BJP MP’s son arrested for consuming liquor in Bihar

first_imgRahul Kumar Manjhi, the son of a BJP MP from Gaya, has been arrested and sent to jail for consuming liquor in the dry State.While BJP MP Hari Manjhi cried “conspiracy by the local police”, ruling alliance party Janata Dal (United) leaders said “there was rule of law in the State”. The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal asked why only Scheduled Caste and poor people were being “targeted and arrested” under the new stringent liquor law.The police said Rahul Kumar was arrested after he was caught consuming liquor along with his friends at Nama village under the Gaya Medical College police station on Sunday. Two of his friends too have been arrested and sent to jail.“He was taken for a medical test and was found to have consumed liquor… we arrested him under the new excise and prohibition law and produced him in a local court today, which later sent him to the Gaya Central Jail,” Inspector Lal Bihari Paswan told journalists.Earlier case tooEarlier on December 13, 2016, too Rahul Kumar, 18, was caught in an inebriated condition at the Gaya Medical College gate and the police had lodged a case against him.However, Mr. Manjhi accused the police of hatching a conspiracy to falsely implicate his son. “Earlier, I had informed the Deputy Inspector General of Police of Magadh Range about the illegal liquor trade going on in and around Nama village in nexus with the local police. The local police, instead of acting on my information, falsely implicated my son,” alleged Mr. Manjhi.But, JD(U) leaders maintained there was rule of law in the State and it was one and equal for everyone. “The rule of law does not discriminate on power and position in the Nitish Kumar government…whoever is caught consuming liquor in the State, the law will take its own course irrespective of his caste, creed or position,” said JD(U) leader and party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.But the Opposition RJD leaders took on the government and asked why only Scheduled Caste and poor people were being targeted. “Over 90% of those being arrested and sent to jail under the new liquor law are either from the Scheduled Castes or poor people. Does it mean that only Dalits and poor people are consuming liquor in Bihar illegally?” said senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari.‘No fear of the law’Party MLA and spokesperson Bhai Birendra said: “The arrests of people and seizure of liquor bottles every day in the State shows that people are consuming liquor without any fear of the prohibition law.”Recently, a local BJP leader from Sitamarhi had mowed down nine schoolchildren allegedly under the influence of liquor.last_img read more

Paul Zamar headed to San Miguel Beermen

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Left unsigned in the 2012 rookie draft, Zamar helped Thai team Mono Vampire push Alab Pilipinas to the limit in last year’s ABL Finals.San Miguel Beer will only be Zamar’s second PBA team at 31 years old.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ The crafty guard who has made pro tours overseas—including a stellar stint in Asean Basketball League, will be sent to Beermen for second round draft picks in 2021 and 2022.Zamar’s shipment is among the multiple transactions the Elite will be making in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefShortly after the 2018 PBA Draft, Blackwater star big man Poy Erram was traded to NLEX’s first-round selections Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter.Zamar is expected to buy time for the Beermen to develop new playmakers as they prepare for the eventual slow-down of superstar guards Alex Cabagnot, 35, and Chris Ross, 33. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TNT coach Bong Ravena says absent Terrence Romeo ‘just sick’ Paul Zamar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Zamar, whose long and equally arduous journey to the PBA became one of the season’s feel-good stories last season, opens another chapter in his hoops career.Zamar is set to find a new home with the San Miguel Beer after his stint with the Blackwater Elite, sources have told the Inquirer.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mavididi joins Juve from Arsenal

first_imgStephy Mavididi has joined Juventus from Arsenal.The 20-year-old leaves the Gunners on a permanent deal, and will initially join the Serie A club’s ‘B’ team, which competes in Serie C.Mavididi never made a senior appearance for Arsenal, but played 41 games for the club’s Under-23 team and has also won three caps for England’s Under-20s. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He made 11 appearances in the Championship while on loan at Preston North End at the start of last season, before leaving in January for a temporary spell with Charlton, playing 20 times for the League One side.Mavididi plays primarily as a centre-forward, but is also capable of playing on either flank and as an attacking midfielder.A slew of young players have left the Premier League to forge paths elsewhere, notably Jadon Sancho, who left Manchester City to join Borussia Dortmund, while fellow former Gunner Kaylen Hinds left for Wolfsburg.Midfielder Marcus McGuane also left Arsenal, joining Barcelona, while Chris Willock swapped the Emirates for Benfica.Tottenham have lost a number of players too, with Keanan Bennetts joining Borussia Monchengladbach and striker Reo Griffiths heading to Lyon.last_img read more

