BJP, Congress finalise list of star campaigners for Tripura

first_imgThe Bhratiya Janata Party and the Congress have finalised their lists of star campaigners to woo voters in the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. The lists include top leaders of the parties and celebrities who will throw their weight behind the candidates during campaigning.BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to arrive in the State tomorrow (Thursday) to campaign for his party candidates. He is expected to host a road show in Agartala.“We are finalising the programme for the road show which will be joined by party supporters,” said a local BJP leader.Preparations are also in full swing for the election rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 6 at Udaipur, headquarters of Gomati district in south Tripura. Mr. Modi might tag a few other northeastern States during the visit.The Congress announced a list of 18 star campaigners for Tripura. The list includes names like Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Sachin Pilot, Navjot Singh Siddhu, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mukul Sangma and cinestar-turned-politician Nagma.Congress president Rahul Gandhi had already held a public rally at Khumulwng, near Agartala, on March 18. The schedule for the visit of star campaigners will be announced soon, PCC general secretary Baptu Chakraborty said on Wednesday. Tripura will have two-phased Lok Sabha election. The West Tripura constituency will go to the poll on April 11 and East Tripura (ST) constituency on April 18.Both the constituencies are witnessing multi-cornered contest. All major parties are in the fray.last_img read more

9-man Chennai City FC Lose 3-2 to Bashundhara Kings in Controversial Game at Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Bashundhara Kings defeated I-League 2018-19 champions Chennai City FC 3-2 in a hugely controversial contest at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong on Thursday to keep their semi-final hopes alive in Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup.Mohamad Kdouh scored a brace for the home team, who had lost their opener to Gokulam Kerala FC, to keep his team alive in the tournament. With the loss, Chennai City FC were knocked out after having lost their first match 5-3 to Malaysian club Terengganu FC. Gokulam Kerala FC, later in the day, drew 0-0 with Terengganu FC to remain on top of the Group B table.The Chennai City FC match was a hugely controversial one, where Chennai player Katsumi Yusa and coach Akbas Nawas were shown red cards and the I-League champions played most of the match with just 10 men and finished the game with just nine..In the 24th minute, after Chennai City FC were awarded a free kick and Katsumi Yusa stood with the ball, he was seen exchanging a few words with the referee and then he went to his coach. As the referee asked the players to continue the game, Yusa charged towards the referee before his teammates came in between and stopped him.The match was thereafter paused with Chennai City players having left the pitch and Yusa alleging that the referee using racist language against him. After several minutes of delay, Yusa was shown a red card and it was only in the 35th minute that the Chennai City players made it back to the pitch to begin the game again.In the first half itself, Bashundhara head coach Oscar Bruzon and Chennai City officials got into a scuffle on the sidelines after a clumsy foul by Chennai’s Mashoor. Chennai coach Akbar Nawas was then sent off for obstructing the play.In fact, Chennai City FC played the last 20 minutes of the match with just nine men on the pitch after Roberto Eslava was sent off following a second yellow for a foul on Daniel.Nine-man Singams were defeated 3-2 by the hosts. #NammaThamizhagam #SingaNadaiPodu #CCFC— Chennai City FC🏆 (@ChennaiCityFC) October 24, 2019 Bashundhara got off to a dream start to the match when Mohamad Kdouh got them the lead in just the sixth minute of the match. Kdouh made a brilliant first touch with a header that fell his way and shot the volley home.Both teams stayed on the attack and created chances before the major controversy erupted half way through the first half.After the restart in the 35th minute, Chennai stayed on the attack and reaped benefits of the same in the 43th minute. Mashoor won the ball by fending off a challenge from Bashundhara and took the shot, which was saved by the keeper. However, the rebound fell to Pedro Manzi on the right and he made no mistake to restore parity for Chennai City FC.The teams went into half time with the scoreline reading 1-1 but Chennai down a man and their coach.The second half began with both teams trying hard to get the lead and in the 59th minute, Bashundhara took the lead once again through Bakhtyiar Duishobekov, who got his head to a beautiful ball in the middle.Once again on the backfoot, Chennai were put under immense pressure by Bashundhara, who also had a man advantage. In the 67th minute, Kdouh had a golden chance to score his second when he was released on the left but despite having only the keeper to beat, he shot the ball wide.Two minutes later, Chennai were reduced to nine men after Eslava’s dismissal but Chennai restored parity in the 71st minute through Mashoor. Nauzet took a goal kick straight over the Bashundhara midfield and Mashoor battled with unsure Bashundhara keeper and defender to shoot a scorpion kick that found the back of the net.However, the advantage in the number of bodies showed as Bashundhara maintained their pressure on the Chennai defence and midfield. In the 81st minute, Kdouh once again shot straight at Nauzet even he was through on the left.In the 87th minute, Daniel sent a brilliant ball in the middle and three Bashundhara men were in the box but none could get a touch.However, Bashundhara and Kdouh were not to be denied. A minute later, Rabi-ul Hasan’s powerful shot from far was blocked by Nauzet but on onrushing Kdouh slotted in the rebound to put the home team in lead once again.That proved to be the decisive goal as Chennai could not find a way back for the third time and bowed out of the tournament. Akbar NawasBashundhara KingsChennai City FCfootball First Published: October 24, 2019, 5:48 PM ISTlast_img read more

