Stepan Lifts Rangers in Debut

first_imgNEW YORK — Eric Staal hardly had a storybook debut with the New York Rangers: no goals and not a lot of big plays.The 31-year-old forward had to settle for a win, courtesy of Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta.Stepan’s short-handed goal snapped a tie with 2:48 to play and Raanta preserved the win with a last-second save to lead the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.“It’s been a lot of fun coming here and joining this group,” said Staal, who has not been on a playoff team since 2009. “It’s a great group of guys that made me feel real welcome right off the bat. It feels real nice to get the win — that’s what we’re focused on here as a group.”Staal, acquired in a trade with Carolina on Sunday, had one shot on goal and his failure to get the puck out of his zone in the waning seconds forced Raanta to make a crucial stop.“Everybody saw the size and puck protection capabilities as he gets more comfortable with the group,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Every time you add a new piece, you change the dynamics of the group. You got a guy here who comes in and was a captain. He is going to help our leadership group, and we just need to give him a little bit of time to get used to the environment.”Mats Zuccarello also scored and Raanta made 26 saves in giving the Rangers their 13th win in 18 games (13-4-1). Henrik Lundqvist’s backup denied Cam Atkinson on the doorstep with less than a second remaining to preserve the victory.Atkinson scored his 20th goal of the season and Joonas Korpisalo had 22 saves for Columbus, which finished 7-3-3 in February.Stepan gave the Rangers the lead on a partial breakaway while Eric’s brother, Marc Staal, was in the penalty box. Raanta made it stand up with a pad save on Atkinson just before the final horn. Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray put in the rebound but it came after time ran out.Raanta wasn’t sure whether the goal counted, but his teammates quickly told him it was late.“I thought it was in,” Murray said. “I didn’t hear the horn. The adrenaline was going I guess, but I didn’t hear it.”Eric Staal was the initial focus of this game, after being obtained for prospect Aleksi Saarela and two second-round draft picks.The Rangers hope Eric Staal will provide scoring for another Stanley Cup run, and he was cheered almost every time he touched the puck in the early going. He started out centering the third line, played left wing on the first line in the third period and finished with almost 16 minutes of ice time. He had one outstanding scoring chance, a second-period shot from the left circle that Korpisalo hugged to his chest.While Staal had the attention of the Madison Square Garden crowd, the game turned out to be a tight-checking affair in which the goalies were the best players, although Stepan and Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh made the biggest play in the game.After the Rangers totally shut down a Blue Jackets power play, McDonagh chopped the puck out of his zone and Stepan collected it at the Columbus blue line. He skated in on Korpisalo, gave him a pump-fake with his leg and then cut across the crease to put the puck in an open net.“It was a great play by Mac,” Stepan said. “I am able to jump up in a situation where it’s just me and the goaltender. Originally I was going to shoot it. I took a look up and took my chances trying to beat him to the back pipe.”Raanta nursed a 1-0 lead into the third period until Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi made a horrible cross-ice pass at the point that Atkinson intercepted, giving him a clear run at the net.Raanta stopped the initial shot but Atkinson slammed home the rebound to tie it.Minutes later, Korpisalo denied Kevin Hayes on a breakaway.“I thought we did a lot of good things,” said Columbus coach John Tortorella, the Rangers’ bench boss before Vigneault. “I thought we defended well. Again, neither team got too many scoring chances, but they found a way to win.”The Blue Jackets outshot the Rangers 13-8 in the first period and had the better of play, but they trailed 1-0 thanks to Zuccarello.Playing what was an extended shift, he took a pass from Dan Boyle, circled the net and banked in a shot off the skate of Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout for his 21st goal of the season.NOTES: This was the first time the Rangers had brothers in the lineup since Chris and Peter Ferraro on March 7, 1997, at Anaheim. … Columbus captain Nick Foligno played in his 600th NHL game. … Rangers forward Jesper Fast was out with the flu, so defenseman Dylan McIlrath skated on the fourth line as a right wing. He also got into a second-period fight with Jared Boll. … This was the Blue Jackets’ fifth game in eight days. … Boyle picked up his 599th career point on Zuccarello’s goal. … The Rangers’ 10-3-1 record in February matched a franchise best for the month.TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoMerson: Liverpool can end title race in week’s time

first_imgMerson: Liverpool can end title race in week’s timeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Liverpool can win the Premier League title in a week’s time.Merson believes if Liverpool win at the Etihad Stadium next month, a seven-point lead would be too much for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to overturn.He said, “Leicester vs Manchester City is a big game and a must-win game for City, who are in trouble now as they are four points behind Liverpool.”I mean it has now got down to the situation whereby if Liverpool win at City in a week’s time – it is all over.”So this is a big game for City and a hard one as Leicester can cause you problems But because they have to win, I think they will, but Saturday’s result will have knocked the stuffing out of them and Man City have now lost two of their last three league games.”And before that it looked like they would never ever lose a game, but I see them just winning this one to stay on the coat tails of Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoRodgers plays down Leicester top-four chances