Tottenham knock out Arsenal from League Cup to set up semi-final against Chelsea

first_imgTottenham Hotspur gained sweet revenge over north London rivals Arsenal as goals in each half by Son Heung-min and Dele Alli earned them a 2-0 win on Wednesday and a League Cup semi-final place.Seventeen days after losing 4-2 in a pulsating Premier League clash, in-form Tottenham returned to the Emirates to claim a first away victory over Arsenal in eight years and set up a two-legged semi against Chelsea.Son opened the scoring against the run of play with a stylish 20th-minute effort from Alli’s pass and Alli doubled Tottenham’s lead with a delightful dinked finish on the hour.Shortly afterwards Alli appeared to be struck by a plastic bottle thrown from the Arsenal fans but it did not dampen Tottenham’s night as they took a step towards a first trophy under Manchester United target Mauricio Pochettino.”It’s a big derby, last time we were here we didn’t have a great result and this is a special night,” Son said.Arsenal had gone 22 matches unbeaten in all competitions under new manager Unai Emery until Sunday’s league defeat at Southampton and a second loss in four days was a bitter pill to swallow.The hosts played well in patches but were guilty of wasting several chances, especially before the break.Tottenham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, in for rested Hugo Lloris, was also inspired when he needed to be, clawing an Aaron Ramsey volley on to the post just before halftime.The Argentine was first Spurs goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet away at Arsenal in any competition since November, 1998.advertisementBRIGHT STARTArsenal started brightly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan glanced a header across the face of goal before Ramsey flashed a shot wide. Mkhitaryan then wasted a gilt-edged opportunity when clean through on goal, shooting too close to Gazzaniga.Tottenham took the lead in the 24th minute when a long punt forward was flicked on to Alli, who showed great vision to set Son racing clear and the South Korean calmly curled past Cech.Moussa Sissoko should have extended Tottenham’s lead but fired wastefully over and it was Arsenal who ended the half strong with Ramsey’s volley forcing heroics from Gazzaniga.Arsenal introduced French striker Alexandre Lacazette just before the hour mark but it was Harry Kane, who came off the bench at the same time for Spurs, who made an immediate impact.Kane chested down a high ball and his lofted pass released Alli. His first touch was sublime and his second lifted the ball over the advancing Cech to double Tottenham’s lead.Lacazette hit the woodwork late on but Arsenal rarely looked like denying Tottenham victory.”I think we worked like we want, like we prepared,” Emery said.”We created chances in the first half to score but our efficiency wasn’t good. We didn’t concede a lot for them, but they have quality and they scored.”Tottenham are hunting their first silverware since 2008 when they beat Chelsea in the League Cup final while they lost to the Blues in the 2015 final in Pochettino’s first season in charge.”A very difficult draw, another London derby. We have already played Watford, West Ham and Arsenal,” Pochettino said.”We shall see, Chelsea are a great team but we are excited. To be in the semi-final is fantastic for us.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

League Cup: Dele Alli hit by bottle in Tottenham’s semi-final win at Arsenal

first_imgTottenham midfielder Dele Alli was struck on the head by a bottle at Arsenal while helping his team seal a place in the League Cup semifinals with a 2-0 victory in the north London derby on Wednesday.The plastic bottle was hurled from the stands at the Emirates Stadium about 12 minutes after Alli audaciously lobbed goalkeeper Petr Cech as Tottenham won at its rival for the first time since 2010.”It made the goal a little bit sweeter and the win,” said Alli, who responded by using his fingers to signal Tottenham’s 2-0 lead to the Arsenal fans.Police in helmets were also brought into the stands to provide a larger barrier between Tottenham and Arsenal fans. Security staff member removes the bottle from the pitch that hit Dele Alli (Reuters Photo)The supporter who threw the bottle faces a ban if he is identified from video footage.”It’s lucky it wasn’t a big issue,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “Only one stupid person made a mistake.”Having also ousted West Ham in the previous round, another London team stands in the way of Tottenham reaching the final. There will be a two-legged meeting in January with Chelsea, which beat Bournemouth 1-0 on Wednesday on Eden Hazard’s goal.Holder Manchester City was drawn to play third-tier side Burton.For Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, the lack of trophy is the only blot on a reign that began in 2014. But the progress he has made with meager spending compared with the rest of the Premier League’s top four has made the Argentine a prime target as Jose Mourinho’s long-term successor at Manchester United.advertisementBoth goals were set up by a compatriot of Pochettino, with goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga launching high balls.The first in the 20th minute reached Alli who picked out Son Heung-Min to slot past Cech as Arsenal had nothing to show for its opening command of the quarterfinal.Having been rested from kickoff, Harry Kane made a swift impact from the bench by setting up the second goal. Gazzaniga sent the ball in the 59th minute to Kane, who held it up on the halfway before directing a cross-field pass to Alli for the exquisite dink over Cech.Winning at Arsenal allowed Tottenham to exact quick revenge for a loss in their Premier League meeting almost three weeks ago.Coupled with the loss on Sunday to Southampton, Arsenal has now endured back-to-back defeats after a 22-match unbeaten run.While one route for silverware ended in Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal, Tottenham remains in contention on four fronts – like City and Chelsea. Tottenham’s FA Cup run starts in January in the third round at Tranmere, there is a Champions League last-16 meeting with Borussia Dortmund and Pochettino’s side is third in the Premier League.last_img read more

