An Indian in St. Louis has been charged with smuggling nearly 29 million cigarettes from Missouri to Illinois to profit from differences in their sales tax rates. Ghalib Shahjamaluddin, 43, is charged with paying an undercover investigator $4.3 million for moving 144,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes from Missouri — which has the nation’s lowest cigarette tax of just 17 cents a pack — to Chicago, where the tax is six times higher at 98 cents, thereby profiting from the tax differences. Related Items
The doping scandal that has rocked the Commonwealth Games today grew in proportion as a second Nigerian athlete flunked dope test for the same banned stimulant, barely a day after one of his compatriots was caught for the offence.Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell told the customary morning press conference that Nigerian 110m hurdler Samuel Okon tested positive for methylhexaneamine, the same substance found to have been contained in the urine sample of compatriot women’s 100m gold medallist Osayemi Oludamola.Okon finished sixth in the men’s 110m hurdles finals.Osayemi had also tested positive for methylhaxaneamine and her ‘B’ sample test result will be known tomorrow.”We have already done 1200 dope tests upto last night.But I regret to announce that we have had a second anti-doping violation.”Nigerian 110m hurdler Samuel Okon has been tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a prohibited stiumulant under category S6 of WADA list of prohibited substances and methods.He is provisionally suspended and we have notified him. He will attend a hearing later today,” Fennell said.He said the CGF has been informed that the athlete has waived his right to test his ‘B’ sample but will be confirmed only at the hearing.”We have been informed that he is waiving his right for ‘B’ sample testing. We are yet to confirm it by the athlete in person. We will come to know of it in the provisional hearing.The ‘B’ sample result may not be available for another 24 hours,” he said.Fennell, however, ruled out sending a doping team to test all Nigerian athletes, saying that it is beyond the jurisdiction of the CGF.advertisement”We are concerned of the dope cases. We had a discussion with the leadership of the Nigerian team. They took it extremely seriously. But the jurisdiction of CGF (on dope testing) is only during the Games. After that it is the responsibility of the respective federation of the country and international federation. They are doing their very own investigation,” said Fennell.However, on-field heroics were once again pushed to the background with the unearthing of the second dope case.”We have had a second anti doping violation. Nigeria’s Samuel Okon, a 110m hurdler, has tested positive for the same Methylhexaneamine substance,” said CGF president Mike Fennell at his customary morning press conference here.Yesterday the fastest woman of the Games Osayemi was declared to have taken the same banned stimulant and the decision on her B sample, which is being tested, is expected only tomorrow. Pending the result, she remained provisionally suspended by the CGF.”It’s (Methylhexaneamine) a stimulant and in accordance with our anti doping standard, we have notified the athlete.We will have a provisional hearing later today,” said Fennell about the second positive dope test.The CGF chief said Okon, who finished sixth in his event, might have waived his right to have the B sample tested in his case, but it can be confirmed only later at the hearing.In response to a query why the same substance is being found in the athletes’ system following a spate of similar cases involving Indian sportspersons in the run-up to the Games, Fennell said that it might have to do with dieterary supplements taken by the athletes.”You are correct, the same substance is coming up. I can’t speak very definitively. It appears it may be coming from the use of (diet) supplements. The supplement industry is an unregulated industry worldwide, worth USD 86 billion”, he said.”It’s a cause of great concern. WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) commissioned a survey on supplements, but I don’t have the details.”Supplements are widely advertised and a lot of these supplements do not show presence of these banned substances in their content lists. Many are misled into using these supplements. More attention needs to be paid from an educational point of view,” he said.
Vancouver has an amazing nightlife scene, with thriving nightclubs to laid back pubs and ultra-hip lounges, the city has plenty of options where night owls can get entertained until the wee hours. Whatever your music requirement is, you will find it all here, from live performances to local bands and international touring acts.The area around Davie Street in the West end is famous for its nightlife and has places which have an electrifying array of slots and games tables and entertainment options. Also, all over the city, there are captivating neighborhoods ready to offer night-time fun to those who plan to either sip a cocktail with friends, catch a live band playing or just want to dance the night away. Let’s take a look at the top 5 places in Vancouver to party. 1. Guilt & CoThis fantastic place is the perfect spot to party in Vancouver with a dark and intimate basement. Guilt & Co offers patrons a mind blowing live music scene and is perfect for catching up with old friends or making new. Whiskey lovers should definitely try their Holy Smoke cocktail which is made by combining Black Tea, Bulleit Bourbon and Laphroaig whiskey . The taste is as interesting as it sounds. Also, the Cabaret nights are something to lookout for!Address – 1 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B2 2. Bar NoneThis bar is famous among the celebrities, and you never know when you can get a glimpse of your favorite star and a chance to get clicked with them! The music is mostly from the 40’s, hip-hop, dance and house music ; it’s advisable to get your table booked before showing up as the place is always full. Popular bands are scheduled now and then with ladies’ night and karaoke nights as their specialty.advertisementAddress- 1222 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC 3. The DiamondWith red-brick industrial walls and a scintillating chandelier at the center of the room, this night club has a mind-altering setting, which makes the atmosphere fancy and dark. It has a relaxed setting where one can sit and sip their favorite cocktail and enjoy watching the crowd grooving to the tunes of popular music. It also houses a “Happy Hour Bar” with all your favorite drinks from Barrel Aged Bourbon to 50-year-old scotch. Share a drink with your friends here while enjoying some of the best music the city has on offer!Address – 6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E7 4. Caprice Nightclub and Lounge This place was formerly a movie theatre and now a full-fledged multi-level entertainment venue that is jam packed all the time, and if you don’t have a reservation it’s impossible to get in. The main level houses a huge dance floor (a treat for those who are here to dance the night away!), a VIP area, an elevated DJ booth and a backlit bar. This nightclub is a hotspot every weekend which plays fantastic high-volume music, has a bar with all kinds of drinks available and an amazing fireplace setting to make the party much more amazing. The premium hospitality would surely make you come back! Address – 967 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC 5. Shark Club Located inside the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, the club has a relaxed setting, provides a tranquil feeling to the guests and has big TV screens (with multiple satellite feeds) with some or the other game always going on. Taste the amazing grilled food and make friends while watching your favorite sport. Offering an exceptional sports bar experience, Shark Club is always high on energy, making it one of the best places in the city to catch up with friends or party like a local.Address- 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BCFind the best place to party in Yaletown on Mainland and Hamilton, in Gastown, and on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. Do book your travel plans well in advance, if you want to save with Cheap Flights. Also, to make your visit to Vancouver worth remembering and hassle-free, make sure you book your vacation through any of the popular travel websites like Yatra and more! Grab the best available deals and make the most of your trip to this popular Canadian city.Happy Partying!