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rodgers plays down Leicester top-four chancesby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers has played down Leicester City’s chances of breaking into the top-four.The Foxes were in scintillating form in Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.The win leaves the 2016 Premier League title winners in third place, but Rodgers has cooled expectations of his side.”It’s very early in the season,” said the Northern Irishman.”We know it’s a big ask because of all the other clubs that have been regulars there. We are only really focusing on how we play, looking at our performance levels.” last_img read more

Texas Safety Commit Jamile Johnson Seems Unphased By Tim Irvin’s Flip To Auburn

first_imgTexas lost All-American Tim Irvin to Auburn after an official visit to the SEC power over the weekend, but one of the Longhorns’ other highly touted defensive back recruits doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Jamile Johnson, a three-star safety from Dallas, tweeted about Irvin’s flip, and doesn’t seem worried about the loss.So Tim Irvin is Gone Huh ! Cool ! #HookEm— Badger Jr. #⃣3⃣ (@MilJohnson) January 18, 2015Johnson’s also been retweeting numerous Texas fans’ words of encouragement after the news. miljohnsonRTTexas’ recruiting class is currently ranked 12th in the nation, even after the recent string of decommitments. All things considered, Charlie Strong is doing a good job of replenishing the talent in Austin.last_img read more

Using theatre as a tool for holistic growth

first_imgThe play Abinoshwar is performed by Articoll – the Theatre Group of AICURD, an NGO that has consistently been pursuing its aim to improve the quality of life of marginalised sections of population through community-based programmes of poverty alleviation and socio-economic empowerment with added attention towards Elementary Education, Health and Training for income generating activities, since 1985.Articoll Theatre Group uses Theatre learning as a tool for holistic growth and development and provides it free of cost for its home students who take computer training in the free computer training centre of AICURD. It also conducts regular classes and workshops with eminent visiting faculty from the theatre fraternity. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn December 20, 2018, Articoll started highlighting issues of ‘Youth Struggle’ with its original play ‘Arthur’ which is written and directed by Janani Ray. Articoll’s next original production ‘Simar’ which is a devised musical short play, written and directed by Janani Ray, Choreographed by Umesh Bisht and Madhumita Sen, was presented at the 18th Dilli Bangla Boi Mela (18th Delhi Bengali Book Fair) 2019. Articoll is now out with its third show in the series of productions based on ‘Youth Struggle’ and this is their last of the series. On August 14, 2019, ‘Abinoshwar’ was staged at the Muktadhara Auditorium at 7 pm. Award winning renowned Theatre Director Rabishankar Kar has directed the play, with co-directors Sachin Bisht and Janani Ray, and the play is written by the Amra Kajon Theatre Group. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe story focuses on a teenager who is burdened by his father’s dreams. Abinoshwar is forced to join the rat race towards becoming a doctor and leave Benaras to live far away from home in order to pursue his training at XL Coaching Institute. The stark difference between the two worlds create unforeseen and extremely disorienting circumstances for Abi and his strength to move on is jolted. Abinoshwar moved people with its flawless performances and received many compliments from the audience. Shri Niloy Roy, Dean, Shri Ram Centre, graced the occasion as Guest of Honor. He congratulated and complimented the entire team for putting up a highly successful show. The cast of the play includes Akash Rajput as Abinoshwar Majhi, Abhishek as Deveshwar Majhi, Asma as Kamla Majhi, Promila as Sangita Majhi, Moin Sultan as Alok Kumar Bhattacharjee, Siddharth as Dr Pradhan, to name a few.last_img read more