Melbourne City flattened by Sydney

first_imgBobô Melbourne City 0 Sydney FC 4: Bobo scores twice as leaders lay down marker Joe Wright 19:31 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) bobo - cropped Getty Images Melbourne City v Sydney Sydney Melbourne City A-League Sydney FC’s impressive form continued as they dispatched Melbourne City at AAMI Park. Two goals from Bobo helped Sydney FC to a commanding 4-0 win away to Melbourne City in Saturday’s A-League clash at AAMI Park.The Brazilian struck either side of a fine effort from Milos Ninkovic as Graham Arnold’s men made it three wins in a row in a humbling outing for the home side.Adrian Mierzejewski added a fourth as the leaders moved 12 points clear of Newcastle Jets at the top of the table, having played a game more. 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 The hosts enjoyed a promising start to proceedings, with 19-year-old Daniel Arzani looking a particular threat, but Bobo broke the deadlock on 32 minutes when his penalty was parried off the bar and in by goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis.Bobo is the fastest player to score 20 #ALeague goals in one season.The previous fastest? The man who just came on – @BFornaroli#MCYvSYD— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) February 10, 2018City pushed for an equaliser but were stung two minutes before the break, when Ninkovic fired home a half-volley from the edge of the area after Sydney had stolen back possession in the final third.Bobo got his second of the match and his 20th of a brilliant season on 65 minutes, eluding his marker with ease to head in Michael Zullo’s cross.Zullo was the architect again as Meirzejewski scuffed in a volley for Sydney’s fourth, ensuring a record-equalling 111th A-League win for Arnold and a miserable weekend for the home fans in Melbourne.last_img read more

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Solskjaer must be happy with PSG collapse – Thiago Silva

first_imgThiago Silva believes Paris Saint-Germain offered Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer encouragement as they slipped up at Lyon.PSG had been unbeaten in their opening 20 Ligue 1 matches this season, but that run was ended on Sunday as Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir cancelled out Angel Di Maria’s opener.With a last-16 Champions League meeting against a rejuvenated United just over a week away, Silva was concerned by his side’s performance, although he expects to see an improved display at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Solskjaer must be happy with what he saw,” Silva said. “We started the game well, but then we lost our concentration and did not have a good first half.”For me, too, it was difficult. The second half was better but that was not enough. We missed a lot of things. We need to be more focused when we do not have the ball, for example.2015 – Paris have lost a Ligue 1 game after scoring the opening goal for the 1st time since January 2015 against Bastia (2-4). Shake.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 3, 2019″But do not be worried about us. Next Tuesday, in Manchester, it will be another competition, another environment, another atmosphere. In the meantime, we have to work between us to show something else.”We will be facing a great team. Manchester United are on a run of nine wins in 10 games.”PSG’s hopes in the two-leg affair against United have been hit by injuries to Marco Verratti and Neymar, but new signing Leandro Paredes debuted at Lyon.United, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Burnley in their last match at Old Trafford, returned to winning ways with a 1-0 Premier League win at Leicester City on Sunday.last_img read more

