justice Department spokesperson said the Interim Commissioner would be making arrangements for the hiring of the 28 superintendents and chief superintendents “as soon as possible”.Regarding the vacant deputy role, she added “arrangements for the filling of the post are in preparation and will be finalised shortly”.Two Assistant Commissioners are currently fulfilling the functions of the Deputy Commissioners in addition to their own day-jobs as the hiring limbo situation continues.Read: These are the judges designate of the Court of Appeal (and three new ones for the High Court)Read: This top civil servant wants to talk about making it easier to sack public sector workerslast_img read more

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Priest stabbed during morning mass in church in Montreal

first_img Friday 22 Mar 2019, 2:23 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share63 Tweet Email2 St Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal Source: Shutterstock/Ritu Manoj JethaniA PRIEST WAS stabbed during a livestreamed morning mass today at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, the largest church in Canada, police said.The suspect was arrested at the Roman Catholic basilica shortly after the attack in front of 50 people and a television audience around 8.40 am (12.40pm Irish time), while priest Claude Grou was taken to hospital.Police told AFP that Grou was “slightly wounded in the upper body” when, according to witnesses cited by authorities, “the suspect suddenly ran up to the priest and attacked him with a knife” while he was officiating the mass.The suspect was due to be interrogated shortly, while the scene has been cordoned off.Church spokeswoman Celine Barbeau said Grou, the church’s rector, “was conscious when he left. We are hopeful he will pull through.”Video of the attack rebroadcast by CTV showed the assailant – a tall man in jeans, a parka and a white baseball cap – chase the priest around the altar and stab him.Grou falls to the ground, but quickly gets back up and backs away as security officers surround the suspect and detain him until police arrive.A witness, Adele Plamondon, told public broadcaster Radio-Canada the priest was about to start reading the gospel, when “this man drew a knife and ran up to stab him.”The suspect “did not shout, didn’t say anything” during the assault, but appeared “very determined,” Plamondon said.- © AFP 2019  By AFP 36 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4555917 Priest stabbed during morning mass in church in Montreal The suspect was arrested at the scene. Mar 22nd 2019, 2:23 PM Short URL 22,315 Views last_img read more

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MPs to approve metro extension

first_imgMPs will have the chance within the next two weeks to approve a contract that would pave the way for the completion of seven new stations on the Athens metro network, Transport Minister Makis Voridis told Kathimerini Tuesday. Voridis is this month due to submit to Parliament the contract for Siemens to supply the signaling equipment that is needed for the stations to be prepared. “I think it is just a matter of days,” he said. “We will present the contract to the relevant parliamentary committee by mid-January at the latest and then Attiko Metro [the firm responsible for constructing the stations] will be able to sign the agreement.” Voridis added that it would not be necessary for all three parties involved in the coalition government to approve the Siemens contract for the project to proceed. This was a softening of the stance he adopted in early December, when he insisted that cross-party support was a prerequisite for the scheme. The extension of metro lines 2 and 3 had been held up since 2008 because successive governments were unwilling to sign the 45-million-euro contract with Siemens after the firm’s Greek branch was accused of paying bribes in the past to politicians and state officials to secure contracts. The seven stations – three on Line 3 of the metro system (Peristeri, Anthoupoli and Haidari) and four on Line 2 (Ilioupoli, Alimos, Argyroupoli and Elliniko) – were due to open to the public last summer but may not even be available to commuters this year. Attiko Metro officials said it would take about eight months to complete the Line 1 extension from the day the signaling contract is signed. The Line 2 extension would take a year, they said. Voridis appeared confident Greece would meet the deadlines set by the European Union, which is co-funding the project. “I think we will be within the deadline,” he said. If the targets are not met, the EU could withdraw up to 463 million euros of funding. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Bale We still have things to improve