NBA: Toronto Raptors interested in signing Greg Monroe

first_imgAdvertisementToronto Raptors is interested in free agent forward Greg Monroe according to a report from TSN, which cites unidentified league sources. Monroe would provide the Raptors with additional scoring power off the bench, the report says.While Monroe wouldn’t provide the Raptors their much-needed rim protection, he is a gifted frontcourt scorer.The 28-year-old Monroe averaged 10.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game in 2017-18, spending time with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Phoenix Suns, and the Boston Celtics. His value has cratered in recent years, but Toronto could use another frontcourt player after trading away Jakob Poeltl, who played all 82 games for them last season, in the Leonard deal.Toronto sent Jakob Poeltl to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard trade, so the Raptors have a clear hole at center. Playing Serge Ibaka or Pascal Siakam out of position are their only options to spell Valanciunas.Monroe was traded by the Bucks to the Suns last November and finished last season with the Celtics.Advertisementlast_img read more

It’s great to see the real Man Utd back – Van Nistelrooy

first_imgManchester United The real Man Utd is back and it’s great to see – Van Nistelrooy Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Stoke City v Manchester United Stoke City The former Red Devils striker believes the current squad under Jose Mourinho is far more reflective of the club than it was under recent regimes Ruud van Nistelrooy says it’s good to have the real Manchester United back after a number of years of difficulties.The Red Devils have started the Premier League season with three consecutive wins, scoring 10 goals without conceding, with new signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic earning rave reviews.Lukaku 11/1 for hat-trick Saturday Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina And Van Nistelrooy, who scored 150 goals in 219 games for United between 2001 and 2006, believes the feel-good factor being expressed by Jose Mourinho’s squad right now is proof that things are changing at the club.“I think that’s part of United culture,” the 41-year-old told reporters. “Maybe for a few years it wasn’t there – I saw that as well – but it’s great to see that back again. It was great to see them back winning the big trophies last year, and now they have built on a better squad and hopefully this year the football will join the trophies.”Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester UnitedThe Dutchman admits that even in his most prolific days he might have found it difficult to score goals if given the kind of service United forwards have been provided over the past couple of years in a side which was difficult to watch under compatriot Louis van Gaal.“Of course you depend on service, and now there’s a team that can create chances and can get you balls in the box as well, gets passes in, they can make your runs and get crosses in and that helps a lot.“It was difficult [to watch previously], but it’s not easy to analyse why that is. But in the end it’s the quality of the players you have on the pitch, and this year – and last as well because they did very, very well last year as well – but this year they look even better.”Romelu Lukaku Manchester UnitedWhile Lukaku has scored four goals in his first four competitive appearances for the club, and Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba have all been among the goals, Van Nistelrooy says the form of the front line is simply reflective of the squad strength in general this season.“Exactly, there’s creativity there, there’s passes there, there’s players who can move, who can finish. The full-backs are joining in, putting in the crosses as well, there’s a very strong block in the centre of the midfield and in the back, a strong goalkeeper… so yes, it’s a very complete squad at the moment. Zlatan is still there to join in, so yes they’re looking really strong.”United return to league action on Saturday when they travel to Stoke City for a 17:30 BST kick-off, and then begin their Champions League campaign with the visit of Basel three days later. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

