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Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12

Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12

first_img Michael Smith, KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCARLSBAD (KUSI) – The Carlsbad flower fields are now open to the public until May 12th.KUSI Chief Photograph Mike Smith stopped by the fields today to catch some people taking advantage of the spring flowers. Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12 Michael Smith, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS Have You Seen This Missing Wilmington Teen

BREAKING NEWS Have You Seen This Missing Wilmington Teen

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a Wilmington teenager has been missing since May 19, 2018.Kathrine Morona, who also went missing in March and was found safe, is a 16-year-old Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5’3″ and 130 pounds. Her nose is pierced and may be wearing glasses. Kathrine may be in the company of an adult male.If seen, please call 911, 1-800-THE-LOST, or the Wilmington Police Department at 978-658-5071.Kathrine MoronaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CHILD: Have You Seen This Wilmington Teen?In “Government”BREAKING NEWS: Have You Seen This 14-Year-Old Girl Missing From Wilmington?In “Breaking”PHOTO OF THE DAY: Have You Seen These 2 Missing Billerica Children?In “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

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NY attorney general probes false bids and offers in Forex market

first_imgNew York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is investigating the posting of false bids and offers in the foreign exchange options market for emerging market currencies, said a person familiar with the matter on Monday.The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said subpoenas were issued last week to four brokerages: BGC Partners, GFI Group, TFS-ICAP and Tullett Prebon Financial Services.US authorities have increased their scrutiny of so-called “ghosting” or “spoofing”, in which a trader tries to create a false appearance of market interest in a stock, commodity or other asset by placing orders and then immediately canceling them. Authorities say such orders can be manipulative.Representatives of BGC, ICAP and Tullett Prebon declined to comment. GFI is majority-owned by BGC.Shares of each of the publicly traded companies were trading lower on Monday, in a broadly flat market.This month, a jury in Chicago convicted a high-frequency trader of commodities fraud and spoofing in the US government’s first criminal prosecution of the trading practice.The trader, Michael Coscia, was convicted under a relatively new statute that was part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulatory overhaul, although as a state official Schneiderman operates under different legal authority.Besides false orders, other tactics in the foreign exchange market have led to billions of dollars in settlements with investors and regulators. US and European regulators have extracted more than $10 billion in settlements with seven banks for failing to stop traders from trying to manipulate foreign exchange rates.last_img read more

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Chennai floods Shares of auto IT cement companies affected by disruption

first_imgHeavy rain and flooding in Chennai had an adverse effect on the stock exchanges, as shares of companies with operations in the city saw a decline.Automobile and IT companies including TVS Motor and Infosys have suffered a major disruption to their operations in Chennai due to incessant rain.Amid rising concern over its operations being hit by heavy rain in Chennai, shares of two-wheeler manufacturer TVS Motor plunged nearly 5% on Wednesday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), while the benchmark indices traded marginally lower.”Incessant rain for the past three weeks in Chennai have had an adverse effect on the company’s production during the period. The company’s suffered sales loss of approximately 15,000 units due to inclement weather,” said TVS Motor in a statement to the BSE.Similarly, stocks prices of commercial-vehicle-maker Ashok Leyland have fallen more than 4% in the past three trading sessions due to excessive rain in Chennai. Its plant at Ennore on the outskirts of Chennai contributes to 40% of its overall production, NDTV Profit reported.Shares of IT firms, which have many offices in Chennai, have also witnessed a decline. The sectoral BSE IT index fell about 1% compared to the just 0.2% decline the benchmark index.While the shares of India’s second-largest IT firm Infosys traded 1.5% lower, TCS shares erased all losses to trade flat.”As a precautionary measure for the safety of our employees due to flooding at the Infosys campuses in Chennai, we have closed our offices today. To ensure client commitments are met, we are managing work from other locations,” said Infosys.Cement and oil-refining companies have also been adversely impacted by the heavy downpour in Chennai. Cement-manufacturer India Cements saw its share prices slump around 4%, while Chennai Petroleum Corp shares traded nearly 2% lower.Chennai Petroleum Corp, a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corp, said it could suspend operations in one of its three refining units located in Tamil Nadu.AUTOMOBILE FIRMSAmong automobile firms, Hyundai, Ford and Renault have temporarily suspended operations at their plants.”We have suspended three shifts, one last night and two shifts for today, at our plant due to the rain,” a Hyundai Motor India Ltd official said, reports PTI. Resumption of operations will depend on the emerging situation, according to the official.Hyundai’s Chennai plant has a capacity to produce around 6.8 lakh vehicles annually.Ford India has also suspended operations at its Chennai plant.”Continued heavy rains in Chennai have resulted in significant flooding in the area with many roads impassable. For the safety of our employees, we have halted production at our Chennai assembly and engine plants on Wednesday, December 2,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.Ford’s Chennai plant has a capacity to produce 3.4 lakh engines and 2 lakh cars annually.Renault India has also said operations at its Chennai plant have been suspended for a day on Wednesday. The Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Chennai has a capacity to roll out up to 4.8 lakh vehicles per year.”Today we are not operating at the plant. The safety of our employees is paramount. We are monitoring the situation closely and resumption of operations will depend entirely on the weather improving,” Renault India operations country CEO and managing director Sumit Sawhney said, according to PTI.Meanwhile, rain fury in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu are likely to cause a financial loss in excess of Rs 15,000 crore, said industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).It urged the Modi government to immediately announce an appropriate relief and rehabilitation package for the industry in Tamil Nadu. The chamber said that small and medium enterprises, automobile and engineering industries, textiles and tourism have been badly affected.last_img read more