Hardik wants to prove a point with bat and ball: Rohit

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma says Hardik Pandya has been driven by a desire “prove a point to himself”, more than anyone else, in what is turning out to be a good IPL season for the flamboyant all-rounder. Pandya’s 16-ball unbeaten 37 guided Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore Monday night. The all-rounder is averaging a healthy 46.50 and has a strike rate of over 190 in the eight matches he has played this season. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “His (Hardik’s) hitting has been helping the team and him as well to move forward. This is something he wanted to do because he didn’t have a lot of time before coming to the IPL,” Rohit said after Monday’s match. “So he wanted to prove a point with bat and ball, to himself more than anyone else. The way he is hitting it gives us confidence as a team that there is someone who can hit that well at the end and win crucial games.” Talking about veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who took four wickets to restrict RCB to 171 for 7, Rohit said, “Lasith’s performance matters a lot to us. We missed him for a few games. Trust me, with all that he has done over the years, bowling at the death at the Wankhede is very difficult. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Credit goes to the bowlers in general for restricting a good RCB batting line-up to 170 odd.” Rohit, however, admitted that he is yet to figure out the Wankhede pitch. “To be honest, I still haven’t figured out the pitch here this season. Normally it’s safe to chase here, but today no one expected it to play this way. If the pitch plays like that I don’t want to chase,” he said with a smile. Pandya, on his part, praised openers Rohit (28) and Quinton de Kock (40) for the the start the team got in the run chase. “Hats off to both the openers. It was not easy to bat on this wicket but they made it easy for us in the end. I felt RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay and that’s where I thought they lost the game,” he said. “We began well and had the bowlers who hit the deck hard and got some purchase off the wicket. The way the wicket started playing, even AB found it difficult but they both (AB and Moeen) played well. A disappointed RCB and India captain Virat Kohli defended the move to use left-arm spinner Pawan Negi in the 19th over of which Pandya smashed 22 runs to end the match. “At the end, we had to take the risk with the left-arm spinner, with two right-handed batsmen. Giving pace was risky, especially with a bit of dew. Unfortunately, it didn’t come off,” said Kohli. “With the ball, we weren’t that great in the first six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well. We just have to enjoy ourselves, play the way we did in the last two games. Need to keep our composure under pressure. Need to take half-chances.last_img read more

France Won’t Use its Veto on the Sahara: Gérard Araud

New York- Gérard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a Tweet on Friday that his country would not use its veto power in the Security Council against any resolution on the Sahara. The French diplomat was apparently answering the Polisario and its supporters, who accused France of its willingness to use its veto to block any resolution that doesn’t take into account Morocco’s interests.“Once for all and I stop here. France has NOT threatened to use its veto directly or not. The last French veto was in the 80s,” the French diplomat said. The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on the renewal of the MINURSO’s mandate on April 23rd. But as in recent years, France won’t have to use its veto power, since the draft resolution that is being circulated to the Security Council members does not include any provision calling for the extension of MINURSO’s mandate to include a human rights monitoring mechanism, a position that has been defended in recent years by the Polisario and its supporters, mainly Algeria, South Africa and Nigeria.In all likelihood the French Ambassador made this tweet while being sure that the UNSC resolution on the renewal of MINURSO’s mandate will be adopted by consensus as has been the case in recent years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Management group warns rental rates increasing this year in Calgary

CALGARY (660 NEWS)- A new report predicts residential rental rates will be going up this year in Calgary.Property management group Hope Street said the average advertised price for all rentals has increased 13 per cent to $1, 671 a month.That’s compared to September 2018 when the average price was $1,481 a month.READ MORE: Mortgage risks fading thanks to higher rates, tougher rulesPresident and CEO of Hope Street Shamon Kereshi said if you’re a renter, now might be a good time to lock in a rate for the long term.“They’re meant to be for 12 or 24 months, or what not. The trends are telling us in the coming spring and summer seasons, those rates will be going up when we look at listing data.”Kereshi said that vacancy rates are also inching down as a result of the new mortgage rules.READ MORE: A rough real estate market in Calgary“People who were qualified to buy their first house or families that were qualified to move into a slightly larger house are no longer qualified to do that because the mortgage rules have become stricter. As a result, the houses they were hoping to buy, they can no longer afford to buy or no longer get approved to buy.” read more