UAE FTA ITF to Work on Solving Crew Abandonment

first_imgzoom The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Transport Authority (FTA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have agreed to work together to tackle abandonment cases in UAE waters.FTA and ITF officials met this week to discuss the increasing number of abandonment cases faced by the UAE and the Gulf State’s desire to bring an end to the problem.Both parties agreed to develop a protocol to govern a closer working relationship, including increased cooperation and information exchange.The FTA officials announced that they would push for the UAE to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, and the ITF committed to provide advice, training and expertise to assist with this. “The scourge of shipowners who think that they can dump their ships and leave their crews without pay and essential supplies must be brought to an end. It is good to know that the FTA is taking the initiative and have already banned the vessels of one shipowner who repeatedly abused seafarers’ rights. This is setting a good example to other states in the region and I hope they will follow suit,” David Heindel, chair of the ITF seafarers’ section, said.The move comes on the heels of FTA’s ban on Varun’s ships from calling the UAE ports earlier this month.India-based LPG shipowning company is a repeat offender when it comes to seafarer abandonment cases in UAE ports and waters.The latest instance of crew abandonment involves the company’s 1991-built ship Maharshi Vamandeva.The ship’s crew has been abandoned and left without basic provisions and fuel as well as lack of medical care. The seafarers have also been denied their salaries.Separately, Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) today called for renewed and reinvigorated international efforts to deliver faster solutions, effective remedies and repatriation for all stranded and abandoned seafarers in the global shipping industry, and a greater focus on naming and shaming owners who otherwise revel in their impunity from being held accountable.According to HRAS, the shipping community, as a body, lacks firm leadership and effective tools to end owner’s impunity from prosecution, provide effective sanctions, and fails to provide an effective remedy for the very human beings which provide the lifeblood of the industry, and its profit.Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) said in June of this year, that amid industry concerns and the media coverage about unreported crew abandonment cases IMO, along with ILO, the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have been working hard to address these matters, adding that ILO’s database on abandonment cases has been updated.Over the last five years, 12 to 19 crew abandonment incidents were reported annually and 1,013 seafarers were involved in total, the International Labour Organization (ILO) told World Maritime News.Furthermore, figures from this year, as of July 31, show that 28 abandonment cases were reported, involving 339 seafarers.However, HRAS claims that this is not true as many cases being tackled by the charity have not been included in the database.Furthermore, the ILO database, originally supported by the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association and established on 1 April 2005, is said to have been handed over to a commercial company, Right Ship.A question is being raised if UN bodies cannot achieve what is needed with senior diplomatic intervention, what real hope is there?“Progress on this issue continues to be painfully slow and the true reality is that the industry really does not care despite what is postured and articulated by retained media teams keen to keep positive messaging flowing,” HRAS said.According to the charity, a potential way forward should include identifying the weaknesses and individual failures to address impunity at state-level, and holding port and flag states accountable, where applicable.“Get the issue on the table as a long-term priority at the IMO and ILO and provide a long-term solution, not soundbites, and certainly not have it undertaken behind closed doors thereby exacerbating the current lack of transparency in the shipping community.“In the meantime, the evidence being submitted to our charity tells a compelling story of owners who continue to revel in their impunity. Further, it appears that crews around the world increasingly realize that other routes for reporting their plight are being quietly suppressed, are overseen and funded by entities with vested interests in controlling the narrative and the data, and as a consequence, their stories are rarely told,” HRAS said.As an example, Human Rights at Sea pointed to the case of Indian seafarers stranded on the MT Dharma, a vessel abandoned off the UAE coast in Ajman anchorage for the past ten months.“The state of the MT Dharma vessel reportedly owned by Alco Shipping Services, … is factually terrible. From the presented evidence, it appears unseaworthy and despite the pleas of an experienced Master, his voice has been left unheard, until now,” HRAS said.last_img read more

Greenpeace Enough with tar sand bitumen

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn British Columbia yesterday Greenpeace activists protested against the expansion of a pipeline.Greenpeace says it’s sending a message to the Prime Minister – enough with tar sand bitumen.APTN’s Tina House has this story.last_img

