Official Farrah Fawcett Website Launches

first_imgThe official website of the late Farrah Fawcett, a revered media icon who first captured the hearts of television audiences in the ’70’s as one of a trio of beauties in “Charlie’s Angels,” launched this week, according to Alana Stewart, President of The Farrah Fawcett Foundation.The announcement comes on the sixth anniversary of Fawcett’s death from anal cancer.Designed for her fans, new and old, the website features biographical material in addition to a host of photos, many never before seen, along with videos and remembrances by many of Fawcett’s closest friends. According to Stewart, the new site is a precursor to a Fall, 2015 launch of Farrah-related merchandise which will be available exclusively on the new site. Proceeds will benefit the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, dedicated to providing funding for cutting edge cancer research, support prevention and awareness and to help those struggling with cancer today.The Foundation hosts its first star-studded fundraiser, “A Tex-Mex Fiesta,” benefitting Stand Up 2 Cancer, September 9, 2015 at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. For additional information, visit Texas native, Fawcett was wooed to Hollywood while still a student at The University of Texas at Austin where she was voted one of the ten most beautiful girls on campus. A successful stint at modeling and in commercials eventually led to her being cast in “Charlie’s Angels.” The iconic poster of Fawcett clad in a red bathing suit was an instant hit, selling more than 20 million copies worldwide. Later, starring roles in television features including “The Burning Bed,” “Extremities,” “Small Sacrifices” and “Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story” not only sealed her reputation as an accomplished dramatic actress, but netted her multiple “Emmy” and “Golden Globe” nominations.last_img read more

Pristina Belgrade continue to narrow remaining differences says senior UN official

“During the reporting period, the pace of implementation of last year’s historic agreements was somewhat affected by the holding of early parliamentary elections in Serbia, and the preparations for the forthcoming early legislative elections in Kosovo,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, Farid Zarif, told the Security Council.Mr. Zarif, who was presenting Mr. Ban’s latest report to the 15-member body, heads the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), set up in 1999 to run Kosovo after North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid deadly fighting with the majority ethnic Albanian population there. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, but Serbia does not recognize the declaration.In April 2013, Pristina and Belgrade reached a European Union (EU)-facilitated Agreement of Principles Governing the Normalization of Relations, and Mr. Zarif welcomed a series of political developments since then, including in the last few months with Serbia’s successful 16 March elections and formation of a new Government on 27 April. The new elections for the Kosovo Assembly are set to be held on 8 June, with campaigning to begin tomorrow.“I take this opportunity to call on all Kosovo residents, particularly members of the Kosovo Serb community, to take part in the forthcoming elections and exercise their democratic franchise,” he said.Despite a slower pace of implementation of the 19 April 2013 agreement, the parties have narrowed their remaining differences, including on the structure and staffing of the judiciary in northern Kosovo. An additional indicator of progress is the operational capability of the Kosovo Police in northern Kosovo. The total number of former Serbian Interior Ministry personnel integrated into the Kosovo Police under the terms of the 19 April agreement has now reached 284. “It is hoped that, once the forthcoming electoral process in Kosovo is complete and new authorities are in place, the dialogue will resume without delay and a crucial pending matter – the establishment of the Community/Association of Serb municipalities – will be tackled expeditiously, along with other issues of mutual interest and concern,” Mr. Zarif said.He went on to note that over the past months, a great deal of effort was made to overcome challenges related to the finalization of Municipal Assembly statutes of the four Serbian majority municipalities of northern Kosovo. On 15 May, the municipal assemblies in that region approved amendments to their statutes, bringing them into compliance with relevant Kosovo legislation, as required by the Ministry of Local Government Administration. “This is an important step forward in the implementation of the 19 April 2013 agreement and the process of establishing the future Community/Association of Serb-majority municipalities,” he said.The Mission continued to encourage the various communities in Kosovo to continue working towards greater reconciliation and integration, he continued, noting progress on such important issues as missing persons and recognition of survivors of sexual violence during the conflict. “A common appreciation of the benefits of cultural heritage for all communities in Kosovo will also be an important step forward towards coexistence and reconciliation,” said Mr. Zarif, noting that despite best efforts, such awareness has yet to reach “adequate levels.”“It is essential that Belgrade and Pristina stay on track towards the full implementation of the agreement of 19 April 2013, he said by way of conclusion, adding that it is equally important to ensure coordinated efforts to make the best use of European and other multilateral and bilateral assistance to local programmes and projects in Kosovo.This way, the population of Kosovo can fully benefit in building a better life. In this regard, UNMIK will continue to fully engage in Kosovo, in coordination with other international, regional and local partners within its ‘status neutral’ framework, to make best use of its resources and relations with all communities, he said. read more