Morocco’s Islamic ‘Participatory’ Banks: 71 Agencies and MAD 1.1 Billion in…

Rabat- Since the launch of Islamic “participatory” banks in July 2017, more than 71 agencies have joined the non-interest banking program throughout Morocco.“We are at more than 71 participating agencies. They are continuously multiplying,” said Abdellatif Jouahri, the governor of Bank Al Maghrib (Morocco’s central bank), after the second quarterly meeting in 2018 of the bank’s board. The participating banks have granted a total of MAD 1.1 billion in loans, he added.Jouahri highlighted the special interest that murabaha (Islamic financing) is especially attractive for both real estate and automobile customers. “People are more and more interested in the real estate murabaha and even the automobile murabaha.” Similarly, the governor stressed that Morocco is preparing to issue its first sukuks (Islamic bonds) in July 2018 which will complement the services offered by participatory banks.Meanwhile, Jouahri said that Morocco’s central bank has already begun to receive the first sharia compliant reports of Islamic “participatory” banks, ensuring that the central bank keeps notifying “banks that have not yet released their reports” and that “things are progressing and setting up little by little.”While the order approving the takaful (Islamic insurance) circular has already been finalized, the legislative texts are still being finalized. Jouahri said, “The takaful is in its final phase, which is to change certain provisions of the insurance code.” He ironically added “We assure you that we have even made the Ulema [Islamic scholars] work on Saturdays and Sundays to speed things up.”After reviewing the participatory banks’ achievements, Jouahri praised the various steps taken by this major project, in particular the validation of many legislative texts by Morocco’s Higher Council of Ulema. read more

Sri Lankans among migrants rescued at sea in the Mediterranean

Rescuers pulled 700 boat migrants to safety in the Mediterranean and found 23 bodies during one operation on Friday, an Italian coastguard spokesman said, the second loss of multiple lives recorded in the area so far this week. A Spanish ship deployed in the European Union’s Operation Sophia naval mission recovered the dead, along with 64 survivors, from a sinking rubber boat, the mission said on its Facebook page. An unspecified number of Sri Lankans were among migrants rescued at sea in the Mediterranean, the Reuters news agency reported today. “A tough day in the Central Mediterranean Sea,” the Facebook post said, adding the rescues had started in the early morning.Six rescue operations were carried out in total on Friday, the spokesman said, making it one of the busiest days for rescues in recent months. Seven people were found dead and 900 saved on Wednesday. The Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti was heading for the southern port of Reggio Calabria with 764 rescued migrants on board, the ANSA news agency said in a report confirmed by the coast guard spokesman.Diciotti was also carrying eight dead bodies, ANSA said. It was not clear if they had been among those recovered by the Spanish ship.Those rescued were originally from Sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Libya, Bangladesh, Algeria, Egypt, Nepal, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, ANSA said. In the Aegean Sea on Friday, three people drowned, six were known to be missing and scores of others were rescued while trying to reach Greece. read more

In solemn tributes UN to mark first anniversary of deadly terror attack

One year after what has been called one of the darkest days in United Nations history, the UN will hold solemn observances on Thursday in memory of the victims of a deadly terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 people, including top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. In Geneva, Secretary-General Kofi Annan will address a solemn event, which will be simulcast to the ceremonies in New York and Amman, Jordan, with all participants pausing for a minute of silence to honour the victims of the bombing. There will also be a ceremony in Baghdad and commemorative events in various cities across the globe.The attack on the Canal Hotel, in which more than 100 people were injured, forced the UN to drastically scale back its international presence in Iraq, but the world body has continued to provide relief aid and support the political transition in the country.The security and safety of all UN staff will remain the “overarching guiding principle” for all UN activities in Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in his latest report to the Security Council. Based on a “careful assessment of what is feasible and advisable against the evolving reality on the ground,” he stressed, the UN will continue supporting the country’s people as they lay the foundations of a new Iraq. Webcast of 19 August events read more

UNs top envoy to Kosovo urges higher profile for women in political

Søren Jessen-Petersen made his remarks during a meeting with Kosovo women leaders at the headquarters of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), where he invited those present to advocate with local decision-makers and leaders of parties to change the mindset that has excluded women from the political arena.“Women should play a more significant role in the political life in Kosovo. They have a lot to bring to the table, including to the negotiating one. Their views should be taken into account by those who are discussing the future of Kosovo in Vienna,” he said, referring to talks on the province’s future status. Mr. Jessen-Petersen also appealed to the Kosovo women leaders to enhance reconciliation among all Kosovo communities. read more