International wildlife trade to be reviewed with UN help

14 July 2008The trade in elephants, rhinos, tigers and mahogany will all be the focus of this week’s meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, whose secretariat is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “Innovative and courageous solutions are required to correct the spiral of species decline,” saidCITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers in a statement today at the start of the conference.“This has been recognized this week by the leaders of the G-8 group of countries, who expressed their commitment to promote a co-benefits approach that will lead to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, while reducing illicit trade in wildlife, and to improve the interface between research activities and the public and policy makers,” he added.Among other issues, 300 representatives from the 173 member States of CITES will discuss the quantities of raw ivory stockpiled in four southern African countries which have been approved for export. Under an agreement reached last year, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe were authorized to make a single sale of all government-owned stocks of ivory that were registered by the end of 2007.The agreement stipulates that after these shipments have been completed no further sales are to be considered by CITES for a period of nine years.The convention will also focus on the controversial subject of tiger farming in Asia. CITES has decided that captive populations of tigers should be restricted to numbers that would support wild tiger conservation and that tigers should not be bred for trade in their parts. This week, it will hear about efforts to combat the continuing illegal trade in tiger skins and bones, as well as in those of other big cats such as leopards.The levels of exports of mahogany from the Amazon basin will also be discussed. CITES says the current timber verification system is insufficient and notes that new systems are under development to ensure that the harvest is sustainable and the trade is legal.CITES is also seeking to set up a multi-national task force to deal with the problem of the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn. Rhino populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), India, Mozambique, Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe are suffering from poaching. In DRC scientists fear that the rhino population has been wiped out. read more

East Timor UN team visits Indonesias West Timor to encourage repatriation

“The main concern of the refugees who want to return is their personal security, and we were able to assure them that East Timor is stable and safe,” said N. Parameswaran, the Chief of Staff of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) who led the delegation. “There were, however, indications that some of the refugees had been instructed to ask questions of a political nature and question the result of the popular consultation.”The visit to the camps in Kupang, Soe, Kefamenanu and Atambua was initiated by the Udayana (Bali and West Timor) Commander Major General William da Costa, who accompanied the delegation for the entire visit.Thousands of posters, brochures and other information materials prepared by UNTAET were distributed among the refugees. The Chief of Staff also met with the Bishops of Kupang and Atambua, as well as pro-autonomy leaders. Plans are under way to send a ship later this month to pick up from Kupang those refugees who wish to return to East Timor, the UN Mission said.Back to top read more

Security Council Two draft resolutions zero consensus on ceasefire in Syrias Idlib

Belgium, Germany and Kuwait tabled a draft proposing a humanitarian ceasefire, which garnered 12 out of 15 votes.Permanent members Russia and China used their right to veto, blocking its adoption. Their own resolution, which highlighted terrorism concerns by extremist groups operating inside the region, also failed to pass, with nine members voting against and four abstaining.Ursula Mueller, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, who spoke prior to the voting, said a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia on 30 August has reportedly led to a decline in fighting in the northwestern region. However, insecurity and an “alarming” humanitarian situation persist.“The fragile ceasefire has brought into focus an outlook that, for this Security Council should be all too familiar: Further fighting will endanger and displace thousands of civilians. Further displacement will create even more needs. Further needs will stretch humanitarians that are already at their limit”, she told the chamber.“The world is watching…in hopes that a more humane outlook for Syria will be created, one where civilians are safe, needs are addressed, and humanitarians are protected.” Families living in the openHumanitarians reach more than 1.6 million people in the Idlib region every month through cross-border operations from Turkey.Some 400,000 residents have fled their homes since May, following an escalation of military operations. They have been pushed to areas near the border, which are already densely populated, thus further straining host communities.Ms. Mueller stressed that shelter is a major concern. Increased demand and short supply mean that many families cannot afford a place to live. With winter approaching, humanitarians estimate they will need more than $68 million to help those in need.“A survey earlier this month found that about 600,000 people live in tents, camps and sites for internally displaced persons. Humanitarian partners report that, in the absence of viable alternatives, families in some areas resort to living out in the open,” she said.Board of inquiry set to begin workLast month, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the establishment of an internal Board of Inquiry into conflict-related incidents that have taken place in northwest Syria since last September, when Russia and Turkey signed a deal to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib.Damage or destruction to facilities on the deconfliction list and to UN-supported facilities will be among the matters to be investigated when the Board begins its work later this month. read more