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Big update on Rishabh Pants position Bhuvneshwar Kumars injury and possible team

first_imgIndia’s campaign was cruising along, but the defeat against England has suddenly forced the management to sit up and address few issues. There are issues with the opening order, there is a gaping hole in the middle order and then there are issues with the Kedar Jadhav’s role in the side. Ahead of the match against Bangladesh, India’s batting coach Sanjay Manjrekar addressed all these issues and tried to give an explanation for the same.For starters, Bangar said that India will keep Rishabh Pant at number 4 as he offers flexibility since he is a left-hander and this can be very helpful in the middle order.”I felt he had a decent innings,” Bangar told reporters at Edgbaston. “He got 32 and played a couple of good shots, got a partnership going (with Hardik Pandya), so we’re going to persist with him.”He was then asked about the much-talked-about intent of MS Dhoni and India’s approach in the latter end of their chase against England. Bangar shrugged aside any question over Dhoni and said that he was surprised the question over MS Dhoni keeps coming up after every second match.Dhoni does the job for the side MS DhoniICC TwitterHe also believed that Dhoni was doing a job for the side and that the management and the side were very happy with his intent.”I’m surprised that this question continues to come up every now and then. He’s doing the job for the team and overall we’re very happy with the intent he’s batting with,” Bangar said on the eve of the match against Bangladesh.”Except for one odd innings (28 off 52 balls against Afghanistan), he has always performed his role. Five out of seven games he has done the job for the team,” he further added.The small boundaries on one side at Edgbaston could force India to tweak their bowling combinations and Bangar said that they have always been flexible and will take a look at the conditions on offer before making a call before the match as far as the bowling stocks are concerned. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fit and he could be in the side replacing Kuldeep Yadav, while Ravindra Jadeja could replace Kedar Jadhav as the all-rounder lower down the order. Virat KohliBCCI Twitter”We know the wicket and ground dimensions really well. We would try to learn from the match against England. We will assess the things that went wrong and try to execute our skills better against Bangladesh,” Bangar said.”The team management will be open to various combinations in the next match. We will look at the wicket and the ground dimensions. We will look at Ravindra Jadeja coming in,” he further added.last_img read more

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As quota protests escalate Quader meets demonstrators