Loblaw to open 700 Joe Fresh stores as it works to replenish

TORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) plans to unveil about 700 Joe Fresh stores in the U.S. next year as Canada’s largest grocery chain works to ramp up sales of its hip fashion line to help bolster earnings that dropped by 19 per cent in its most recent quarter.Loblaw’s Joe Fresh clothing brand announced Wednesday it has formed a partnership with U.S. retailer J.C. Penney Co. (NYSE: JCP) to open 700 stores in the U.S. in 2013 that will run for four years.The move comes amid a massive overhaul of Loblaw’s information technology and supply chain software system that is set to cost the company billions. The capital intensive roll out, along with a hyper-competitive grocery market in Canada, has eaten into its bottom line.Loblaw reported second-quarter net earnings of $159 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, down almost 19 per cent from the $197 million earned in the same period in 2011. That missed analysts’ calls for earnings of 62 cents per share by five cents.Shares fell 1.5 per cent or 47 cents to close at $31.45 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“While I’m not happy that earnings are down, we are on plan,” said Loblaw president Vicente Trius on a conference call Wednesday.He noted that the market remained tough in the second quarter as grocers competed fiercely for customers who are keeping a close eye on their wallets.“With continuing concerns for the global economy, consumer confidence slipped for the quarter,” he said.Revenue came in at $7.37 billion for the period ended June 16, an increase of 1.3 per cent from the $7.28 billion over the second quarter of 2011. Retail sales and same-stores sales grew 1.1 per cent and 0.2 per cent respectively.The U.S. expansion of the Joe Fresh stores, set to open next April, coincides with the final stages of Loblaw’s continued investment in the infrastructure overhaul.Still, Trius said he is not concerned that the expansion will add to the company’s expenses.“It is an opportunity to leverage our brand across almost 700 stores…(with) limited financial risk and it has no capital. It’s a wholesale arrangement but where we control the brand and it is actually accretive from the start,” said Loblaw president Vicente Trius on a call Wednesday to discuss lower second-quarter earnings.“No cost of capital and very low incremental expense. You might need a few people to manage, you know, but it’s very very simple.”BMO analyst Peter Sklar seemed to agree, saying the deal “is largely a wholesale arrangement with limited risk for Loblaw.”The chain first pushed into the competitive U.S. landscape last year with a flagship store in Manhattan and already has six in the U.S. in addition to 300 stores in Canada.The brand has been generating a lot of buzz among the fashonista crowd for its on-trend but budget-friendly pieces, but during its most recent quarter saw flat sales compared to a year ago.“We feel positive about our start-up in the U.S. with our stores in Manhattan and let’s say that we are right on target with our expectations,” Trius said.Adjusted earnings per share were in line with analysts’ estimates of 60 cents but below BMO analysts’ estimate of 67 cents, said Sklar in a research note.Sklar attributes the earnings miss to higher expenses, which Loblaw management explained was due to foreign exchange losses and marketing costs related to their acquisition of Zellers prescription files. But he was also impressed with underlying trends at the chain.“Thematically, we found that the second quarter offered more of the same. Loblaw continues to experience declining gross margin trends and at the same time is unable to gain any meaningful traction on food tonnage,” he wrote.Loblaw warned that full-year earnings will be lower than in 2011, as its operations aren’t growing at a rate fast enough to cover the IT and supply chain investment.“We remain confident that our ongoing investments in infrastructure, including the completion of our IT implementation, will enable efficiencies and expense leverage to drive future earnings growth,” said chairman Galen Weston Jr.Loblaw, a subsidiary of George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN), operates more than 1,000 stores across Canada under numerous banners, including Great Canadian Super Store, Provigo, No Frills and Atlantic Superstore.The company employs 138,000 full- and part-time workers.The company is also converting some of its Ontario stores from a conventional format to a discount format.Canada’s grocery companies are in stiff competition against each other as well as other types of retailers that offer food items, including U.S.-based department store chain Walmart and Toronto-based Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC).The Sobeys grocery chain owned by Empire Co. Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) of Stellarton, N.S., has joined forces with U.S. department store operator Target, which will also offer food in its Canadian stores when they open. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 6:51 pm MDT Loblaw to open 700 Joe Fresh stores as it works to replenish flagging earnings read more

Mormon churchowned Utah NBC affiliate to again air firstrun Saturday Night Live

Mormon church-owned Utah NBC affiliate to again air first-run Saturday Night Live episodes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Brady McCombs, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 1:29 pm MDT SALT LAKE CITY – A Mormon church-owned NBC television station in Utah plans to begin airing first-run Saturday Night Live episodes this fall after years of refusing to air the popular comedy show.KSL-TV’s Tami Ostmark says the move is part of a plan to make the station’s lineup stronger and improve its relationship with NBC.KSL-TV is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has not aired certain shows over the years due to violent or inappropriate content. But Ostmark says content was never the issue with SNL. She says the station didn’t want to bump a popular sports show that aired at the same time.First-run episodes of Saturday Night Live have previously aired on Utah’s CW30 affiliate, KUCW.KSL-TV announced the decision Wednesday on its Facebook page. read more