State government gives 13m in support for Greek community organisations

first_imgMore than 60 Greek projects will be funded through this year’s Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund and Multicultural Festivals and Events program, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott and Member for Northern Metropolitan Jenny Mikakos announced on Friday.The initiatives aim to ensure all of Victoria’s culturally diverse communities have access to safe, functional facilities to better use services, participate in social activities and share their vibrant culture with the wider Victorian community. As part of these programs, an array of Greek community organisations are to receive more than $1.3 million to upgrade community facilities, purchase new equipment and hold cultural events.Some of the Greek community organisations to be funded this year include the Pontiaki Estia social club which will receive $250,000 to fix the façade of the club and restore structural issues so they can continue to hold dance lessons and other social activities; Fronditha Care to get $250,000 to develop the Greek Community Centre in Mulgrave; the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Parish of Coburg and Pascoe Vale to receive $250,000 for a building extension; the Greek Orthodox Community of Dandenong and Districts to renovate their halls with $150,000; the Thessaloniki Association which will receive almost $5,000 for a kitchen upgrade; the Olympian Society to get almost $3,000 to upgrade their kitchen appliances.“Victoria’s Greek community have made immeasurable contributions to the social and economic life of our state,” said Victoria’s Minister for Early Childhood Education (and Member for Northern Metropolitan) Jenny Mikakos.“This additional funding will help to enshrine our Greek identity and history and enable both our young and older community members to celebrate their heritage through modern facilities and a range of festivals and activities.”Funding to promote language learning at kinderMinister Mikakos also visited Oakleigh Grammar Early Learning Centre this week, alongside Labour MP Steve Dimopoulos, where they had the opportunity to present Labor’s $17.9 million Early Childhood Language Program, which will allow 150 kindergartens across Victoria to offer weekly sessions in one of 15 languages, and a further 10 to run a bilingual program.“We know that learning another language has great rewards – it’s fun, it improves brain function and actually helps kids learn English better,” said Minister Mikakos.“This Australian-first initiative is going to put little Victorians at the front of the pack and ready for school,” she continued stressing the benefits of more than 5,000 little Victorians learning a new language while at kinder, making the most of these early learning years.“From ‘yiasas’ to ‘ni hao’ – we’re giving our children the chance to be immersed in the wonderful languages of the world and it’s terrific to see that Oakleigh kids will be among the first to benefit from this amazing program,” added Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos.Oakleigh Grammar’s Childhood Language Program will receive government funding to run a fully bilingual Greek kindergarten program from 2019, as will Alphington Grammar Preschool and Clever Kids Childcare in Ashburton.The weekly sessions will cover a range of languages apart from Greek, including Mandarin, Arabic, Punjabi, Italian, Japanese, French, Hebrew and Spanish.Among the 160 kindergartens – a third of which are located in regional Victoria- 29 kindergartens will offer Aboriginal languages and 27 will teach Auslan. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Shearers rough criticism against Pogba and Sanchez