North Dakota sweeps OSU in 2 physical matchups

The No. 8 North Dakota women’s hockey team swept Ohio State this weekend, winning two physical games by a goal each. OSU coach Jackie Barto sees these close losses as a positive, knowing her team is just one step away from getting over the top. “I thought we competed hard and played six good periods this weekend,” Barto said. The Buckeyes (14-14-2, 8-14-2-2 WCHA) have lost three games to the Fighting Sioux (17-8-3, 15-7-2-0 WCHA) by one goal this season, losing Friday, 4-3, in overtime and Saturday, 3-2. “We need to take that step and get over that last hurdle in these games,” Barto said. “Stay positive, keep working and keep getting after it.” On Saturday the Buckeyes led North Dakota in shots, 32-31, but failed to cash in on five power-play opportunities. “The power play never really got settled,” Barto said. “It’s a combination of winning face-offs, winning battles, outnumbering the puck, having good retrieval skills and then having the poise to set your power play up under pressure.” The referees had to break up a number of skirmishes over the weekend after a few big hits and several rushes on goal left players down on the ice. “We knew we were in a war and we had to battle,” Barto said. “North Dakota’s a physical team and the refs let them play.” Junior forward Laura McIntosh continued to shine, adding two more points to her career assists record and cashing in a goal this weekend. With the Buckeyes down, 1-0, on Saturday, McIntosh led a three-on-one breakaway that featured a nifty pass across the crease to junior defenseman Kelly Wild, who passed it back across the crease where sophomore forward Paige Semenza buried the puck in the net to tie the game. “When everyone gets involved it’s good for the team,” McIntosh said. “I think this weekend we played really well and a lot of people were involved.” The Buckeyes ran out of time in both games, though, as North Dakota scored with seconds left in overtime Friday night, and the Buckeyes failed to score in the third period Saturday. “Getting down to the end of the season we’re just gonna have to keep working hard,” McIntosh said. “Other teams know that we work hard, so if we keep doing that and battling through we’ll be good the rest of the way.” The Buckeyes host Minnesota Duluth (16-7-3, 14-7-3 WCHA) at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. “We need to keep our heads up,” senior defenseman Shannon Reilly said. “We played two awesome games this weekend and we didn’t get the bounces we wanted. I think that we can carry how hard everyone worked and gave 110 percent on every shift into next weekend and then the following weekend to come.” read more

Tyler Engle leads Ohio State baseball pushes young teammates

With the Ohio State baseball team coming into the 2011 season with a new coaching staff and six first-time starters in the lineup, it’s imperative that there be senior leadership. Although senior shortstop Tyler Engle came into the year with the most games played for the team, he, like most of his teammates, struggled out of the gate. Engle has played in 190 games for OSU, starting 186. He made his first appearance as a Buckeye in the third game of the season against Seton Hall in 2008. He played his first game as the shortstop two games later, and took over as the starting shortstop that same year, March 9 against Connecticut. Through 18 games this year, OSU had an 8-10 record and was heading into Big Ten play with a weekend series against Northwestern. Engle went 1-for-3 as the Buckeyes had just defeated Xavier, 4-1, in OSU’s home opener. To that point, Engle was batting .214 and had racked up nine errors — both uncharacteristic numbers for the four-year starter. Before this season, Engle was a .252 career hitter and was coming off his best defensive season with just 10 errors. About the time of the Xavier game, Engle said he re-evaluated his season and decided it was time to step up his game as he had done many times for the Scarlet and Gray. He said he knew his days as a Buckeye were numbered. “It kind of hit me that I was having a rough year, and it’s about to end,” Engle said. “I only had so many days left to play as a Buckeye and play ball.” Coach Greg Beals agreed. “They can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and they’re trying to push that light further and further away,” Beals said. “They want to play as long as they can, and they’re just playing with great determination.” As Big Ten play began, Engle became a threat with his bat at the bottom of the lineup. He had the second-highest batting average on the team and the highest among Big Ten shortstops this year, .353 against conference opponents. “My approach is different at the plate,” he said. “I like to be more patient than I used to be. I was scared of striking out, and now they’re a part of the game.” Beals said Engle and senior third baseman Matt Streng’s second half of the season made an impact on the team’s young lineup. During that time, Engle raised his batting average to .275, which is tied for fourth on the team. “We need that leadership,” Beals said. “We need those seniors to pull the younger guys that don’t have that experience yet. If you look back four weeks in the season, it has been a huge boost to us.” Engle’s performance in Big Ten games is one of many reasons the Buckeyes were able to get back into the conference tournament a year after they barely missed playing in it. Engle said last year was disappointing and that, although several people counted out OSU early in the season, he is thankful to the coaching staff for keeping the team focused enough to play until the end. “We have a lot of young guys playing, and as a team we have never really thought that way,” Engle said. “The coaches would not allow us to get that way. They deserve a lot of credit for getting our minds right.” The Buckeyes begin the Big Ten Tournament at 12:05 p.m. today against Minnesota, and, for most of the team, it will be the first time playing postseason ball at the Division I level. It will be Engle’s sixth conference tournament game. Engle hails from the small town of Beverly, Ohio, about two hours southeast of Columbus. Playing at a big university such as OSU was a big deal for his hometown. When he signed with the Scarlet and Gray four years ago, it was front-page news in The Marietta Times. He said there would be a big Beverly crowd in the stands at Huntington Park and that he is happy his friends and family will be there. “It’s just a great atmosphere,” Engle said. read more