New Delhi, Jun 12 (PTI) Tata Steel today said it has bagged Jamshedpur franchise of Indian Super League (ISL) and will be part of ISL from the next season.Tata Steel will announce the names of members of the Jamshedpur team along with the squad and coaching staff in due course, the company said in a statement. The team logo and jersey will also be unveiled soon,it added. According to the statement, ISL organisers and Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) had invited bids for 10 cities in India, namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram.Jamshedpur was awarded to Tata/Tata Steel and it will participate in ISL, the statement said.Noting that the Tata group has a long association with sports, especially football, with the efficacious Tata Football Academy (TFA) in Jamshedpur, the statement said the TFA has been grooming exceptional players who have brought glory to the nation for the last 30 years. PTI BKS MKJ
While there still may be some time left for the launch of the Samsung’s upcoming flagship Galaxy Note 8, the rumours and leaks around it just won’t stop pouring in. The device has been subjected to numerous leaks in recent past days and a fresh leaked render has once again surfaced online.According to the images leaked by Slashleaks, the alleged Galaxy Note 8 is seen without any bezels on side and instead sports an S8-like infinity display. Previous rumours suggest that the upcoming Note 8 may feature a 6.3-inch display screen with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Further, the phone in the leaked image is seen flaunting thin bezels at the top and bottom. Also there are no slits for the earpiece grille in the image. As rumoured in the past also, the physical home button is seen missing in the picture.The leaked render also shows off a power button on the right edge while the left edge holds two buttons- one could be the volume rocker while the other possibly could be the Bixby button.There are rumours that the South Korean tech giant may announce the smartphone sometime around September. Here are some of the other important features of the Galaxy Note 8 that have been leaked or rumoured so far.4K infinity display: Note 8 is purported to come with a 6.3 inch 4K display curved on two sides and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. This means that the resolution may be somewhere close to 2160p. The 4K display was recently seen in Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumour roundup: Dual camera, curved 4K display and no physical home buttonDual camera: If rumours are to be believed then the Note 8 may come with dual cameras on the rear making it the first Samsung device to come with dual cameras. The phablet is expected to come with 12MP wide-angle CIS dual camera and a 13MP telephoto CIS. There are also talks that the device could come with 3X optical zoom, dual 6P lenses and a 5-axis optical image stabilization.Optical Fingerprint scanner: A feature that is also rumoured to come with iPhone 8, optical fingerprint scanner allows for the sensor to be placed beneath the glass or display and yet detect the fingerprint. There are rumours that the Galaxy Note 8 could come with front-mounted optical fingerprint scanner.Android 7.1.1. and Android O: Since the Note 8 is rumoured to debut in September, it is obvious that the device would run Android 7.1.1. and Android O. This means that the phablet could run the same OS as seen in Galaxy S8 and S8+.Not much is known about the inner hardware but rumours are that the phone could come with Exynos 8895 for Asian markets and Snapdragon 835 for the US. Also, you can expect 6GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage in the device.
Mexico Lozano suspended three matches after PSV red card Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 02:36 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Proshots Mexico Feyenoord v PSV PSV Feyenoord Eredivisie The Mexico national team winger’s suspension following a red card against Heerenveen was upheld Friday Mexico winger Hirving Lozano will miss PSV’s next three matches after his suspension was upheld, the KNVB announced Friday.Lozano was sent off in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Heerenveen for making contact with defender Lucas Woudenberg’s face. With the disciplinary committee taking Lozono’s earlier red card this season, which also came against Heenrenveen, into account, it upheld the sanction.That means Lozano will miss the next three matches across all competitions for PSV, putting him out for league contests against Feyenoord, Utrecht and Willem II. There is a fourth match included in the ban, but it is conditional, putting him on a one-year probation period. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lozano leads the Eredivisie in scoring with 13 goals since moving to Europe from Pachuca this past summer. PSV manager Phillip Cocu said he found the suspension harsh but had to deal with the situation and focus on the matches to stay atop the table.”We are not looking for excuses,” Cocu said Friday in a news conference. “I think you come across a situation like this every once in a while and we have to cope with it. Another player will now get a chance to shine.”Lozano’s hot start and continued success reportedly has drawn the attention of larger teams, with the 22-year-old linked to the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham. Lozano has said his goal is to play alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but even if that dream can’t come true it’s likely he will move on after just one season in the Netherlands.As Lozano’s influence has grown with PSV, he’s also become more critical for the Mexico. El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio, currently in Europe to observe players and study other coaches’ methods, will note that “Chucky” will now have just one match before March’s friendly matches against Iceland and Croatia.