As quota protests escalate Quader meets demonstrators

first_imgTwenty of the protesters are going to Secretariat for talks Photo : Prothom Alo The government holds talks with the quota reform protesters in the wake of escalation of protests across the country over the quota systerm.Following overnight violence over demonstration at and around Dhaka University campus demanding reforms in quota system in public service, protests were held on all major campuses across the country on Monday.The protesters under the banner of Bangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokhon Parishad (Action Council for General Students’ Rights) have in the meantime gave a deadline for the release of around 25 demonstrators who were detained.Against this backdrop, ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader convened a meeting with the demonstrators on Monday afternoon.He called 20 members of the protesters to the Secretariat, leaders of parishad said.Its joint convener Rashed Khan earlier said they are ready for talks on the quota reform with the government.The AL’s media wing also confirmed that Obaidul Quader called 20 of the protesters for talks.The protests have already spread across the country since the morning.The students boycotted classes and examinations and blocked roads and highways near their campuses disrupting traffic movement in the near-by areas.SavarStudents of Jahangirnagar University boycotted the classes and examinations and staged demonstration. A group of students blocked the Dhaka-Arichah highway for some time.Prothom Alo JU correspondent said students also clashed with law enforcers at Dairy gate of the campus.Students of Rajshahi University blocked the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway to press home their demand of Quota reform in public servicesRajshahiStudents of Rajshahi University blocked the highway in front of the university. The demonstrators gathered at the main building from 10am in the morning and blocked the Rajshahi-Dhaka highway.Students of Islami University, Kushtia boycotted their classes and stage demonstration on the campusKushtiaStudents at Islami University, Kushtia boycotted their classes and staged demonstration. They gathered at the campuses from the morning and marched the whole campus. Regular classes and examinations were not held at the university.However, university proctor Mahbubur Rahman claimed that classes and examinations were held as usual.A law department student told Prothom Alo that classes were scheduled to be held at 9am but as almost all students joined the protest, classes could not be held. She said they “felt bad seeing the photographs of the injured students on Facebook”.NoakhaliStudents at Noakhali Science and Technology University staged demonstration at 10 am helding process around the campus, Prothom Alo Noakhali correspondent reported. The students boycotted classes.Witnesses said students gathered on the campus at 10 am and blocked the nearby the Sonapur-Subornochor road and movement of vehicles remained suspended on this road. Students said they would continue the protest till their demands are met.Prothom Alo tried to take university proctor Mushfiqur Rahman’s version but he declined to comment on the situation.Read more :’Protest to spread across country if protesters not freed’Quota reform demo in framesBNP supports quota reformAt least 80 protesters injured in quota reform clashes’BCL opened fire on protesters’Police use rubber bullets to disperse quota protesterslast_img read more

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Church of Englands synod takes on Brexit divisions as zero hour approaches