Spartans spoil Ohio States home win streak beat Buckeyes

The Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season Saturday, as Michigan State out-muscled the Buckeyes for a 58-48 win. The loss snapped a 39-game home win streak for OSU and dropped the Buckeyes into a tie atop the Big Ten standings. The Buckeyes struggled shooting all night and the Spartans found their edge inside, totaling 14 offensive rebounds for the game. OSU’s 48-point output was their lowest of the season. “I feel fortunate because I think they missed some shots they normally make,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said after the game. “Defensively we were as good as we’ve been all year.” MSU senior forward Draymond Green and sophomore center Adreian Payne dominated, combining for each of the Spartans’ first 15 points. It wasn’t until 9:12 remaining in the first half that another MSU player scored a bucket when sophomore Keith Appling hit a 3-pointer to give his team the 18-14 advantage. OSU went on a 3:46 scoring drought that saw MSU take an 8-point lead in the opening period. Sophomore guard Aaron Craft broke the streak with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Jared Sullinger cut the lead to three. The Spartans continued to have success in the paint. Payne followed an MSU miss with his second tip-slam of the game and Sullinger had the ball poked away on the inside on the other end. The turnover by Sullinger — his fifth of the game — occurred with OSU trailing 33-25 with under a minute remaining in the half. An acrobatic layup by Appling gave MSU a 35-25 lead at intermission. “We looked out of synch,” Sullinger said of the Buckeyes’ first-half performance. “We didn’t run our offense.” The Buckeyes cut MSU’s lead to four at one point in the second half, but couldn’t get closer. OSU tried to work the ball into Sullinger down low throughout the final 20 minutes, but the Buckeyes’ big man continued to struggle finding his touch. Sullinger finished the game on 5-of-15 shooting. The rest of the Buckeyes didn’t fare much better as the team connected on just one of their first nine shots of the half. OSU head coach Thad Matta said the shots just weren’t falling. “We opened up the second half. We got the ball at the rim,” Matta said. “We’re getting fouled and it just wasn’t going in.” The Spartans’ lead swelled to 12, but an alley-oop finished by senior guard William Buford brought the sold-out crowd to its feet and cut the lead to 10 with 14:37 remaining. After an Appling layup with 11:48 remaining, the Buckeye defense stepped up and MSU was held scoreless for the next six minutes. Sullinger was able to put in a bucket from the left block and bring OSU’s deficit down to six, 44-38. He then connected again on a baseline jumper to bring OSU within four, but poor shooting killed any chance of an OSU comeback victory — the Buckeyes shot 26 percent from the floor and 13.3 percent from behind the arc. A layup by Green and pair of free throws by Appling again put MSU up by double digits and OSU never threatened again. Sullinger finished the game with 17 points and 16 rebounds, but also had 10 turnovers. He said MSU’s double team gave him trouble. “I wasn’t expecting the double because that’s not what Michigan State shows if you look at the film,” Sullinger said. “They had a great game plan and they stick to their system and that’s what happens when you stick to the system.” Craft added 15 points and was the only other Buckeye to finish in double figures. Payne was the high scorer for the Spartans finishing with 15 points, hitting all six of his shots. The loss drops OSU’s record to 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference. Matta said his team needs to move forward. “It’s got to be a learning experience for a relatively young basketball team,” Matta said. “You’ve got to stay together. You’re still sitting atop the conference. As a I told them, we’ll see what kind of team we have tomorrow.” OSU next travels to Minnesota where to take on the Golden Gophers Feb. 14. Tip is for 9 p.m. read more

Delph says long days are not a problem for the England

first_imgFabian Delph recently claimed that the lack of darkness where the English international team are staying is not a problem to anyone despite such rumours already being spread.The Three Lions squad is based on the Gulf of Finland in a rather small and quiet town, 30 miles away from St Petersburg.The Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph claimed he himself doesn’t have any problems with the long days – the sun sets around midnight and rises back up at 3.30 AM where the team has been situated.“We’re sleeping fine, we’ve got a great team here,” Delph said, according to BT Sport.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We’ve got our own mattresses and our own pillows. We got used to them at St George’s Park. It’s a home from home.”“When we arrived in the hotel there were a lot of homely things. We brought home comforts – pictures of our families, I had my Yorkshire Tea bags. It’s just like being in Yorkshire, really!”“The curtains are not bad, we’re not getting much light in my bedroom,” Delph went on to add.last_img read more

BEACHES RESORT ATMOSPHERE FOR STAFF APPREHENSIVE SINCE POLYGRAPHS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Dec 2014 – Beaches Resort Villages and Spa claims it is protecting itself and its guests by running polygraph tests across its resorts in the region. The Turks and Caicos property was not exempt and weeks after the lie detector test interviews were done; there have reportedly been terminations. Stephen Hector, the Global PR Executive for the resort explained that the effort is on a specific group and denied that there has been any mass layoffs at the property. After running our initial report last night; there have been more comments to Magnetic Media about this matter… workers who say the atmosphere at the property has shifted tremendously; an apprehensive mood as the reported ‘let gos’ are sudden and appears to have happened to individuals who voluntarily participated in the polygraph tests. Participation was not mandatory; but said a few to us, it was strongly suggested to be better for their futures at the resort. We will reach out again to Mr. Hector. Meanwhile, in the TCI it is not illegal to quiz workers using a polygraph; the information gathered though we understand would not be admissible in a court of law. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beaches resort and spa, polygraph, stephen hector Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beacheslast_img read more