Poll Should it be illegal for under18s to get a tattoo or

first_imgYes NoDon’t knowVote Short URL Yes  (9345) By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has ruled out any news laws to regulate tattooing or body piercing in Ireland.As things stand, there is no minimum legal age for someone to get a tattoo or body piercing in Ireland (although many businesses apply their own limits).Fianna Fáil introduced a bill last year which aimed to ban tattoos and body piercings for under the age of 18. The bill is currently at the second stage, but government say they have no plans to introduce similar laws. Harris said that his department and the Health Service Executive are working together to develop guidelines in relation to tattooing and body piercing businesses. But do you think there should be new laws?Today we’re asking, Should it be illegal for under-18s to get a tattoo or body piercing?  Aug 26th 2019, 9:26 AM 34,651 Views Image: Shutterstock/Todor Rusinovcenter_img Image: Shutterstock/Todor Rusinov Poll Results: Share4 Tweet Email1 Don’t know (318) Poll: Should it be illegal for under-18s to get a tattoo or body piercing? A bill to make it illegal is currently at the second stage. No (2405) Monday 26 Aug 2019, 9:26 AM 96 Comments last_img read more

Kate Hudson reveals Greece as her favourite holiday destination I feel really

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is popular holiday destination with a number of A-list celebrities, one of them being American actor and co-founder of workout brand Fabletics, Kate Hudson.In an interview with fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar, the 39-year-old was asked to describe her perfect day from start to end.An early riser, even while on holiday, her ideal day kicks off at 7.30 am on a Greek island.“My perfect day is a vacation day, so I wake up on an island in Greece to the sound of my kids running around … I get a double espresso and walk down to the sea for a swim,” she said.Heading back to the house at 8.30 am, Hudson describes her ideal accommodation as “one of those adorable Greek houses with whitewashed walls and blue shutters”.Like most who venture to Greece there is plenty of activity near the beach involved in her day, and of course feasting, including “a lunch of fried zucchini and moussaka at a seaside tavern”.Hudson on holiday in Greece.The actor also spoke of her love of exploring different islands, going as far as to say that “Greece is my favourite vacation spot; I feel really at home there”.“I love the culture, the people are wonderful, and the water is just so incredibly appealing,” she added.As the day draws to a close, what appeals most to Hudson is the idea of getting together with her family and closest friends to enjoy of Greece’s “magical” sunsets, with a cocktail followed by more food.“Happiness to me is good conversation, connection, and lots of laughter,” she says.Well she couldn’t have picked a better destination for that.last_img read more

Officer fatally shoots person in Southeast Portland

first_imgPORTLAND — Police say one person was fatally shot by an officer in Southeast Portland after a disturbance call.A Portland Police Bureau spokesman says officers arrived just after 7 p.m. Wednesday to the incident near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Flavel Street.Police say transit officers arrived first and were involved in a foot chase with the suspect onto the nearby light rail tracks.Police say a Portland police officer assigned to the Transit Division then fired at the suspect, who died at the scene despite attempts to provide medical aid.Police said they didn’t yet know the identity of the suspect or whether he had a weapon at the time. Police didn’t name the officer involved but said the officer would be placed on standard leave.Multiple agencies are investigating.last_img read more

Alleged drunken driver crashes into tree in Vancouver

first_imgPolice arrested a man for suspected drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle into a tree early Tuesday.The crash was reported at 2:06 a.m. at the intersection of Northeast Second Street and Northeast 116th Avenue, a tree-lined area behind a shopping complex. Driver Charles S. Filbeck, 26, was taken by a patrol officer to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center where he got stitches to his head, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department. Filbeck was issued a criminal citation alleging driving under the influence.last_img read more