Oscar Pistorius fined for unpaid taxes report

first_imgOSCAR PISTORIUS WAS audited and fined for unpaid taxes after having to declare his assets during his bail hearing, a South African newspaper reported Sunday as the Olympian prepares for his first court appearance in nearly four months.The City Press newspaper said that the South African Revenue Service fined the double-amputee runner “less than one million rand” (under $105,000), which he paid.Pistorius’ uncle, Arnold Pistorius, said “Oscar is tax compliant” in a brief statement to The Associated Press, without elaborating further on any of the details of the report.Oscar Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder for the Valentine’s Day shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his house in Pretoria in the pre-dawn hours, and will appear in court on 4 June for what prosecutors say will be a brief hearing while the police investigation of his killing of Steenkamp continues.He denies murder and says he shot Steenkamp in error after mistaking her for an intruder in his home.The 26-year-old Pistorius declared in a court affidavit during his application to be freed on bail in February that he earned around $630,000 a year and owned three houses and a vacant plot in South Africa with a combined value of nearly $1 million.The City Press said he owns another house in Johannesburg, which the newspaper claims he bought for 9.8 million rand ($1.02 million) this year. That house was not declared as part of his assets in his affidavit. City Press did not say if that house was bought before or after the killing of Steenkamp at Pistorius’ $500,000 Pretoria villa, which Pistorius said was his main residence.Suspended dealsMuch of Pistorius’ income is believed to have come from big-name sponsors Nike and eyewear company Oakley, which suspended their deals with the Paralympic champion after he was charged with murder.His family has denied previous media reports that he is facing financial ruin because of spiraling legal costs, saying in a statement in March that those legal bills, while huge, were “under control.”“While the family doesn’t deny that Oscar’s legal expenses are massive and that he has sold off some of his investments, including his racehorses … Oscar will evaluate the cost situation on a day-to-day basis and make decisions as required.”Pistorius, now free on $113,000 bail, also has decided to step away from competition for the rest of the year to focus on his upcoming trial, which is likely to be long and expensive for him and where he will face a life sentence in prison with a minimum of 25 years before parole if convicted of premeditated murder in Steenkamp’s killing.Taking its tollOne of Pistorius’ teammates from last year’s London Olympics, LJ van Zyl, said in Britain that the Blade Runner’s case and his absence from track competition also was taking a heavy toll on South African athletics and its other athletes.“If Oscar is at the competition, the South African stadium is full and now that has gone,” said Van Zyl, who ran with Pistorius on South Africa’s 4×400 relay team in the Olympic final in London and trained at the same track as the double-amputee in Pretoria. “So athletics is really taking a dip now he is off the track. In the beginning it was really tough for every one of us.”“It was media crazy at the track. Now it’s still painful for all the athletes. It’s sad, but I try to focus on my thing,” he said.Van Zyl said he was planning to travel and stay with Pistorius in Manchester for Saturday’s Great City Games before Pistorius had to cancel all his competitions in the wake of Steenkamp’s death and his murder charge.“I get like a weird, sorry feeling and I also miss Oscar,” Van Zyl said. “We planned to stay together here and also travel to Manchester and now it’s all gone.”Prosecutors say Pistorius’ 4 June court hearing, the first since bail proceedings and his first public appearance in nearly four months, will likely take less than 10 minutes and the case will be postponed until a date in August while police continue to gather and analyse evidence and identify and interview witnesses.Oscar Pistorius’ brother acquitted of killing woman in road crashOscar Pistorius spending time with Reeva Steenkamp’s friends while on baillast_img read more