first_imgGareth Bale has conceded that it will take time for Real Madrid to properly adapt to new head coach Julen Lopetegui’s methods, but insists that improvement is a mustThe 13-time European champions defeated AS Roma in Wednesday morning’s final pre-season friendly of their US tour at New Jersey and have now returned to Spain to continue with their preparations for the new season.This summer has overseen many big changes at Real mainly in the shock departures of former coach Zinedine Zidane and star man Cristiano Ronaldo.Lopetegui has been brought in by Real president Florentino Perez to replace Zidane, although the Spaniard is yet to sign anyone that could potentially compensate for the loss of Ronaldo.But, despite losing to Manchester United in the first game of their US tour, things have gone well under Lopetegui’s leadership with wins over Italian giants Juventus and Roma recently.Although Bale, who scored an eye-catching equaliser against Juventus and netted the match-winning goal against Roma, insists that Real is far from the finished product under Lopetegui and that it will take time.“It’s always difficult,” Bale told Real Madrid TV, via AS.“The new coach is here with his new ideas and we still have things to improve.“It’s never easy to play with a new coach, but in attack we’re fine.“We do what the coach wants, scoring goals, winning games.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We want to start the new season.”??? ¡El equipo ya está en Madrid! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/7579iA7t3D— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 8, 2018Midfielder Dani Ceballos admitted that Lopetegui has a different approach to that of Zidane’s altogether.But the Spaniard backed Real’s new front three line of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio and Bale to compensate well for the loss of Ronaldo.“We are playing differently, with another type of passing and longer positions,” said Ceballos. “That is what the coach has asked of us from the first day.“This Madrid has a goal, Bale is plugged in, Karim is there, and Marco. He [Lopetegui] is not going to notice the absence of Cristiano.”Real will next face AC Milan at home on Saturday.last_img read more

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34 too tired from work to enjoy life outside of it

first_imgOver a third (34%) of respondents are too tired to enjoy life outside of work as a result of their job, according to research by communications consultancy Lansons.Its Britain at work report, which is based on two surveys conducted by Opinium with 2,003 and 2,008 UK employees, found that this dropped to 27% among those aged 55 and over.There is little difference between the genders, with 34% of female respondents and 33% of male respondents reporting that their work means they are too tired to enjoy their free time.The research also found:Health and wellbeing28% of respondents work one to two hours past their set working time each day, while 50% put in average overtime of one hour or less.Those in the education industry are most likely to work past their standard daily working hours, with 19% of respondents in the sector always working beyond their set hours.1.36 hours is the average length of time that London-based respondents who work past their set hours put in.Around half (51%) of those working for large organisations say their employer is supportive of staff coping with mental health issues.61% of respondents at large organisations say their employer is supportive of those with physical disabilities.Reward and recognitionAlmost half (47%) of respondents say they feel valued at work, while 52% say they feel respected.55% received a pay rise over the last 12 months and 34% received a bonus.Less than half (44%) of respondents think they are paid fairly.Employee attitudes towards their organisationLess than half (48%) of respondents are proud of where they work.34% say they do not feel a great sense of loyalty to the organisation they work for.Just one in ten (10%) of respondents are very likely to recommend their employer to others.39% say they would leave their organisation tomorrow if they had another job to go to.Scott McKenzie (pictured), director of change and employee engagement at Lansons, said: “We are still working very long hours, giving away almost a whole working day per week. And yet our productivity does not match up to that additional time we’re spending at work. “There is surely a virtuous circle in taking steps to improve the work-life balance of UK workers, while at the same time ensuring a sustainable and more productive working environment.“We would strongly recommend that UK employers take the necessary steps to ensure there is an open dialogue to ensure that problems can be addressed before they reach boiling point.”last_img read more

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Protest against North Dakota pipeline held in Fort Lauderdale

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Peaceful demonstrations against an oil pipeline in North Dakota caused major traffic trouble in Fort Lauderdale, Friday night.More than 100 people chanted “water is life” as they blocked city streets. The crowd marched along Broward Boulevard and Andrews Avenue to Northwest 4th Avenue.Among the participants were members of the Seminole tribe out to support the Native American protesters trying to block further construction of the controversial pipeline.“In Standing Rock, in North Dakota, they’re fighting for clean water on their treaty land,” said protester Lena Young. “They’re trying to build a pipeline, called the Dakota Access pipeline, that will run one mile away from the Stand Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation, and it will poison their water.”For weeks, hundreds of people have been standing their ground in North Dakota and clashing with police. There appears to be no end in sight for the demonstrations there.The Obama administration said it wants to conduct more environmental studies and get more tribal input.President-elect Donald Trump has said he supports the pipeline. last_img read more

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Special pujas mark Tholi Ekadasi day in Bhadrachalam

first_imgBhadrachalam: On account of Tholi Ekadasi day on Friday, a large number of devotees thronged the Lord Rama temple in Bhadrachalam and offered prayers. Since morning, a heavy rush was witnessed in queue lines. Meanwhile, on the day, the priests performed a special abhishekam and the pujas to the deities in the sanctum sanctorum. The priests also performed the celestial wedding which was witnessed by a large number of couples.On the day, a devotee, R Sai Sandeep, from East Godavari of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh donated Rs 1 lakh towards the temple’s Annadanam (mass feeding programme). He handed over the cheque to temple superintendent K Srinivas.last_img read more

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