BNSF plans 189M in rail work across state

first_imgBNSF Railway will spend $189 million toward maintenance and improvements on its track system in Washington this year, the company announced Friday.The work will include more than 1,000 miles of track surfacing and undercutting, the replacement of almost 50 miles of rail and 200,000 railroad ties, among other fixes. Areas of focus will include BNSF’s Columbia River Gorge main line east of Vancouver and the route between Vancouver and Seattle, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. BNSF also expects to start construction this year on the replacement of a railroad bridge over the Washougal River in Camas.The Washington upgrades are part of a record $6 billion capital investment campaign across the entire BNSF system this year, Melonas said. The company spent about $5.5 billion on capital projects last year, he said. BNSF and other railroads own and maintain their own networks.“BNSF’s vision is to meet our customers’ expectations,” Melonas said. “A critical component of that is a strong track structure.”This year’s work in Washington has already started. Earlier this week, rail crews moved along the Gorge route near Stevenson. That line is one of BNSF’s busiest in the region, running 35 to 40 trains daily, Melonas said.After dipping due to the Great Recession, BNSF’s volumes have increased in recent years. But they still haven’t climbed back to their peak levels in 2006, Melonas said.Evolving types of cargo — including crude oil — have brought heightened attention to railroads and rail safety recently. Virtually no crude moved by rail in Washington in 2011, but trains now carry millions of barrels of oil through the state each year. Two to three oil trains now roll through the Gorge and Vancouver daily.last_img read more

2 men charged for robbing trying to rape woman on Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men have been arrested as suspects accused of armed robbery and attempted sexual battery of a woman on Miami Beach.Miami Beach Police said Joseph Lucien Oliver and Nesly Guerrier approached a woman on the beach and demanded her belongings.They also allegedly ripped off her clothes, held her down and punched her in the face before they took off with her jewelry, electronics and keys.They have been charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment and attempted sexual battery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

House Passes Operating Budget With 200 Million In Spending Cuts

first_imgThe budget bill retains spending for the marine highway system and for the university of alaska medical program, and it drops the idea of redirecting tax collections away from local governments. BY THE NUMBERS$72.9 million was cut from the Department of Health and Social Services, primarily to Medicaid.$49 million was cut from the School Bond Debt Reimbursement Program, meaning that local governments will need to contribute more to build and repair schools, but the program itself will be preserved and funded at a sustainable level.$14.5 million was cut from the Department of Transportation, with the largest single line-item reduction being a $10 million cut to the Alaska Marine Highway System. This encourages efficiencies but rejects the governor’s plan to end ferry service on October 1.$13 million was cut from the Department of Corrections, with an effort to limit the ability of DOC to send prisoners out-of-state and to encourage in-state services like electronic monitoring and halfway houses.$10 million was cut from the University of Alaska, encouraging the Board of Regents to find efficiencies but rejecting the governor’s plan to cut $134 million from UA, which would threaten doubling of tuition or closure of entire campuses.The budget protects K-12 education, with the base student allocation and per pupil transportation fully funded and forward funding for Fiscal Year 2021. Head Start, Early Childhood Education grants, and Best Beginnings are also fully funded, as is critical public broadcasting infrastructure. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives on Thursday voted 24-to-14 to pass the operating budget bill, House Bill 39. The House version reduces spending by roughly $200 million dollars compared to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposal of $700 million. Representative Ben Carpenter called that approach unsustainable: “We are behaving in a fiscally irresponsible manner. We are sending the wrong message to those who expect us to have a fiscally sound policy going into the future.”  The house version of the budget will now go to the senate. $4.3 billion of unrestricted general fund spending was approved for Fiscal Year 2020, meaning there is a $200 million reduction compared to what will be spent in this fiscal year. Representative Gary Knopp: “It was a good budget year, we’re actually a little ahead of last year. Now we turn it over to the senate, I think we are about 8 days ahead of last year. We will debate it with the senate and I think we will be out by mid-May.” last_img read more