first_imgLegendary striker Alan Shearer is one of the few who actually defends Jose Mourinho’s status as the manager, he goes after Pogba and Sanchez.Manchester United’s most recent form is very alarming, there are people blaming Mourinho and people blaming some of the players, but Alan Shearer is clear about where his allegiances are.The former Newcastle striker and Premier League’s all-time top scorer wrote a column for The Sun, where he felt the need to let it all out and publicly defend Jose Mourinho in a time when it’s easier to just go after the manager for all the bad results.Other legends of the game like Paul Scholes have come hardly after the Portuguese manager, flat out saying that his mouth is completely out of control and he should quit the job while he still has some dignity left.But for Alan Shearer, talking trash about Mourinho is wrong because the boss has an impressive resume that gives him more than enough credit to turn things around at Manchester United.Shearer wrote that he has never liked going after the manager because the players are also to blame when situations like this take place at any club, and Manchester United is no different as he specifically singled out Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. Alan Shearer on Pogba:”He was offering nothing. Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford” pic.twitter.com/o9syUVLiJm— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 2, 2018On his Monday column for The Sun, Shearer expressed how incredible the difference this Manchester United has with the one that Sir Alex Ferguson managed. Back when he was still a player, the Red Devils inspired a lot of respect and no information was leaked like today.Carrington is a source of drama 24/7, something that was impossible to imagine back in the day. For the England legend, there are two specific players to blame, and he went after them hard. His first victim was aul Pogba as he wrote: “It was never like this when I started in the game. The club had the power, as did the boss.”“Now all the power is with the players. Paul Pogba is Manchester United’s record signing. Just take that in for a moment and consider all the great players who have played for this club. Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford.”“He was pathetic again at West Ham and was that bad that Mourinho had to drag him off as he was offering nothing. If he is looking to get the manager out then he is doing a much better job of that than playing football, as his team-mates were not much better,” he wrote.Jose 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.Alan Shearer and Alex Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/9LIXWEFYvT— 90s Football (@90sfootball) October 2, 2018But Shearer wasn’t done, as he also pointed out the terrible situation that Alexis Sanchez is currently going through at Manchester United. The Chilean player was reportedly told by Mourinho that he won’t play a single more minute for the club until he modifies his attitude.For Alan Shearer, buying the Chilean forward from Arsenal was the single biggest mistake that the Red Devils could’ve made and he agrees with us that he may be one of the club’s biggest flops in recent history.“And where was Alexis Sanchez? This is a player they fought tooth and nail to sign ahead of their big rivals, pipping Pep to his signature. Yet he sums up everything wrong with United. He was not even on the bench after a series of poor displays.”“He has got nowhere near the levels we saw at Arsenal since the move and you have to ask why. City’s decision to step away from that deal is looking better and better.”“A manager of Mourinho’s stature and an incredible CV does not deserve this. Yet is he blameless? What on earth was he doing tactically in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham?” wrote Shearer in his explosive column for The Sun last Monday.And then, this Tuesday in the Champions League, Alan’s words made even more sense as the Red Devils weren’t even capable of getting past a goalless draw against Valencia.Alexis Sanchez regrets joining Manchester United from Arsenal in January after turning down the chance to join eventual champions Manchester City. [Mirror] pic.twitter.com/gqBt0NB12y— City Watch (@City_Watch) October 1, 2018Who do you think should leave Manchester United, Jose Mourinho or the players who are not performing? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Washougal High to mark a century of schooling

first_imgOrganizers of a Washougal High School 100th anniversary party are looking for more student and staff memories. Contribute yours online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BGNGB69 by Friday.The end of this school year marks a major milestone for Washougal High School: the 100th anniversary of the school’s first commencement.Washougal’s class of 1914 had just four students, and only three graduated from the school the following year. But they were the first of many to come as the school endured a drastic transformation over the following decades.A century later, Washougal High School remains relatively small, with a student population of about 900. Administrators expect about 180 of them to earn their diplomas in June.But the high school is in a completely different location, as 101-year-old Vernon Campen can tell you. The only surviving member of the class of 1931, Campen is the school’s oldest living alumnus, and he’s spent most of his life in Washougal, watching the place grow and change.In his school days, Washougal High School was located in a small brick building on the corner of Main and 24th streets downtown. It had no gym or cafeteria, and it eventually became the New Horizons Church after the new, larger campus on 39th Street was established in the late 1950s.last_img read more

Main accused in PP Rathish murder case dies in custody

first_imgRathish Chandra Bhoumik. File photo Prothom AloThe main accused in the murder case of special public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhoumik died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital in police custody early Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased is Kamrul Islam.Ratna Roy, senior jail superintendent of Rangpur central jail, said Kamrul had been suffering from depression.”He tried to commit suicide by hanging himself with his bedsheet around 5:00am and got injured critically,” Roy said.He was later taken to the hospital where physicians declared him dead, the jail official said.Rathish, a public prosecutor at the special judge’s court in Rangpur, was killed over alleged extramarital affairs between his wife Snigdha Sarkar Dipa and Kamrul on 29 March this year.last_img read more

The National Aquarium–Shark Week Celebration

first_imgShark Week 2016 is returning for its 29th season and the National Aquarium is celebrating with several shark-themed events and activities. Throughout the week of June 26, the Aquarium will host a variety of events and activities for guests and shark enthusiasts to enjoy including behind the scenes tours of the sharks and special discussions about sharks. For more information visit aqua.org.last_img