Overwhelming debut for Auntie Fannie book Bradley Handfield

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Connolly claims Premier raising smokescreen Related Items:auntie fannie, BEST institute, book, dervant quant, donation, drexwell seymour, enid capron primary, josephine connolly, lime, pastor bradley handfield, ruth blackman, sean astwood, shining star school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – A thrill for the near 200 students at the launch of a new TCI children’s book the Adventures of Auntie Fannie, Mattie and the Talking Potatoes when Deputy House Speaker, the Hon Josephine Connolly announced everyone there would get a copy of the book written by Bradley Handfield; that she and her family would buy each child their own book. Hon Connolly also bought books for Shining Stars and Best Institute schools. One dozen schools were represented a the book signing and launch this morning and also making generous donations were Hon Sean Astwood and his father, Louis Astwood to Enid Capron Primary in Five Cays; HLB’s Drexwell Seymour making a donation of 20 books among the schools he sponsored, Precious Treasures; Carolyn Murgrove who blessed three different organizations with books including Champions for Christ and Church of God of Prophecy in Blue Hills; Dervant Quant of Precious Memories who gave to the Wesley Methodist School; Hon Ruth Blackman who sponsored books for Iris Stubbs Primary in South Caicos and broadcaster, Damian Wilson who gave to his alma mater, Ona Glinton Primary in Grand Turk. LIME purchased 30 for Oseta Jolly Primary School, Lewellyn Handfield of Lew 1 Shipping gave to Doris Robinson Primary in Middle Caicos; Ianthe Primary School in the Bight, Richmond Hills Preparatory both got donated copies and courtesy of the Assemblies of God Churches – The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, Community Christian Academy received a dozen copies. D&B Auto was a sponsor; so was Shanwell Gardiner of Accu Diagnostics who took care of his old school Adelaide Omeler Primary in Bottle Creek, North Caicos and Premier Rufus Ewing also bought books, his purchases ensured children in Salt Cay and at Provo Primary can read the adventure of Auntie Fannie & Mattie by Bradley Handfield. The event proved an overwhelming success in a season when more and more natives are clamoring for a stronger show of Turks and Caicos culture. Recommended for you Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaignlast_img read more

Carnival urges TCI to spend swifter on sprucing up Grand Turk competition

first_img Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – Carnival Cruise Lines is encouraging the TCI to use that $4 million in the joint fund to speedily improve the look and appeal of the capital, Grand Turk. When the UK Governors of Caribbean Overseas Territories got together in Miami last month, they talked about more than domestic and national security; they talked about each country as a tourism destination. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham said, for the TCI it is about maintaining the edge.“Turks and Caicos is also in an enviable position compared to most of the Caribbean OT’s for cruise ship business. At the end of our meeting I called on senior management at the Carnival Group to hear about latest developments affecting our business in Grand Turk.” The Governor added that, “Not surprisingly Carnival emphasised how important it was for Grand Turk to start using the $4 million plus that we have in the joint TCI Government/Carnival Infrastructure Fund to make our destination a cleaner, more attractive and hassle free destination.” The Governor said the TCI also has some catching up to do when it comes to attracting more European visitors to the territory. Related Items:Carnival Cruise Lines, gordon ‘butch’ stewart, governor peter beckingham, grand turklast_img read more

Hurricane Watch issued for the Southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands

first_img FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #HurricaneWatch, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 5th, 2017 – Nassau – The Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands have been placed under a Hurricane Watch and can feel impact of Hurricane Irma within 48 hours.The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued Alert #3 on Tuesday September 5, 2017 at 12 noon. The potentially catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Irma is moving toward the Leeward Islands.A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.  This includes the islands of Inagua, Acklins and Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Long Cay, Samana Cay, Ragged Island and the Turks and Caicos Islands.A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions could affect the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands within 48 hours.At 11am, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.8 degrees north and longitude 58.4 degrees west or about 225 miles east of Antigua, 920 miles southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 1025 miles Southeast of Inagua, 1080 miles southeast of crooked island and 1363 miles southeast of New Providence.Hurricane Irma is moving toward the west at about 14 mph and this general motion is expected to continue today followed by a turn toward the west-northwesttonight.  On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma is forecast to move over portions of the Leeward Islands tonight and early Wednesday.Maximum sustained winds are near 180 miles per hour with higher gusts.  Irma is an extremely dangerous category five hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category four or five hurricane during the next couple of days.Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles from the center.Residents in the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands should continue to make preparations as they can begin to experience the effects of Hurricane Irma by Thursday afternoon. Residents throughout the remainder of The Bahamas are advised to seriously begin making preparation for Hurricane Irma should the need arise.Extensive flooding can be expected as Irma is forecast to produce up to 6 inches of rainfall.Storm surge up to 10 feet above normal tide can be expected.Small craft operators throughout The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands should begin to seek safe harbour for their vessels. Recommended for you August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