Rights groups to tech giants Dont sell facial recognition to government

first_imgA showcase of facial recognition tech at CES 2019. David Mcnew/Getty Images Facial recognition is used in tech products to do things like unlock your phone, add cool camera effects and help you play with your robot dog. But other applications of the technology aren’t always as innocent.That’s why the American Civil Liberties Union has teamed up with more than 85 human rights groups to ask big tech companies not to provide face surveillance technology to the US government. The coalition sent letters to Microsoft, Amazon and Google to make sure its stance on the issue was heard.You may’ve heard stories about the Chinese government experimenting with facial recognition technology to monitior citizens. The technology has also had a mixed track record when it comes to its use by law enforcement in the west. A study from May 2018 found that facial recognition tech used by the UK’s Metropolitan Police was inaccurate in 98 percent of cases. But that hasn’t stopped the US Department of Homeland Security from testing facial recognition around the White House. The ACLU and the coalition of groups want to ensure that big tech companies don’t allow the US government to use their facial recognition technologies to limit human rights. The ACLU says facial recognition “gives the government new power to target and single out immigrants, religious minorities and people of color in our communities” and that “systems built on face surveillance will amplify and exacerbate historical and existing bias.”Some of the petitioned companies have already spoken on the implications of facial recognition. Microsoft called for regulation of the technology so it isn’t used to “exacerbate social issues.” Google has said it won’t make general-purpose facial recognition programming tools available “before working through important technology and policy questions.”Meanwhile, Amazon has taken heat for filing patents that discuss using facial recognition in smart doorbells to alert police about suspicious individuals, and for selling its Rekognition tech to law enforcement.Microsoft, Amazon and Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the coalition’s letter.The Honeymoon Is Over: Everything you need to know about why tech is under Washington’s microscope.Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal. Amazon Facial recognition Google Microsoft 0 1:11 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Privacy advocates have issues with Amazon’s facial recognition… Tech Industry Tagslast_img read more

Making Mahbubnagar a smart city govts top priority Excise

first_imgMahbubnagar: Excise Minister Srinivas Goud inaugurated a BT road laid at a cost of Rs 44 lakh in Mahbubnagar on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that for the last many years the people of Amistapur were facing a tough time due to no proper road connectivity. After facing problems for so many years, now they have got a good road facility and with this, the people of Amistapur will have a better and fast connectivity. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “The road between Sagar Colony and Amistapur has been left pending for so many years. However, after the TRS government come to power, we ensured this road is constructed at a faster pace and help the people get better connectivity. In a span of just two years, we have laid this road providing better transportation facilities to public of Mahbubnagar and Amistapur,” said the Minister. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The Minister further added that the TRS government was giving highest priority towards providing basic infrastructural facilities like roads and water pipelines to the people. He said very soon they would complete all the development works likes roads, culverts, gardens and parks in the district and make Mahbubnagar a smart city.last_img read more

All you wanted to know about the trouble in Indias biggest airline

first_img An IndiGo airline aircraft.ReutersBhatia defended his turf well, claiming all agreements were above board and held valid by the shareholder agreement and the articles of association of the company.Bhatia claims he took all the economic risks while Gangwal’s has been more of sweat equity.Bhatia camp claims although the shareholder agreement between the two founders was tweaked when the airline was listed in 2015, the essence of the agreement remained.The Bhatia camp also says Gangwal has failed to substantiate his allegations through Sebi has been seeking information for the past 10 days.IGE Group recently alleged that co-promoter Gangwal’s statement about the existence of the whistleblower complaints was a “smokescreen” to cover his “larger game plan” for control of the airline.The warring founders of IndiGo will have the freedom to sell their shares to any suitor after the shareholders’ agreement (SHA) between them giving each other the first right of refusal expires in October. The agreement also contains a “tag-along” clause that the other promoter has the right to join any share-sale transaction and sell his stake along with the one who is exiting. An Airbus 321neo of IndiGo airline taxiing. The spat between co-founders Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal is continuing to simmer despite signs of cooling down.@FlightGlobal/twitterIndiGo co-founder Rahul Bhatia has made clear his reluctance to shed any of his powers, which had led to the differences with the other co-founder Rakesh Gangwal. The situation, which seemed to simmer down at last week’s board meeting, has flared up again and many in the industry believe there is little room for Gangwal to make any headway in the company from now on. Here are the key points about the differences:Rahul Bhatia controls 38.3 percent shares in Interglobe Aviation Limited, the company that owns budget carrier IndiGo, through the shares he himself, his family and his InterGlobe Enterprises (IGE) owns.Rahul Gangwal, an NRI businessman with base in the US, controls 36.65 percent shares through the stake he and his family holds in InterGlobe Aviation Limited.InterGlobe Aviation Limited started as a private limited company and its first domestic flight took place in August 2006 and the international flight in January 2011. IndiGo took delivery of its first aircraft in February 2006 and the 50th in February 2012.The company went public with its Rs 3,200-crore initial public offering (IPO) in October 2015. IndiGo has become India’s largest airline by market share of 48.1 percent, revenue of Rs 23,900 crore and a fleet size of 238 aircraft. It flies to 60 destinations, the most by an Indian airline.While IndiGo expanded rapidly, feasting on the poor service reputation of full-service carriers like Air India and Jet Airways, Bhatia consolidated his hold by cornering related party transactions (RPT) for his InterGlobe Enterprises. Gangwal contends this was a result of irregularities. Gangwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, and the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) seeking their intervention.last_img read more