Next Romita Datta Kaushik Deka Uday Mahurkar Kolkata February 8, 2019 ISSUE DATE: February 18, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 12:44 IST Mamata Banerjee with Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as she ends her 48-hour dharna. (Photo: Arijit Sen/Getty Images)A podium sporting the tricolours of the Indian flag and a blue Save India’ hoarding sprang up at the corner of a busy thoroughfare along Kolkata’s Esplanade. Sitting in the middle of a saffron-white-green shamiana was Mamata Banerjee in her trademark white and blue bordered saree. The colour coordination wasA podium sporting the tricolours of the Indian flag and a blue Save India’ hoarding sprang up at the corner of a busy thoroughfare along Kolkata’s Esplanade. Sitting in the middle of a saffron-white-green shamiana was Mamata Banerjee in her trademark white and blue bordered saree. The colour coordination was a conscious move, and on the lines of the Mahatma’s satyagraha, the West Bengal chief minister had donned the role of a crusader. On behalf of Ma, Maati and Manush (mother, motherland and people), she was protesting against the alleged assault on democracy, the Constitution, state institutions and the federal structure of India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.With less than 100 or so days left for the Lok Sabha election, the battle lines have been drawn it will be Modi-led NDA versus a coalition of once unimaginable allies such as the SP and BSP. And with her 48-hour-long dharna, Mamata sent out a clear message she’s ready to lead the anti-Modi alliance.This grandstanding by the West Bengal CM was provoked by a team of CBI officials who arrived at the residence of the Kolkata Police Commissioner, Rajeev Kumar, on the night of February 3 to interrogate him in connection with the Rs 12,000 crore Saradha chit fund scam. The CBI alleged that Kumar had not been cooperating with it in the probe and had tampered with evidence. Mamata was not short of options to shield her police commissioner, but the shrewd politician in her sensed the bigger political opportunity that the crisis offered. She has remained silent earlier, in the face of the arrests of several top leaders of her party, the Trinamool Congress, but when the CBI targeted one of her most trusted police officers, she launched an unprecedented counter-attack with a political message.advertisementWho Won The Face-Off? Technically, it’s a victory for the CBI, backed by the Narendra Modi government. The central probe agency wanted to question Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar for his alleged role in the disappearance of certain papers and electronic evidence related to the Saradha scam.The CBI visited the residence of Kumar, Mamata’s most trusted officer, to interrogate him, but were stopped at the gate. The central government wanted to unnerve the West Bengal chief minister. Her unprecedented mode of counter-attack derailed the BJP’s plan.By sitting in a dharna against the Modi government and roping in support from fence-sitters opposition parties, including such as Naveen Patnaik, Mamata has positioned herself as the leading force among the rivals of the BJP, withthe ability to take Modi and Amit Shah head on.The BJP, however, feels that the latest fiasco has given the party an opportunity to spin the 2019 contest as honest Modi versus a corrupt coalition of opposition parties.With no strong leader in the state to take on Mamata, it will be challenging for the BJP to win 10 seats in West Bengal, as planned by Shah. In the 2016 assembly poll, the BJP’s vote share had dipped to 10 per cent from 17 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha election.Following her street-fighting instincts, Mamata ignored protocol, drove to the commissioner’s home, got her police officials to detain the CBI officials who came knocking at Kumar’s door and that very day, with Kumar in tow, staged a dharna. Mamata effectively converted what had remained a protracted game of legal hide and seek between the CBI and the Kolkata police into a battle between an autocratic Centre and the victimised state of West Bengal.To target Modi, Mamata chose an issue that will find immediate support among all opposition parties. Even Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati, her close competitors and fellow aspirants for the prime minister’s chair, extended solidarity and promised to fight shoulder to shoulder with her. RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav and DMK’s Kanimozhi visited her at the dharna mancha. The Shiv Sena in its party mouthpiece Saamana too, said that the CBI raid was orchestrated by the BJP to win 10 to 15 seats and seemingly lauded Mamata for hitting back at the Centre with equal force.Even BJD chief and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, who had shown no interest in the opposition mahagathbandhan, seemed to voice his discomfort at the CBI’s action, remarking that the institutional integrity of the CBI has to be restored. However, a careful press statement from the BJD later said that grouping the BJD with some political parties because of this statement is incorrect. Mamata finally declared a moral victory’ and called off the dharna on February 5, after the Supreme Court directed that the CBI could not arrest Kumar, although the officer was instructed to present himself in neutral’ Shillong for questioning by the investigative agency. By then she had achieved her goal of showcasing herself as a leader who can take on the might of Modi-Shah and rally the support of political parties across the opposition spectrum.advertisementI will ask all political parties to work together to oust the BJP, she said, adding that Modi had planned a constitutional coup against her because she had organised the United India Rally on January 19, when several opposition parties shared the dais with her in Kolkata. On February 5, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was standing next to her.Mamata Banerjee has deftly defined the CBI stand-off as a moment of crisis in Centre-state relations and used it to find common cause with other regional leaders, says Louise Tillin, a political scientist at the King’s India Institute, London. In declaring their support for Banerjee, this loose alliance has demonstrated that it can unite around flashpoints of Centre-state tension. Whether they can develop this defence of federalism into a coherent platform that could challenge the nationalising politics of the BJP will be tested during the coming elections.West Bengal is now the epicentre of the saffron party’s mission to establish itself in the east all the more urgently since its drubbing in the assembly polls in three Hindi heartland states in December. In Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP won 71 out of 80 seats in 2014, the party faces a stiff challenge from the SP-BSP combine. That’s why Bengal has become a crucial battleground for the BJP in the Lok Sabha election. It won 2 seats and 17 per cent vote share in the 2014 polls, but in 2016, its vote share went down to 10 per cent, primarily because the Left and the Congress fought together.While the BJP hopes to win at least 10 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, Mamata is not ready to cede an inch. Be it on the issue of demonetisation, the Goods and Services Tax or the proposed Save Democracy Ratha Yatra, Mamata wouldn’t give the BJP a free run in the state. She’s been at her combative best, denying BJP leaders permission to land on government helipads and obstructing their political rallies. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath was prevented from holding rallies in South Dinajpur, North Dinajpur and Bankura before he finally made it by landing in Jharkhand and travelling 28 km by road to Purulia. Mamata, however, insists she has done nothing out of the ordinary. Modi came here, Rajnath Singh did six rallies and even he (Shah) came here with swine flu, she declaimed. (Photo: Subir Halder)The BJP leadership, for its part, has not been unnerved by Mamata’s dharna dramatics. Rather, they sense an opportunity to project their 2019 campaign as a battle between an honest Modi’ and a corrupt coalition’. This even gives Modi an opportunity to play his well-rehearsed victim card by recounting the details of the alleged political witch-hunt he and Shah were subjected to by the then UPA government between 2008 and 2014 in various cases. We have always respected the Constitution and the system while being in power. Didi, what is there to be scared of if you did nothing wrong? Even I was interrogated by the CBI for nine hours as the Gujarat chief minister, but I underwent the ordeal. Why does didi think she is above the law? the PM asked with a rhetorical flourish.advertisementAccording to the BJP’s national media coordinator Amit Malaviya, Mamata has done more damage to the so-called opposition alliance than to the BJP. By supporting Mamata, the opposition has walked into a trap. The Congress has no face left as it had criticised Mamata in the same scam earlier. Clearly, it is a battle between a clean Modi and a coalition, he says.Mamata was looking for an opportunity to hit back at the BJP since Shah held a political rally in Malda on January 22 and Modi in Durgapur on February 2. The top two leaders of the BJP were scathing in their attack on Mamata and alleged her involvement in the two big chit fund scamsSaradha and Rose Valley. The two Ponzi companies collapsed in 2013 and are being probed by the CBI. The probe has netted several political leaders from across parties, but mostly from the TMC.Big names arrested for their involvement in the scam include former TMC MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Srinjoy Bose and Kunal Ghosh; Madan Mitra, former ministerial colleagues of Mamata Banerjee; and Rajat Majumdar, former DGP of West Bengal. The CBI has filed a charge sheet against Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former Union minister P. Chidambaram. The probe agency also interrogated Mukul Roy, who switched from the TMC to the BJP in 2016 and Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who moved from the Congress to the BJP in 2015.On January 24, the CBI arrested film producer Shrikant Mohta, who is known for his proximity to Mamata, in connection with the Rose Valley scam. The probe agency alleged that Mohta had taken Rs 25 crore from Gautam Kundu, the head of Rose Valley, who is now in prison. Five of Mamata’s paintings were also found in his possession. Shah, in his rallies, suggested Mamata’s direct involvement in chit fund scams.There is a buzz that the final charge sheet of Saradha, likely to nail some prominent politicians, would be out before the Lok Sabha election. In the Narada scandal, a sting operation that caught several TMC leaders seeking cash in return for favours nine TMC MPs and five ministers are facing accusations of taking bribes.It is, therefore, not surprising that in November 2018, the West Bengal government withdrew general consent to the CBI to conduct raids and investigations, as the state lost faith in central agencies due to their misuse by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The agency officials claimed that it had sent multiple notices to Kumar, but he did not respond to these notices, forcing them to take the extreme step. In 2015 and 2017, the CBI had petitioned the Supreme Court, accusing the state police of not cooperating with the agency. The CBI also sought the state government’s permission on August 2018 to make three IPS officers, including Kumar, available in order to fast-track the probe. Two of these officers had a stay order till February 13 from the high court, but not Kumar.The CBI is a national agency with police powers. Its primary jurisdiction is confined to Delhi and the Union territories. The CBI draws its power from the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act. The home ministry, through a resolution, set up the agency in April 1963 to probe corruption cases. Under Section 5 of the Act, the Centre can extend its powers and jurisdiction to the states for investigation of specified offences. However, this power is restricted by Section 6, which says that the CBI’s powers and jurisdiction cannot be extended to any state without the consent of the government of that state. There are several instances of state governments withdrawing their consent. In Sikkim, for instance, the state withdrew its consent after the CBI registered a case against the then chief minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari. However, in 2010, the Supreme Court maintained that high courts could direct the CBI to probe cases without the consent of state governments. Interestingly, the root of this verdict can be traced back to Mamata’s TMC. The Supreme Court was responding to an appeal by the then CPI(M)-led West Bengal government, which had taken exception to a Calcutta High Court order for a CBI probe into firing incidents in Midnapore in 2001, when several TMC workers were killed.In May 2014, the SC handed over the multi-crore Saradha scam probe to the CBI, saying that the state police had not been able to make any headway on the conspiracy angle, money trail and the seizure of the properties related to the scam. According to the CBI, the evidence collected by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was formed by the state in April 2013 to probe the Saradha chit fund scam, and headed by Kumar, includes a laptop, five cellphones and documents, including a diary purportedly of Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen. Kumar, however, did not hand these over to the CBI.The TMC claimed that while the CBI has been selectively targeting its leaders, it went mum on Roy and Sarma after they joined the BJP. On February 5, Mamata even claimed that she had enough evidence against Sarma and dared Modi and Shah to get him arrested. Sarma refuted the allegation saying that he had joined the probe as a witness and the CBI had already examined him. I joined the investigation much before I joined the BJP, he says.While Mamata has gained what she wanted, Kumar now stares at more trouble. The home ministry has asked the state government to start disciplinary proceedings against the officer for indisciplined behaviour and violation of All India Services Conduct Rules. The ministry has clearly stated that Kumar sitting with some police officers at the chief minister’s dharna amounted to contravention of the AIS Rules, 1969. Is there a skeleton in the CP’s cupboard that the chief minister wants to hide? asks state BJP president Dilip Ghosh. For now, Kumar is said to have written to the CBI that he would depose before the agency. Mamata has also lightheartedly promised to treat the CBI officers well, feed them with Bengali delicacies, roshogolla and mishti doi, lest anybody think she had anything against the agency. The smart politician knows that every battle cannot be fought on the streets especially when the highest court of the country gets involved.