Honigstein Pulisic signing could allow Chelseas profile to grow in the

first_imgJournalist Raphael Honigstein believes the arrival of USA star Christian Pulisic could open up opportunities for Chelsea in the North American marketThe Blues completed a €64m transfer for Pulisic on Wednesday morning and have loaned him back to Borussia Dortmund until the end of this season.The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the exciting prospects in European football following an impressive spell in the Bundesliga with Manchester United and Liverpool having also been linked with moves.But Honigstein believes Chelsea could gain much more than just another great player in Pulisic due to his marketing appeal in the United States.“He’s a real talent and especially if you consider the marketing value as the No 1 American football player of his generation – it’s not a deal that feels expensive,” Honigstein told Sky Sports.“This is a player that a lot of Premier League clubs were interested in, he brings tremendous value when it comes to gaining followers and attention in America, which is a key market for many Premier League clubs for obvious reasons.“He might make it easier for Chelsea to, I would not say sell the club, but maybe exploit different opportunities in America.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“If Roman Abramovich deems that someone else should come in alongside him or maybe he wants to sell the club – all these things make it quite a smart business move, if you will.”The German football expert also believes Dortmund got a great deal for Pulisic considering he had decided to not renew his contract with them.“I think they (Dortmund) got the best out of the deal that was possible for them,” added Honigstein.“Once it became clear that he was not going to renew his contract which runs out in 2020 there was a real danger that he might run down his contract and they would lose him for nothing.“Effectively moving forward that move by a year and still achieving quite a high price should be considered a nice bit of business from Dortmund’s point of view.“But that does not mean the player is not worth it. Once Pulisic decided he would not stay at Dortmund beyond 2020 then really he became a free agent in all but name. Dortmund had to see if they could extract maximum value.“They didn’t have a good hand to deal with initially because the player was adamant he would not stay but as they often do, Dortmund managed to make the most out if it.”last_img read more

Northstar Travel Group Poaches SourceMedias Matt Yorke

first_img“I have known Matt for several years as one of the most innovative and strategic leaders in the digital transformation of media and information companies,” added Kemp. “We are very pleased that Matt is joining us to continue the market leading growth and digital transformation of Northstar.” Matt YorkeSourceMedia CMO Matt Yorke—who just six months ago saw his role expanded to encompass all media sales at the New York-based trade publisher—is now leaving the company after less than two years to join Northstar Travel Group, where he will assume the role of chief digital officer.Yorke joins Northstar as Tom Cintorino, executive VP of digital and a nine-year company veteran, is stepping down to launch a digital media consulting business.“We wish Tom all the best and will be one of his biggest supporters as he builds his own business,” said Northstar chairman and CEO, Tom Kemp, in a statement.The fourth C-level executive to depart SourceMedia in the past nine months, Yorke joined the company early in 2017 after 15 years at IDG Enterprise—where he rose to CEO in 2013—and two shorter stints at agencies OMD USA and DWA Media. Initially tasked with overseeing a shift within the financial industry publisher’s marketing operation to focus more on its digital products and data-driven services, he was given additional oversight of all media sales for the company, including revenue, product, and marketing, a little over a year later.At Secaucus, N.J.-based Northstar—which operates about a dozen print and digital media brands and related events, mostly serving the travel and hospitality spaces—Yorke will be responsible for “strategic digital transformation, marketing services, digital product development, custom content solutions, audience development, customer data management, and digital media sales.”last_img read more

Toyota Kirloskar partners with Uber for vehicle funding

first_imgToyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, on Wednesday announced a partnership with ride-hailing app Uber to offer end-to-end vehicle buying solutions for driver partners.Through this partnership, Toyota’s financial arm Toyota Financial Services India Limited (TFSIN) will provide 90 per cent of on-road funding on Etios and Liva models for first-time drivers, the company said in a statement.The 90 per cent on-road funding scheme encompasses a complete package of vehicle cost, accessories, service packages, registration road tax and insurance. Through this partnership, Toyota will easily be affordable for Uber drivers, which would further add to the growth of the mobility business.The scheme will be applicable till the end of this year. It has been rolled out across all dealerships across the country.”This initiative is another step closer to changing the dynamics of mobility needs of an average Indian and we are glad to be part of it,” N Raja, TKM Director and Senior Vice President (Sales and Marketing) said.According to Uber India President Amit Jain, Toyota vehicles are among the most popular cars on the Uber platform worldwide and the partnership will boost grassroots entrepreneurship in India.The Indian ride-hailing market is burgeoning with growth in smartphone and internet users using ride-sharing services for daily commute. It is expected to clock around $7 billion by 2020.last_img read more