Comic icons to partner Deepak Chopra

first_imgComic greats Stan Lee and Grant Morrison together with Indian-American author and wellness guru Deepak Chopra have partnered with publisher Graphic India to bring out digital comics to raise money for charities in India.Under the partnership, comics written by Lee, Morrison and Chopra is being offered exclusively as a package on Humble Bundle, a pay-what-you-want program that works with publishers to offer huge collections of comics in one go.The deal includes a global exclusive release of the first chapter of the superhero comic book Avatarex, a sequel to the epic Mahabarata set in modern India by Morrison, who has authored best-sellers like Batman. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The announcement was made by the writer on Thursday at the ongoing Comic-Con event at San Diego.Avatarex is the first digital venture by Morrison, whose retelling of the Mahabharata in comic book format 18 days with illustrations by Mukesh Singh was published in 2010.Publishers describe Avatarex as an epic world where “living myth collides with the mundane realities and cultural upheavals of contemporary India.” “At a time when I feel I’ve said about as much as I have to say about the American superhero, this is an opportunity to re-imagine the entire concept through a different cultural lens,” Morrison said in a statement. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Avatarex is the first digital only comic I’ve written and I’m excited by the opportunity to create for a more accessible global platform,” he said.Morrrison’s new comic will feature a new 6 page chapter digitally every two weeks. “I’m thrilled to be working with my friends at Graphic India for the exclusive digital comic launch of my action-packed, thrill-a-minute, Indian superhero, Chakra The Invincible on Humble Bundle, while also supporting two great charities,” Lee said. Author Deepak Chopra’s e-book comic series, Buddha: A Tale of Enlightenment is also in the bundle.Proceeds of the sale would go towards raising money for charities, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and Worldreader.“I believe that educated young children are our world’s best hope for the future and I’m very proud to assist those in greatest need and perhaps help inspire the doctors, artists, and leaders of tomorrow,” Morrison said.Sharad Devarajan, Co-Founder and CEO of Graphic India said, “Humble Bundle is the perfect partner to help us launch these exciting e-books, bringing together audiences from east and west and more importantly, bringing attention for two great charities.” In addition, other books like Ramayan 3392AD, Myths of India, The Mighty Yeti and Grant Morrison’s 18 Days priced at $200 would be available for $15 as part of the charity raising event.The Tales of India featuring Grant Morrison and Stan Lee runs for two weeks on Humble Bundle and ends on July 23.last_img read more

Four injured in road mishap on EM Bypass

first_imgKolkata: Four passengers of an auto rickshaw were injured after it toppled near Mukundapur crossing on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass on Thursday afternoon. Locals claimed that the auto driver was driving at a high speed and lost control while avoiding collision with a scooter coming from opposite direction. According to locals, on Thursday around 12:25 pm, an auto from Ruby crossing to Baghajatin route was moving towards Ajaynagar along the E M Bypass. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe auto driver claimed that near Mukundapur crossing all of a sudden on E M Bypass a scooter tried to cross over to the Ruby crossing bound lane. To avoid collision auto driver applied break and turned the direction handle and it collided with a guard rail of Kolkata Traffic Police and toppled. The passengers fell out of the auto due to the sudden hit. Sourendra Sur of Bijoygarh, who is an inspector of West Bengal Police and a school student identified as Aditya Kumar of Highland Park Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatasuffered head injuries in the incident. The other two passengers sustained minor injuries.Traffic police personnel there rushed to the spot and sent the injured persons to the hospital. The driver of the auto somehow escaped unhurt. Later the auto was seized and sent to Survey Park police station along with the driver.In another incident, a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) lost control and hit a signal post of Bidhannagar Police on the median divider of Biswabangla Sarani. As the incident happened early on Thursday morning, no major damage was reported. There was a traffic congestion near the accident spot.last_img read more