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKoustav Das Tags :Follow Mamata vs CBI Mamata Banerjee vs BJP: Return of the street fighterA master of dharna politics, Mamata turned the CBI-Kolkata police showdown into an opportunity to project herself as the leader of an anti-Modi allianceadvertisement
Come Monday, March 25, the Mandeville outpost of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), will begin to operate from more spacious and comfortable offices.The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and PICA, on Thursday, March 21, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will see the RGD facilitating some of PICA’s services at its regional office in Mandeville. Chief Executive Officer of PICA, Jennifer McDonald and Chief Executive Officer of the RGD, Deirdre English-Gosse, affixed their signatures to the document at a ceremony held at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) headquarters on Half-Way-Tree Road.The new office, which will observe the RGD’s opening and closing hours, will offer full passport service, including the submission of applications and collection of completed passports. It will also provide minimal immigration service, namely the registration of aliens.“We intend to start on Monday as a soft start and to offer fulsome service on April 2,” Mrs. McDonald said.She told JIS News that PICA saw it necessary to expand its service in Manchester as 40 per cent of the applications received were from that parish.“Outside of our Montego Bay office and outside of the other areas that we collaborate with, such as the tax authorities, Mandeville is our largest serving community, and so we thought that we would step up on the services that are offered there,” she stated.According to the CEO, the Mandeville office will help to reduce the crowd at the office in Kingston.Currently, PICA provides passport services at the Portmore and May Pen tax offices under similar agreements. Prior to these arrangements, applications for passports were only accepted at PICA’s head office in Kingston and at the agency’s branch office in Montego Bay.“We want to explore other areas….any parish that is not served by us as yet,” Miss McDonald stated.She used the opportunity to thank the personnel at the Mandeville Police Station from which PICA had been operating, noting that “they have provided valuable support to us over the years.”In her remarks, Mrs. English-Gosse said that when the idea was put forward by PICA to offer passport and immigration services from the RDG’s Mandeville location, she thought it was a good opportunity, not only for cost savings, but also for the provision of join-up service. She noted that the agreement with PICA will provide a “one-stop shop” experience for customers.“You apply for the birth certificates and once you get it, you just go over and apply for the Jamaican passport. So I think it is quite an opportunity that we are collaborating this way to provide this join-up service,” she said. Persons wishing to contact the PICA Mandeville office can call 625-1719-21, or fax 625-1722.By E. Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporter
Rabat – The European Union has welcomed the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2468 on Western Sahara, saying it is “satisfied” with the content and purpose of the resolution.On Tuesday, 13 members—including four permanent—of the UNSC adopted Resolution 2468 on the mission and significance of MINURSO, the UN peacekeeping body in the disputed territories in Western Sahara.The resolution extended MINURSO’s mandate by six more months, meaning the body is given green light to operate until October 31. The text of the resolution also highlights the mission’s importance for the success of the ongoing political process to broker a settlement in Western Sahara. MINURSO is primarily tasked with monitoring the current status quo while UN diplomats work on the confidence building and compromises needed to bring the conflicting parties to the negotiating table.Reprising the language in Resolution 2468, an EU spokesperson said on Thursday that the extension of the MINURSO mandate is a good development in the Western Sahara dossier.“MINURSO plays an important role by maintaining stability on the ground to accompany the UN-led political process,” the spokesperson noted.She added that Brussels supports the efforts that the UN’s Western Sahara envoy Horst Kohler is making to gradually establish a ground of negotiations and compromise between the parties involved in the conflict.According to the spokesperson, Brussels especially welcomes the resolution’s insistence on a “political, mutually acceptable, and compromise-based settlement consistent with the principles of the UN Charter.”The EU’s message comes as an additional—though diplomatically articulated— supportive nod to Morocco’s Western Sahara autonomy plan.In the immediate aftermath of the adoption of Resolution 2468, many other countries—including France and the US—acknowledged Morocco’s “credible and serious efforts” in finding a lasting settlement to the Western Sahara conflict.Of the 15 members of the UNSC, only South Africa, a non-permanent member, a self-appointed defender of “Sahrawi nationalism,” and a stout Polisario supporter, took issue with the resolution.“This is again an example of an African issue being decided by those that are not from the continent,” said Jerry Matjila, South Africa’s ambassador at the UN. Matjila described the resolution as “biased.”The EU is a strong Moroccan ally on several strategic issues, and Brussels has shown unwavering support for a number of Moroccan interests on multiple occasions in recent months. Most notably, Brussels recently decided to renew its fisheries and agriculture deals with Rabat, in spite of pro-Polisario circles’ pointed condemnations and calls for boycott.
The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation warned that all casual, assigned and contract workers of the Railway technical services who fail to report for duty would be considered as having vacated their posts. Railway technical services workers have been instructed to report for duty or lose their jobs.The Railway Technical Services Trade Union Committee launched a 48-hour token strike from 4.00pm today over three demands.