Aid agencies fear for Rohingya relocation plan

first_imgTen Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. ReutersBangladesh has failed to persuade aid agencies to sign up to its plan to move 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island in June, internal documents show, amid fears they could be trapped there at the mercy of cyclones, floods and human traffickers.Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas from neighbouring Myanmar are living in crowded camps in Cox’s Bazar district where they are threatened by flooding, disease and landslides with the monsoon season scheduled to start in the coming weeks.The government of Bangladesh has for months been developing Bhasan Char island as an alternative location. However it has not allowed aid agencies to view conditions, and officials failed during a 4 April briefing to convince them it was safe.The Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), which oversees the camps in Cox’s Bazar under the leadership of the humanitarian agencies’ Strategic Executive Group (SEG), expressed deep caution about the plan.”Basic questions of the island’s habitability remain unanswered,” the ISCG said in an 10 April paper, which has not previously been made public.”Given the incompleteness of information shared by the government, the SEG should avoid the appearance of premature endorsement of the island as a viable alternative,” it said.About 700,000 refugees have crossed into Bangladesh since Rohingya insurgents attacked state security forces on 25 Aug, sparking a military crackdown. Myanmar has repeatedly rejected evidence that its soldiers targeted civilians.Aid agencies are struggling to accommodate the refugees, and a March assessment by UNHCR said 203,000 people at risk of floods and landslides in the largest camp should be relocated.However, in their 4 April briefing, Bangladesh officials said that “land is very scarce”, and “no suitable land is available nearby” the existing camps.Bhasan Char, which means Floating Island, emerged over the past two decades from sediment built up at the mouth of the Meghna River. The government has budgeted $280 million to turn it into a permanent landmass and a temporary home for refugees.Slides from the government presentation, seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, noted that 120 cyclone shelters would be built, along with 13 kilometres (8 miles) of embankments to protect the island from flooding and being washed away.A summary of the 4 April briefing by Canada’s mission to Bangladesh said work was expected to be sufficiently completed by the end of May, and 100,000 refugees brought there in June.In an internal report after the presentation, the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said it remained concerned about whether “proper cyclone and flood preparedness measures” had been put in place, among other risks.”The concentration of a vulnerable population in a restricted environment may lure trafficking networks and extremists to prey on refugees,” said UNHCR.Its report also expressed concern that refugees would not be given a “free and informed choice” to relocate to the island, which might then constitute “arbitrary detention”.The slides – which were presented to humanitarian agencies and diplomats – showed the government is also building office facilities for aid organisations, along with accommodation for refugees and security personnel.Bangladesh has asked the United Nations to “support the relocation” to Bhasan Char, said Fiona MacGregor, a spokeswoman in Cox’s Bazar for the U.N. migration agency IOM.”We are now in discussion over technical details, trying to better understand the conditions,” she said in an email.last_img read more