BJP launches survey to assess winnability of candidates ahead of LS polls

first_imgKolkata: Amid factionalism and hurdles in its mass outreach programme, the West Bengal unit of the BJP, which has set a target of winning over 23 of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, is carrying out a survey to assess the winnability of its candidates.With more than 60-70 aspirants throwing their hats into the ring for one seat, especially in the northern and southern part of the state, the party is grappling with internal dissent over ticket distribution. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSeveral factions, including the ones led by leaders who switched to the BJP from the TMC, are staking claims to the same seat, forcing the state unit to seek an assessment of its candidates to meet its 23-seat target, set by the saffron party’s national president Amit Shah.”It is unprecedented that we have been receiving such a huge number of applications for some seats. Ten years back, we used to have a tough time convincing people to contest on our ticket,” a BJP state unit leader said, adding that a section of leaders has appealed to the central leadership to ensure that old timers don’t feel sidelined. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state unit, in consultation with the central leaders, has roped in an external agency to assess its prospects in the Lok Sabha constituencies, he said.BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya told PTI that a candidate list will be prepared based on inputs by the external agency and the party’s senior leaders.”We have launched both external and internal surveys to assess the winnability of seats and candidates. The survey will cover aspects such as a candidate’s potential in winning a seat and his popularity. Based on inputs from the internal survey and the external agency, we will prepare our list,” he said. Asked about internal dissent, Vijayvargiya said the BJP is a disciplined party and once the names of candidates are announced, every member will work to ensure their victory in the elections.According to sources within the party, the state unit will send names of at least three candidates for every Lok Sabha seat to the central unit, which would then take a final call on the matter.BJP state president Dilip Ghosh claimed that the party is putting in equal efforts in all constituencies, notwithstanding its target of winning at least 23 seats .”Our party president had given us a target of 23 seats, but if the elections are held in a fair manner, we are in a position to win at least 26 seats,” Ghosh told PTI.The state unit has already categorized the seats as ‘A plus’, ‘A’, ‘B’and ‘C’ as per their prospects, according to another senior leader of the party.”The classification of the constituencies into four categories was done on the basis of five criteria – BJP’s organisational strength, the demographic situation (number of Muslims, Hindu and Hindu refugee population), its organisational weakness, the geographical location and the potential of the candidate,” he said.The party has kept Darjeeling and Asansol seats out of the survey’s purview as it is confident of retaining them.Of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the Trinamool Congress bagged 34 seats in 2014, the Congress secured four seats, while CPI(M) and the BJP won two seats each.”We have identified 18-20 seats in north and south Bengal, where our chances of winning is as high as 70-80%.This study was done keeping in mind our performance in those seats in the last few elections,” the BJP leader added.However, despite all its efforts, the BJP is still scouting for answers over its “inability” to constitute booth committees at all polling stations in the state.Shah, during its visit to Bengal in September 2017, had sought booth committee formation at 77,000 polling stations in the state, but the party has been able to achieve only 75 percent of the target so far.”We have not been able to reach out to all the booths, especially the ones in minority-dominated areas. We have a support base, but no one is ready to man the booth committees fearing backlash by the Trinamool Congress. We hope things will change in the days to come,” Ghosh said.last_img read more