Obésité New York va interdire les boissons sucrées de plus dun demilitre

first_imgObésité : New York va interdire les boissons sucrées de plus d’un demi-litreHier, Michael Bloomberg, le maire de New York, a annoncé qu’il souhaitait interdire la vente de boissons sucrées et de sodas de plus d’un demi-litre dans les restaurants et les cinémas. Il souhaite ainsi lutter activement contre l’obésité galopante.Depuis 10 ans, New York cherche à lutter contre l’obésité. Un certain nombre de lois étaient déjà mises en place : les restaurants de la ville et les enseignes de restauration rapide doivent faire figurer les calories sur leurs menus, en face de chaque plat et boisson, les snacks et boissons trop riches ont été limités dans les distributeurs publics, les acides gras trans-artificiels ont été interdits dans les restaurants et mille permis ont été délivrés pour la vente dans les rues de fruits et légumes crus.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par ailleurs, des campagnes de sensibilisation incitent les New-Yorkais à réduire leurs portions. A l’automne dernier, la mairie avait expliqué que 60 centilitres de soda par jour représentaient 22 kilos de sucre par an. Or, la norme pour les sodas dans les distributeurs est passée de 20 à 35 puis à 47 centilitres en 30 ans. “Il n’est pas rare de voir de jeunes Américains avec des verres de soda qui font près d’un litre”, souligne M. Bloomberg. Des études ont par ailleurs montré que si les portions étaient plus petites, les gens consommaient moins.Les boissons sucrées, qui coûtent souvent moins cher que l’eau minérale et dont les grands gobelets sont à peine plus onéreux que les petits, est l’une des causes identifiées du problème de l’obésité. Or, “il y a une épidémie dans ce pays de gens trop gros, le pourcentage de la population obèse monte en flèche. Nous devons faire quelque chose”, a ainsi expliqué Michael Bloomberg sur MSNBC. En effet, selon la mairie, 58% des adultes à New York sont obèses ou en surpoids, et ce problème touche également 40% des enfants des écoles publiques. Or, ces derniers, a déclaré M. Bloomberg, consomment en moyenne trois boissons sucrées par jour et 30% des adultes en boivent au moins une par jour. Une limite à 47 cl pour 2013 Quant aux dépenses liées au diabète, elles coûtent des milliards de dollars en frais de santé et la maladie tue plus de 5.000 adultes new-yorkais chaque année. Une nouvelle mesure vient donc d’être prise. Les boissons autres que les jus de fruit et celles estampillées “sans sucres” de plus d’un demi-litre vont être interdites à la vente dans les restaurants et les cinémas. L’objectif avoué de la mairie est de faire passer d’ici à 2016 de 30 à 20% le pourcentage d’adultes consommant une boisson sucrée par jour. La limite à 47 centilitres pourrait ainsi prendre effet dès mars 2013.Le 1 juin 2012 à 16:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Télévision les spectateurs connectés en hausse

first_imgTélévision : les “spectateurs connectés” en hausseSelon une étude publiée par le centre de recherche Pew, il y aurait de plus en plus de personnes jonglant entre écrans aux États-Unis, le smartphone jouant de support complémentaire aux programmes regardés à la télévision par exemple.”Telespectateurs connectés”, un terme avec lequel il faudra compter dorénavant. Il s’agit de personnes utilisant leur smartphone pour compléter leur expérience télévisuelle, qu’il s’agisse pour obtenir des informations complémentaires ou pour vérifier ce qui est dit ou afficher durant leurs programmes.D’après l’étude du centre de recherche Pew et relayée par l’édition numérique de l’Express, 52 % des américains du nord ayant un téléphone portable sont des “téléspectateurs connectés”. En détail, 38 % d’entre eux utilisent leurs smartphones pour s’occuper pendant une pause publicitaire pendant que 23 % envoient des SMS à des amis regardant la même émission, et 20 % utiliseront leurs téléphones pour aller sur un site internet dont il est fait mention à la télévision.D’autres parts, moins significatives, utilisent leurs mobiles pour enregistrer un vote pour une émission de télé-réalité ou pour lire les commentaires postés sur l’émission qu’ils sont en train de regarder.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Et ce type de comportement est proportionnel à la jeunesse du panel. Par tranche d’âge, cette étude révèle que 81 % des 18-24 ans sont des “téléspectateurs connectés”, la moitié chez les 25-44 ans, et un petit peu moins de 50 % chez les 45-55 ans.”Grâce à l’adoption très répandue des technologies mobiles, (la télévision), qui était autrefois un flux passif d’informations à sens unique, est souvent maintenant une activité de contact social (…) Les téléspectateurs utilisent ces appareils pour découvrir d’autres gens qui partagent leurs passions, pour s’exprimer sur les programmes qui retiennent leur attention et pour aller [au-delà de l’émission] afin de trouver plus d’informations sur ce qu’ils ont vu”, explique Aaron Smith, co-auteur de l’étude.Enfin, on notera également de cette étude que la technologie lié au téléphone est également une donnée importante : 74 % des “spectateurs connectés” utilisaient des smartphones, alors qu’un quart d’entre eux utilisent des appareils plus modestes.Le 19 juillet 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more