Ask an Expat 5 questions about how Obamacare applies to US expats

first_imgBack in November, I answered questions for The Tico Times about what U.S. expats needed to know about Obamacare. I explained that although certain caveats apply, many U.S. citizens living overseas will not be subject to the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate. (For a a recap on why, seemy previous story on “the physical presence test.”)Much has changed in the world of Obamacare over the past few months since my last post on the subject. The broken website was repaired, the low enrollment numbers turned around (7.1 million people signed up, according to the White house), and open enrollment closed at the end of March. With Tax Day fast approaching, today we take a closer look at how the Affordable Care Act will affect specific expat situations.Below are answers to the most common questions I’ve been receiving:I am living overseas, and I qualify for an individual mandate exemption. What do I need to do to claim the exemption?  Answer: Right now, you don’t need to do anything. The mandate is for the year 2014. It will be assessed or exempted on your 2014 tax return, which you won’t file until 2015.I am moving abroad in the middle of the year. Will the mandate apply to me?Answer: It depends on when you move. The individual mandate allows you to be without insurance or an exemption for up to three months in a year without paying a penalty. So, if you moved abroad in March you would not have to worry. If you moved later than that, you would need to have minimum insurance coverage for the months between March and when you moved. Claiming the exemption on your tax return for the months where you are abroad will be more difficult under this scenario, but should be possible with the help of a qualified tax preparer.I am moving back to the United States during the summer. Since the open-enrollment deadline was March 31, will I be able to get an Affordable Care Act plan?Answer: You can enroll in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces either during open enrollment or through a “special enrollment” period. Special enrollment is a mechanism by which Obamacare allows you to enroll if you have had a major life change. These life changes include losing health insurance because of a job loss, marriage and divorce, the birth of a child — and moving back to the U.S.Fortunately, moving back to the United States will qualify you for a 30-day special enrollment period. When you go back you will have 30 days from the date of your arrival to enroll in an Affordable Care Act compliant plan.I don’t qualify for an exemption. However, I do have insurance through a company located outside of the United States (or a foreign government). Will this satisfy the Affordable Care Act mandate?Answer: Probably not. The regulations surrounding Obamacare state that foreign insurance will not satisfy the coverage requirements. Foreign insurers can apply to the government to have their specific plans cleared as compliant, so some plans may satisfy the requirement. Contact your insurer to find out if your plan is compliant.I have an Obamacare compliant health insurance plan that I purchased through the marketplace. Will this plan cover me overseas?Answer: Doubtful. The law only requires for a plan that covers you in the United States. Nothing in the law prevents an insurer from offering a plan that provides international coverage — but most plans will not offer it. If you require international coverage due to travel, contact your insurer.Ross Lustman is an attorney and enrolled tax agent with U.S. Tax and Accounting, S.A. He lives in Costa Rica and offers tax services for expats. Reach him at ross@ustaxinternational.com.  Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama hails US Supreme Court health care ruling as win for ‘hard-working’ citizens 14 upcoming changes you should know about for Riteve auto inspections What’s open, closed for the holidays Why you can’t watch ‘The West Wing’ in Costa Ricalast_img read more

New law passed to empower travellers

first_imgPassengers affected by overbooking or those struggling to claim airfare refunds are just a few who are likely to benefit from the new Australian Consumer Law. Dubbed a “once-in-a-generation reform to consumer law”, the legislation is set to overhaul the travel industry, allowing travellers to fight back against any unfair airline or car hire practices. According to the Australian, the new law’s ‘fairness test’ will measure conditions imposed by companies and decide whether they are ‘fair’ to the consumer. “A term is unfair if there is an imbalance in the parties’ rights,” Choice strategic policy officer David Howarth said. “Consumers can challenge those terms but more importantly, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) can also take class actions.” Those found in breach of the fairness test will face the possibility of court action, with airlines and car rental companies likely to be the most affected, the newspaper reported. The new law is expected to empower travellers, who have long been complaining about certain policies that they believe are unfair but have been unable to push for change. “For individual consumers it’s always going to be a challenge to assert your rights,” Mr Howarth said.“One of [the] important changes under the new law is the ACCC’s ability to take action on behalf of a number of consumers and establishing changes.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more