• 49ers lament question costly penalties in loss

first_img• 49ers lament, question costly penalties in loss to Arizona (’s because the Niners were on the receiving end of nine accepted infractions for a whopping 100 yards in Sunday’s game. It was the second-most penalties and the most yards they’ve accrued in a game this season. It was also the first thing coach Chip Kelly pointed to as the primary reason his team came up short despite much improved run defense and a plus-three turnover margin.• 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick takes step forward at site of ‘worst’ game ( the very same University of Phoenix field where San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s career was left for dead in 2015, Kaepernick offered the biggest sign yet that there is genuine hope of a resurrection.No, Kaepernick’s statistics weren’t as gaudy as they were a week ago against the New Orleans Saints and he probably didn’t carry your fantasy team to a victory in Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. But playing against an Arizona defense that entered the game ranked near the top of the league in total defense on its home turf, Kaepernick put together a solid performance that offered a glimpse of the Kaepernick of old. • Plagued by penalties and lacking run game, 49ers drop eighth straight ( San Francisco 49ers finally made progress in some of the most important problem areas that have plagued them during their previous seven losses Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Problem was, the 49ers failed to do some of the few things they’d done well.• Kaepernick improving, but 49ers don’t take advantage of takeaways (CSN Bay Area)It was a game of missed opportunities for the 49ers, whose defense generated four turnovers. The 49ers committed just one giveaway, and Arizona scored a touchdown. The 49ers managed just 10 points off their four takeaways.The 49ers put themselves into position to score the upset victory. Instead, they left Arizona with their only true gut-wrenching loss of the season. The 49ers (1-8) had rarely been in spot to win a game in the fourth quarter of their other seven losses during their current skid.Your browser does not support iframes.• 49ers’ run defense slows down David Johnson (CSN Bay Area)The 49ers’ run defense, which entered the game allowing 193.0 yards per game, stiffened against running back David Johnson. Still, it was not enough to prevent the 49ers from their eighth consecutive loss. • Grading the 49ers 23-20 loss to Arizona Cardinals (San Jose Mercury News)An eighth straight loss Sunday moved the 49ers within one of their franchise record. Here is how the 49ers (1-8) graded in Sunday’s 23-20 defeat to the host Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1):• It was another 49ers loss, but Colin Kaepernick was calm, confident and the team’s brightest sign so far this season (San Jose Mercury News)Did we finally see a few of the 49ers’ biggest jigsaw-puzzle pieces start to click together on Sunday?Colin Kaepernick looked calm, controlled and dynamic. Chip Kelly’s offense had some subtle twists and angles that seemed to confuse a very good Arizona defense.• 49ers lose eighth straight, comeback thwarted by Cardinals field goal as time expires (San Jose Mercury News)“I told them I’m proud of how they competed,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said. “But they’re not handing out participation trophies in the National Football League. It’s about wins and losses.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The end result was business as usual for the San Francisco 49ers Sunday: A loss.But the events leading up to the eighth straight defeat for the Niners looked a lot different than those that came before. San Francisco, the league’s worst rush defense, held the Cardinals to 80 yards on the ground and forced four turnovers, but it wasn’t enough. Chandler Catanzaro’s 34-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Cardinals to a 23-20 win and a season sweep for the second straight season. San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly and his bench watch as the Arizona Cardinals kick a game winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-20. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories center_img Leading up to Sunday’s affair at University of Phoenix Stadium, we kept you up to date on all the story lines surrounding the 49ers in Behind Enemy Lines. Monday morning, we take a look at the reaction out of the Bay Area following the loss. It’s Opponent Aftermath.• 49ers take step forward in last-second loss to Cardinals (SF Gate)After losing seven straight games by an average of 17.3 points, their latest setback had a different tenor.The 49ers (1-8) arrived as 13½-point underdogs, fell into an early 14-0 hole and then flipped the all-too-familiar script by fighting instead of folding. Colin Kaepernick’s 4-yard bootleg run on the first play after the two-minute warning tied the game at 20-20 and inspired a foreign feeling for a team without a win in 63 days: joy.• 49ers’ Jimmie Ward gets Larry Fitzgerald’s admiration, jersey (SF Gate)Jimmie Ward received an education and a gift Sunday.After the 49ers’ cornerback routinely was matched against Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who finished with 12 catches for 133 yards in the Cardinals’ 23-20 win, he was given the shirt off his back: Fitzgerald handed Ward his jersey that included his signature and a message that conveyed his respect. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Vgenopoulos comes out guns blazing once again