The United States military has said that China used predatory debt tactics on some countries, including Sri Lanka.General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Committee that Sri Lanka granted China a 99-year lease and 70 per cent stake in its deep-water port. “Let us look at just a few examples. Saddled with predatory Chinese loans, Sri Lanka granted China a 99-year lease and 70 per cent stake in its deep-water port,” the Press Trust of India quoted General Joseph Dunford as saying. The strategic Gwadar Port in Balochistan province is being built by China under the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and is considered to be a link between Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) and Maritime Silk Road projects.The Maldives owes China roughly $1.5 billion–about 30 per cent of its GDP – for construction costs, he said. He also said that Pakistan owes its “all weather friend” China at least $10 billion for the construction of the Gwadar port and other projects. “China is diligently building an international network of coercion through predatory economics to expand its sphere of influence,” he said, adding that nations around the globe are discovering the hard way that China’s economic “friendship” via OBOR can come at “a steep cost” when promises of investment go unfulfilled and international standards and safeguards are ignored.General Dunford warned that if China’s predatory debt tactics are left unaddressed, it will have serious implications on the US military.Alleging that China is extending its reach by increasing its overt military and coercive activities through its neighbours, Dunford said China’s increasingly provocative behaviour in the Indo-Pacific, particularly the South China Sea (SCS), should concern all. (Colombo Gazette)
Score: 4.0/10 Platform: Xbox One (reviewed), PlayStation 4, Windows PC Developer: Bethesda Game Studios Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Release Date: November 14, 2018 ESRB: M Fallout 76 is quickly becoming a cautionary tale in how not to make games.In an attempt to capitalize on the growing popularity of online and cooperative play, Bethesda Game Studios opted to make the latest entry in its long-running and very popular series of post-nuclear apocalypse games an online multiplayer experience. “Fallout with friends” is what people were calling it (including me). This sparked instant hatred among fans who love dedicated single-player games and saw the move to online play as a betrayal. These players were never going to enjoy Fallout 76, no matter how it turned out — an early warning sign that the game was headed for trouble.But the problem with Fallout 76 isn’t that there are other people in the world with you as you play. Servers limit the number of players in each instance of the game’s huge world — four times that of any previous Fallout — to just 16, and as a result I’ve rarely run across anyone else while playing. When I have stumbled upon someone else they’ve almost always behaved well, by which I mean we simply ignore each other (I’m just as uninterested in Fallout multiplayer as it seems most other players are). Worries that I would be relentlessly attacked by other players, or that they would relentlessly destroy any camps I built have proven for naught. The handful of times I have seen antagonizing players in my world — they’re handily marked on the map with a big red WANTED symbol, meaning that they’ve attacked another player — I’ve simply blocked them so they couldn’t see where I was.Granted, online play does introduce some issues not present in solo games, such as the inability to play without an Internet connection, to pause the action, or to do nifty things like slow down time during combat. These are bummers, sure, but not deal breakers.The real problem with Fallout 76 — and one that will prove an absolute deal breaker for many — is that it is buggier at launch than any other game I’ve ever played.Fallout 76 is shaping up to be Fallout with friendsHe said, she said: Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!Hitman 2 review: When more of the same isn’t so badI’ve encountered missions that I couldn’t complete because of a key object being glitched. I’ve fallen through the world’s floor into empty space. I’ve had the game freeze and kick me out countless times. I’ve seen all location and objective markers disappear from my map, making it impossible to do anything. The brown bag containing all of my loot where I last died has been rendered invisible, impossible to collect even when I’m right on top of it. Holotapes often won’t play when I pick them up. Recently repaired weapons sometimes become broken again for no reason. My action point meter sometimes remains full even when I’m running or encumbered (at least this last one is a help rather than a hindrance).I could keep going, but you probably get the picture. Fallout 76 feels like a game months or more away from being ready to launch to the public. It’s not even properly optimized for performance. Hiccups where enemies freeze and then jump a few metres closer or to the left or right are commonplace — this despite looking like a five-year-old game not even close to being on the same graphical level as open-world contemporaries such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.All of this said, it does feel like Fallout. Don’t let the game’s more hyperbolic detractors convince you otherwise. It’s not like Bethesda’s other online experiment, The Elder Scrolls Online, which feels almost nothing like the single-player Elder Scrolls games. Everything from collecting resources and crafting gear to using and upgrading power armour to jamming around on your Pip-Boy — the series’ iconic wrist-mounted computer — will be instantly recognizable to returning players. Even movement and combat feel pretty much the same as in past games.What’s more, the artists have maintained the franchise’s always appealing retro-futuristic visual style. And most locations are loaded with discoverable lore that provides further insights into the series’ fascinating alternate history world, in which just a few key collective cultural decisions in the 20th century sent America down a different path than the one we know today. Expect familiar plot threads exploring massive corporate corruption, exploited workers and consumers, and a blind faith in the promise of technology even greater than that which we feel today. Finding and following these stories — presented primarily through computer logs, handwritten notes, and audio recordings — is one of the highlights of the game.But even this typically robust part of the Fallout experience isn’t as strong as it has been in the past, likely due to Bethesda choosing not to include any human non-player characters in the world. This was done so that if you see another human in the world, you’ll know it’s being controlled by a player. But the upshot is that there are none of the towns, lone survivors, or enclaves that add so much flavour to other Fallout games. It makes for a big, empty, lonely, and almost uniformly hostile world in which virtually everything you run across — supermutants, ghouls, robots, crazed semi-humans known as the scorched — is trying to kill you.If you’re wondering why there are no humans in West Virginia — an area of the United States spared a direct atomic blast, according to Fallout history — that’s explained as the story progresses. We run across plenty of places where humans lived after the war, and some seemingly emptied of survivors not all that long ago. Finding out what happened to them is a primary part of the tale that unravels as you progress. The forensic investigation is interesting at times, but it’s not as fascinating as the living human-driven stories of other games in the series.More’s the shame, given this game’s promising milieu. It takes place just 25 years after the war, making it the earliest entry in the Fallout chronology. Plus, the bunker from which players emerge is the famed Vault 76, long known to be the only one of Vault-Tec’s scores of bunkers designed to function as a legitimate nuclear shelter meant to preserve humanity without any hidden psychological experiments performed on its population. There was an opportunity here to grow the Fallout fiction in powerful new ways, but Bethesda’s self-imposed narrative constraints result in too many stalls and false starts.There is something about Fallout 76 that is keeping me coming back, albeit not nearly as enthusiastically as I’d have hoped. The fresh lore is definitely part of it — like many, I harbour a dark fascination with Fallout’s dystopian universe, and I’m always keen to eat up more of it — but I also enjoy the franchise’s simpler pleasures, such as discovering whatever might be over the next ridge, scrounging for supplies, and crafting new gear and mods. I just like surviving in the wasteland.I can’t recommend Fallout 76 to more than a handful of people. A niche few will still be drawn to it, perhaps out of curiosity, a completionist’s need to devour all things Fallout, or, like me, a morbid desire to simulate life after the end of the world. For everyone else, hold onto the hope that Bethesda learns a lesson from this failed experiment.