Netanyahu to be quizzed in graft probe

first_imgBenjamin Netanyahu. Photo: AFPIsraeli police were expected to question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday over whether he illegally accepted gifts from wealthy supporters, media reports said, in a probe shaking the country’s political scene.The long-running inquiry has looked into whether Israeli and foreign businessmen have offered gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars as well as another unspecified issue, according to the reports.Attorney general Avichai Mandelblit has reportedly decided to upgrade the inquiry to a criminal probe, though he has yet to confirm this.Police and Netanyahu’s office declined to comment on Monday.Public radio said Netanyahu has agreed to be questioned at his residence. It was not clear when it would occur, though some reports said it would not be until 7:00 pm (1700 GMT).Screens were mounted at the entrance to the compound in central Jerusalem in an apparent bid to shield the investigators’ arrival.In a Facebook post at the weekend, Netanyahu rejected all allegations against him and said his political opponents and some news outlets wanted to bring down his government.Police have carried out the inquiry in secret over the course of some eight months and recently arrived at an important breakthrough, reports said. Some 50 witnesses are said to have been questioned.In July, Mandelblit said he had ordered a preliminary examination into an unspecified affair involving Netanyahu, with no details given.US billionaire and World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder has been among those questioned in the probe over gifts he allegedly gave Netanyahu and alleged spending on trips for him, Israeli media reported.Lauder, whose family founded the Estee Lauder cosmetics giant, has long been seen as an ally of Netanyahu, who in the late 1990s put him in charge of negotiating with then Syrian president Hafez al-Assad. ‘Campaign of provocation’ Netanyahu has acknowledged receiving money from French tycoon Arnaud Mimran, who was sentenced to eight years in prison over a scam amounting to 283 million euros involving the trade of carbon emissions permits and the taxes on them.Netanyahu’s office said he had received $40,000 in contributions from Mimran in 2001, when he was not in office, as part of a fund for public activities, including appearances abroad to promote Israel.He has also come under scrutiny over an alleged conflict of interest in the purchase of submarines from a German firm.Media reports have alleged a conflict of interest over the role played by the Netanyahu family lawyer, David Shimron, who also acts for the Israeli agent of Germany’s ThyssenKrupp, which builds the Dolphin submarines.Beyond those issues, Israel’s state comptroller released a critical report in May about Netanyahu’s foreign trips, some with his wife and children, between 2003 and 2005 when he was finance minister.Netanyahu, 67, is in his fourth term as prime minister and currently heads what is seen as the most right-wing government in Israeli history.He has served as premier for a total of nearly 11 years, fast approaching revered founding father David Ben-Gurion’s 13 years.Polls have shown that if elections were held today, his Likud party would finish behind the centrist Yesh Atid, but that voters still prefer Netanyahu as prime minister.The inquiry has led to fierce debate in Israeli politics, with Netanyahu’s allies accusing opposition politicians and some in the news media of unfairly pressuring the attorney general.Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, in comments on army radio on Monday, denounced what he called a “campaign of provocation and incitement” against Mandelblit.Others have however accused Mandelblit of moving too slowly.Netanyahu’s predecessor as prime minister, Ehud Olmert, was forced to resign while dogged by corruption allegations.He entered prison in February and is serving 27 months for corruption, making Olmert the first former Israeli premier to serve jail time.last_img read more

Dhaka4 candidate Salauddin injured

first_imgSalauddin AhmedThe candidate for Dhaka-4 constituency Salauddin Ahmed was injured after being allegedly shoved by supporters of the Awami League-led grand alliance.     His family alleged the supporters of the grand alliance or mahajote shoved him while he was walking down the stairs from the fourth floor of Shyampur Model School and College, a polling station in the capital.The grand alliance supporters, however, denied the allegation.Witnesses said some unidentified people pushed him while he was walking down the stairs at about 9:15am on Sunday.They said Salauddin’s nose and legs were imjured. He went home from there.  He emerged from his house, blood-stained and bandaged. He was taken to Asghar Ali Hospital in Gandaria. According to members of BNP and his family, Salauddin and his supporters came under attack when he went to the voting centre at Shyampur Model School and College.Speaking to Prothom Alo, presiding officer SM Rezaul Kabir said Salauddin Ahmed entered Room No. 408 on fourth floor of the voting centre and wanted to know why his polling agents were absent.Salauddin also alleged that his polling agents were driven out, the presiding officer quoted him as saying. Assistant presiding officer denied the allegation and asked Salauddin to bring his polling agents.SM Rezaul Kabir claimed Salauddin misbehaved with assistant sub inspector of police Md Arif.Salauddin threatened to throw the police officer from the fourth floor, the presiding officer added.last_img read more

Moscow says no Russian missile involved in MH17 plane crash

first_imgIn this file photo taken on September 09, 2014 shows part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. Photo : AFPMoscow on Thursday rejected an international investigation that found a Russian missile downed flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, saying no such weapon had ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border and blaming Kiev for the tragedy.”Not a single anti-aircraft missile system from the Russian Federation has ever crossed the Russia-Ukraine border,” the defence ministry said in a statement carried by local news agencies.The ministry accused Ukraine of being behind the disaster in which 298 people died, saying it had presented evidence that “showed the involvement of Ukrainian units using (Soviet-designed) BUK missiles”.Earlier in the day, a Netherlands-led joint investigation team said — for the first time — that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine came from a Russian military brigade.The group “has come to the conclusion that the BUK-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia,” top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen said.He told reporters gathered for a press conference that “the 53rd Brigade forms part of the Russian armed forces.”The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was blown out of the sky over conflict-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.Ukraine and its Western allies have long accused Russia of funnelling troops and arms across the border to fan the flames of the conflict.Moscow has denied the allegations despite overwhelming evidence that it has been involved in the fighting and its explicit political support for the rebels.Investigators had previously concluded that the plane was hit by a Russian-made BUK missile system brought in from Russia and fired from territory in Ukraine held by Moscow-backed rebels. But they had stopped short of directly saying who pulled the trigger.Now the team has painstakingly recreated the route taken by the missile convoy from Kursk towards the border into Ukraine using videos and photos.last_img read more