first_imgBy Stefanos EvripidouFORMER Laiki Bank strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos came out all guns blazing yesterday, accusing the entire “political-economic establishment” in Cyprus of bringing the country to its knees, pointing the finger specifically at big developers, banks and politicians.Speaking from Athens during an interview with Sigma television, Vgenopoulos denied that his six-year reign at Laiki was responsible for the economy’s present woes.He suggested the Cypriot system as a whole was rotten and blamed bad management after his departure from Laiki, an incompetent government, and politicians deeply entangled with vested interests as the core reasons for the Cypriot banking system’s fall from grace.Vgenopoulos, who ran Laiki from 2006 to 2011, is often blamed in Cyprus for the demise of the island’s second biggest lender. He claims that his only ‘mistake’, one he is proud of, was his refusal to collaborate with the vested interests of the political-economic establishment in Cyprus.“In Cyprus you talk about what Vgenopoulos did. I lost money… I personally lost directly and indirectly €50m which I am now seeking.”Asked to explain Laiki’s downfall, the Greek banker said all banks around the world were suffering from the crisis but Laiki and the Cypriot banking system fell victim “to interests that wanted to serve the entanglements of the political-economic system of Cyprus”.“A series of illegal acts and omissions were made by representatives of the Cyprus Republic and the result is the bankruptcy of Laiki, the destruction of Bank of Cyprus essentially and a huge wound to the Cypriot economy,” he added.Had Laiki not taken a massive hit from the Greek sovereign debt writedown, the bank would have had €600m extra capital, argued Vgenopoulos.He said he called then president Demetris Christofias to warn him of the consequences of agreeing in the European Council to a Greek debt haircut, but the former leader proved incapable of understanding the gravity of the situation.“I called Christofias before the dramatic meeting of the Eurogroup where he agreed to the haircut of (Greek) bonds without safeguards… and warned him. But he did not understand. He had good intentions, but the man did not understand.”Asked to comment on allegations that during his time at the helm, Laiki approved millions of euros worth of loans either without collateral or with inadequate collateral, Vgenopoulos said he has repeatedly stated these are “groundless claims”, and accused his detractors of being “small people with big mouths” who run and hide whenever he tells the truth.The banker maintained that at the time, the bank was solvent, the economy was in good shape, and all loans were secured with adequate collateral. The secured collateral only fell in value later with the onset of the crisis.When he left the bank, it had drawn around €3bn in emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) from the central bank. This shot up after 2011 to €9.5bn, he said.He also questioned why everybody was focusing on Laiki loans taken out six, seven years ago with collateral, when information was made public last January that Leptos Group had taken a new loan from the Bank of Cyprus in 2012 worth €222m. And this, after it had already been established in 2011 that the Group could not pay the accrued interest from previous loans worth €235m, Vgenopoulos claimed.“We’re talking about a total exposure of €457m. Where is the Attorney-general’s report? Where are the politicians to come out and shout about the unsecured loan? This loan was unsecured from the moment it was given. It was not a loan from 2006. Shame on the whole system,” he said.He further alleged that in 2008 a member of the Leptos Group went to the Paphos branch of Laiki, accompanied by a person who later became finance minister, a Bank of Cyprus official, and in the presence of a ministry permanent secretary who later became a Leptos official, requested a €100m loan.“For this loan, a current party leader called me. He was not a party leader then, he is now,” said Vgenopoulos.Laiki rejected the loan application and Vgenopoulos said a member of his staff warned him that the refusal “will make our bank and you personally an enemy of the very powerful political-economic establishment”.Later yesterday, DIKO leader Nicolas Papadoupolos, AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou and Citizens’ Alliance head Giorgos Lillikas all issued statements categorically denying the “current party leader” was a reference to them.DISY leader Averof Neophytou said: “There is as much truth to Mr Vgenopoulos’ various claims over time as there is to his position that he has no relations with Mr Zolotas.”Vgenopoulos has also come under fire for his alleged links with Greek shipowner and owner of the company Focus, Michalis Zolotas.Last week, Politis reported that Focus paid €500,000 directly to DISY in ten installments and almost €1.5m to AKEL around the time of the 2008 presidential elections.Focus also allegedly received large loans – some without adequate collateral – from Laiki during Vgenopoulos’ time there.In response, the Greek banker said Cypriots are getting all worked up over Focus’ political contribution instead of looking at what contributions big developers make to parties.He denied knowing Zolotas and argued that he took loans with huge collateral, which later fell in value.“I do not know him,” he said, adding that he first met him in 2008 when Zolotas participated, along with many others, in an increase in the share capital of Panathinaikos football team.“Does that make him my friend and associate?”During his review of the Cypriot political system, Vgenopoulos also had a few choice words for the alleged responsibilities of deputy attorney-general Rikos Erotokritou, House Ethics Committee Chairman Demetris Syllouris, and former finance minister and Laiki chairman Michalis Sarris.When informed that as a result of the crisis, people in Cyprus were going hungry, Vgenopoulos said this was a result of the political and economic leadership not wanting to take any responsibility.He blamed parliament for rejecting the first Eurogroup proposal for a significantly lower, across-the-board haircut on all bank deposits.“Where are those people who said no to the first plan from Europe? 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Man driving wrong way on highway four times over the limit

first_imgA man driving on the wrong side of the Nicosia to Limassol motorway on Wednesday evening was four times over the allowed alcohol limit.Traffic police were notified that a car was moving on the wrong side of the road near Latsia at 11pm.They then received a second message saying he had turned and was heading towards Limassol on the correct lane.The car was stopped by police officers who established the driver was a 42-year-old resident of the Famagusta district.The man had 80μg of alcohol in his blood while 22 are allowed.He is expected to be summoned to court later.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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