Activist investor Sandell pushes for changes at TransCanada Corp. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 17, 2014 12:03 pm MDT CALGARY – An activist investor is urging pipeline and power giant TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) to make big changes to its corporate structure in order to boost its share price.In a letter released Monday, Sandell Asset Management Corp. said the Calgary-based company hasn’t made the most of its master limited partnership, TC Pipelines LP — a publicly traded vehicle with tax benefits into which TransCanada has been transferring some of its U.S. assets.It also wants TransCanada — the company behind the contentious Keystone XL pipeline proposal — to spin off its power business and do a better job communicating its cash flow metrics in its financial reporting.Sandell believes if TransCanada follows its recommendations its share price can reach $75. The stock was at around $57 in Monday afternoon trading, up about two per cent from Friday’s close.“Despite our enthusiasm for TRP and its prospects, we are disappointed that the company has been slow to evolve,” CEO Thomas Sandell wrote in his letter to TransCanada’s board of directors.Sandell said the company’s peers — including Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB), Spectra Energy Corp., Oneok Inc. and Williams Companies — have “unlocked substantial value” from their master limited partnerships, whereas TransCanada has shown a “surprising indifference” toward its own.Sandell also believes it’s not necessary for TransCanada’s massive North American oil and gas pipeline business to be under the same corporate umbrella as its power business, which includes renewable and natural gas-fired power generation and an interest in the Bruce Power nuclear plant in Ontario.“In a separation, we believe the energy business will be able to attract world class management to manage upcoming opportunities and challenges and attract dedicated shareholders and sell-side analysts who can best analyze the underlying drivers of the business,” Sandell wrote.“Furthermore, as a stand-alone entity, TRP’s stable pipeline business will be insulated from energy’s more volatile cash flows and exposure to uncertainties in the Alberta power market, yielding a higher, more industry-comparable multiple for the pipeline business.”Sandell also said TransCanada should emphasize its measures of cash flow, rather than earnings per share, in order to highlight for investors the company’s “ample tax assets, low maintenance capital requirements and capacity for dividend payment.”Sandell, which has offices in New York and London, released its letter and accompanying “white paper” two days ahead of TransCanada’s investor day in Toronto.In a release, TransCanada said it received a “flawed analysis” from Sandell a few months ago that was very similar to the one published on Monday.“After careful review, and ongoing discussions with our other shareholders, TransCanada firmly believes that our current strategy best positions us to deliver long-term value to investors,” the company said.“TransCanada has established itself as a leading energy infrastructure company in North America with a blue-chip portfolio of assets that has consistently delivered attractive and sustainable growth in earnings, cash flow and dividends. Importantly, the company has delivered a 15 per cent annualized total shareholder return since 2000.”According to a quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Sandell held 713,508 shares in TransCanada at Sept. 30. The investment was worth about $40.8 million based on TransCanada’s share price Monday.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A local human rights organization in the city, which is located near the border with Texas, in the United States, estimates there have been at least 40 disappearances from February of this year through to mid-May.Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights Office in Mexico has documented the disappearance of 21 men and two women during the same period. “Many of these people are reported to have been arbitrarily detained and disappeared while going about their daily lives. It is particularly horrific that at least five of the victims are minors, with three of them as young as 14,” said UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a press statement issued on Wednesday.“These crimes, perpetrated over four months in a single municipality, are outrageous.”His Office in Mexico has received testimony stating that the incidents were perpetrated by federal security officials, often late at night or around dawn.Uniformed personnel reportedly detained people as they walked or drove along public roads, according to the statement, while several burnt out and bullet-ridden vehicles have been found by the roadside. Zeid noted that “despite ample information and evidence”, the Mexican authorities have made little progress in locating the disappeared people and investigating what happened to them. Some families have undertaken their own searches, discovering the bodies of at least six victims.Several witnesses have been subjected to threats, and one was “disappeared” for two days before being released, the statement continued.Zeid further stated that it was “extremely worrying” that the incidents are taking place just months after Mexico adopted a new General Law on Disappearances.“What has been happening in Nuevo Laredo is a litmus test of whether this new law actually represents the change its adoption promises, or whether enforced disappearances, followed by impunity and a lack of reparation to the victims, will continue,” the UN rights chief said.
26 Comments Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 10,725 Views Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 6:01 AM There appears to be some doubt as to whether the organs of the state are abiding by court orders. The Department of Homeland Security issued an ambiguous statement which claimed to be abiding by President Trump’s order while also abiding by court orders. Image: Victoria Jones/PA Images US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s bold changes are already having a negative effect on immigrants – but they’re also prompting a positive response, this time, in the form of Irish lawyers offering free advice to those affected by the ban.Over the weekend, Trump signed an executive order to stop people from seven countries from entering the US (even if they have visas), and yesterday, he fired Attorney General Sally Yates from her position after raising questions about the ban.In the wake of the Executive Order banning citizens from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the US for three months, and citizens from Syria indefinitely, people outlined their outrage at what seemed to be an extreme and sudden action. Feb 1st 2017, 6:01 AM London demonstrations to the announcement of Trump’s travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly-Muslim countries. Image: Victoria Jones/PA Images When the Acting Attorney General failed to support the executive order on immigration due to legal concerns, she was not only dismissed but rebuked for “betraying” the Department of Justice.“I believe concerned lawyers have a duty to help out as best we can.”View the list, which will be updated regularly, here.Read: Here’s exactly what the Attorney General said before Donald Trump fired herRead: Angela Kerins loses her case for damages against the Public Accounts Committee If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the “bad” would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad “dudes” out there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017 London demonstrations to the announcement of Trump’s travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly-Muslim countries. These are the Irish lawyers offering free advice to people affected by Trump’s travel ban “I believe concerned lawyers have a duty to help out as best we can,” one legal expert told TheJournal.ie. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Canada offered to take in more refugees; Starbucks offered to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide, AirBnB offered to house immigrants for free, and Irish politicians voiced their opposition to the ban.For some Irish lawyers, voicing opposition to Trump’s travel ban wasn’t enough – they wanted to offer their help to those affected by Trump’s ban.And it is a confusing mess: those who are dual citizens of both America and one of the banned countries are allowed to return; but those who have an appointment with the American Embassy in Ireland for a US visa shouldn’t turn up for their appointment because they won’t be processed.There are multiple other scenarios that’s confusing for people who want to travel – so Irish lawyers are offering to counsel and advice on what they are entitled to and legally able to do. People demonstrate during a protest outside Downing Street in central London. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesProfessor Fiona de Londras is an Irish academic and chair in Global Legal Studies at Birmingham Law School. She compiled a list of Irish solicitors, barristers, legal experts and academics who are offering to help those affected by Trump’s travel ban.She explained the thinking behind the list to TheJournal.ie:We wanted to make sure there was an easy-to-find online resource for people who might be within the pre-clearance area in the airport, and in need of advice but who are unfamiliar with Irish law and lawyers.The list is not a group, but individual lawyers “who were happy to be listed as offering fee-free advice on the website”, as de Londras says.She said that the motivation to sign up will differ for each law expert.“For me, as an academic, what prompted me to ask for volunteers, together with preparing template letters for people to write to their TDs, was a concern with ensuring that Ireland would not facilitate what I consider to be the unlawful Executive Order being applied on Irish soil.” Army Captain Matthew Ball poses for a portrait in Stanford, California. Ball said his interpreter Qismat Amin, who has been living in hiding after getting threats from Taliban and Islamic state fighters, got his visa Sunday, after nearly four years of interviews. Ball bought him a $1,000 plane ticket to San Francisco and plans to meet him at the airport with an attorney. Source: Marcio Jose SanchezDr Darius Whelan is a lecturer of law at University College Cork, says that even as a ‘generalist’ he thought he could help by helping them find the right specialist. He’s also concerned that “the importance of truth and the rule of law are under threat in the USA”.“President Trump is making executive orders which are of questionable legal validity. Relevant members of his cabinet do not appear to have been consulted. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3215093
The European Union has come to the aid of hundreds of redundant Aldi workers, who have found themselves without a job as a result of the closure of Aldi supermarkets around Greece. The decision, made on Monday by Members of the European Parliament, was given the go ahead after an application was made by the government to help the 642 former Aldi employees. The total estimated cost of the package is 4.4m euros, of which 2.9m will come from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). The discount German supermarket will close all 38 stores in Greece, after only two years since opening its first outlet. The help comes from a commitment made by the Committee of Budgets of the European Parliament to support workers who have lost their jobs in Ireland, Austria and Greece. The EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Laszlo Andor said: “Greek workers are going through a difficult period and we must use all the tools we have at our disposal to provide assistance.” “The money we have proposed from the EGF would help workers made redundant by Aldi in Greece to find a new job easier and faster,” he said. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’invasion des souris amorcée grâce… aux VikingsSi les Vikings ont commencé leurs invasions au Xème siècle, ils n’étaient pas totalement seuls. Des souris aussi faisaient partie du voyage… Si les souris font aujourd’hui partie du paysage dans de nombreux pays, cela n’a pas toujours été le cas. Ainsi, une étude génétique tout juste révélée a permis de déterminer que les petits envahisseurs sont arrivés en Islande et au Groenland… en s’introduisant sur les bateaux vikings. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les scientifiques ont comparé l’ADN des souris actuelles avec des échantillons d’os d’anciennes souris découverts sur des sites archéologiques, explique The Independent. L’analyse a ainsi montré que la souris domestique est arrivée avec les Vikings, en provenance, soit de la Norvège, soit des îles britanniques situées au Nord. Les souris ont ensuite migré, avec les Vikings, vers le Groenland.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cependant, aucune trace de cette souris nordique n’a été retrouvée à Terre-Neuve bien que les Vikings aient bien atteint cette région du Canada. Le professeur Jeremy Searle, de l’Université de Cornell, qui a pris part à l’étude, précise : “l’absence d’ADN “ancestral” chez les souris actuelles est également une découverte majeure. Nous n’avons trouvé aucune trace de souris domestique datant de la période Viking à Terre Neuve. Si les souris sont pourtant bien arrivées à Terre Neuve, leur présence a été, à l’instar des Vikings, très brève et elles n’ont laissé aucune preuve génétique de leur passage”. Pour conduire leurs travaux, les chercheurs se sont concentrés sur le génome mitochondrial, contenu dans les cellules et uniquement transmis par les femelles. Ce dernier permet, en effet, de retracer le lignage maternel très loin dans le temps. Le docteur Eleanor Jones, de l’Université de York qui a mené la recherche indique ainsi : “l’histoire de l’implantation humaine sur le dernier millénaire, se reflète dans les séquences génétiques de l’ADN mitochondrial des souris. Nous pouvons ainsi faire correspondre les comportements de population humaine avec ceux des souris”, rapporte The Independent. Les descendants des premières souris-colons vivent elles toujours en Islande, où les échantillons d’ADN ont été collectés sur des os issus de neuf sites archéologiques.Le 24 mars 2012 à 09:59 • Maxime Lambert
In this edition of Clark Talks, Columbian reporters Katy Sword and Jake Thomas talk with Glen Morgan, a Thurston County conservative activist who has filed a prolific number of complaints, primarily targeting Democrats, with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.To his critics, he’s a civic gadfly splitting hairs over relatively harmless errors committed by campaign volunteers. But Morgan says that these errors aren’t so harmless and he’s trying to uphold the state’s campaign finance law.Later, Sword and Thomas talk with Columbian breaking news reporter Andy Matarrese about his upcoming Sunday story on the bail system and efforts to reform it.You can find the show on Soundcloud, or subscribe for free downloads on iTunes or Stitcher. Contact Sword and Thomas about the podcast at email@example.com.
Barcelona are ready to make a move for Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny when the transfer window reopens in January.The Catalan club will reportedly consider signing the ex-France international as a short-term fix for their defensive problems.The Spanish champions are currently having to make do without Samuel Umtiti and Belgian stalwart Thomas Vermaelen at the back because of injury, leaving just Clement Lenglet to partner Gerard Pique.Rather than spending big on a new central defender, Ernesto Valverde’s side are understood to be after a cheaper alternative to fill in at centre-half if Umtiti struggles on his return from a long-term layoff.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Spanish outlet Marca, as reported by Sports Mole say that Koscielny, who is yet to feature for the Gunners since May 3 due to an Achilles injury, ticks the box for an experienced and cheap option in the January window.The Spanish giants are understood to be willing to offer the former FC Lorient defender an initial six-month deal, which will carry the option of an additional year come the end of the season.