Church of Englands synod takes on Brexit divisions as zero hour approaches

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LONDON (RNS) — The Church of England’s most senior leaders are expected to rebuke Britain’s political leaders over their handling of Brexit at the church’s General Synod this week.In a special motion at synod, just weeks before the Brexit deadline, the archbishops of Canterbury and York will urge politicians to do more to heal divisions in society.The motion, put forward by Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, and John Sentamu, archbishop of York, says that “social divisions feel more entrenched and intractable than for many years.” It also refers to “the divisions within the major political parties which are stifling the emergence of a hopeful and viable visions for the common good in our communities.”Although the motion does not explicitly mention Brexit, it says that “the nation’s leaders must work together for the common good at this time of division” and that the Christian commitment “to putting the voices of the poor and marginalized at the heart of the nation’s concerns” must be reaffirmed.The archbishops call on every diocese and parish to pray regularly for Parliament members and the government, seeking God’s strength and wisdom for the responsibilities they bear.Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, addresses the General Synod at Church House on Feb. 20, 2019, in London. Video screengrab via Church of EnglandThe synod debate comes in the same week that Prime Minister Theresa May has written to all 317 Tory MPs, urging them to unite behind a Brexit deal while warning them “history will judge us all” over the process. But three of her Conservative MPs quit their party. Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to May saying that the government’s “disastrous handling” of Brexit was the final straw. Meanwhile, May was striving yet again this week to persuade the European Union to agree to changes to the “backstop” plan to prevent the return of customs checks on the Irish border.The U.K. remains on course to leave the European Union on March 29, even as May has been unable so far to convince a majority of MPs to back the withdrawal terms she struck with the EU last year.The country also remains deeply divided over Brexit, with growing anxiety about the impact on jobs and investment when Britain quits the EU, especially if a new relationship with Europe is not in place by the time of Britain’s withdrawal.Church of England Synod officials have cleared almost two hours in the agenda on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23) to enable the assembly of representatives of clergy, bishops and lay members of the church to debate the motion on the state of the nation.This is at least the third time Welby has voiced his concern in the Brexit debate. Two years ago, in his presidential address to General Synod, he said the Church of England must take part in reshaping post-Brexit Britain or risk seeing the country ruined by its current problems.“This could be a time of liberation, of seizing and defining the future, or it could be one in which the present problems seize our national future and define us,” he said.Attendees take a break to meet one another at the Church of England’s General Synod at Church House on Feb. 20, 2019, in London. Video screengrab via Church of EnglandIn January, speaking in the House of Lords, Welby warned that if Parliament fails in the task entrusted to it of sorting out a Brexit deal, a second referendum might be necessary. “This is about more than Brexit, and Parliament must not show itself unfit for the job,” he said.Just before Christmas, Church of England bishops also said they were praying for “courage, integrity and clarity for our politicians” at a time of turmoil over Brexit, while Welby and Sentamu called on churches to pray for politicians, “praying for wisdom, courage, integrity and compassion for our political leaders and all MPs; for reconciliation; and for fresh and uniting vision for all in our country.”Their comments were also endorsed by the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, along with the Most Rev. John Davies, archbishop of Wales.With time running out, the U.K.’s Anglican churches aren’t the only ones praying for Britain. The umbrella organization Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has issued a request that all its member churches and associated bodies join together “in a time of dedicated prayer for the political situation in the United Kingdom.”The moderator of CTBI, Angaelos, Coptic archbishop of London, asked for help from abroad as well, saying, “We hope and pray that every person of faith will join us in prayer across our nation, and beyond.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Catherine Pepinster Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Catherine Pepinster,Load Comments,Pope demands ‘concrete’ response to abuse crisis at Vatican summit By: Catherine Pepinster Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Catholicism By: Catherine Pepinster Share This! Share This! 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SheriffElect Ed Gonzalez Wants To End Program That Leads To Deportations

SheriffElect Ed Gonzalez Wants To End Program That Leads To Deportations

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Florian MartinHarris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez wants to end the 287(g) program because he deems it can violate due process and it is an unnecessary strain on the resources of the Sheriff’s Office.Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick supports a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities, which are communities that don’t fully cooperate with the federal government in turning over undocumented immigrants, but the next Harris County Sheriff wants to work less with the feds.Harris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez wants to eliminate the 287(g) program, by which the Sheriff’s Office alerts immigration authorities when they have undocumented immigrants in the county jail.Gonzalez argues the program can violate due process and it is an unnecessary strain on the resources of the Sheriff’s Office.He is also worried about distrust because immigrant communities get the impression that “the Police are now basically deportation agents.”Additionally, Gonzalez argues the program can lead to racial profiling, but some disagree.That is the case of Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism at NumbersUSA, a group based in Virginia that advocates for reducing the levels of legal immigration to the United States and ending illegal immigration.“I don’t think the intent of the program is to single out people who may be in the country illegally. I think the intent of the program is just to help assist the federal government in enforcement of immigration laws,” Chmielenski says.So, what do two top politicians in greater Houston think about eliminating the 287(g)?Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says he didn’t follow “any of the political campaign so, no, I have no comment.”And Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner comments he will leave that “concern” to the County.Doing away with the program could mean trouble for Harris County because Patrick says eliminating sanctuary cities is one of his priorities for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature.Republican State Senator Charles Perry has already introduced a bill which requires that city and county jails cooperate with immigration authorities and, if it becomes law, the State could deny funding for those that don’t comply.An example of that funding is the one that pays for some law enforcement programs, according to a person familiar with the bill.Gonzalez acknowledges he is concerned about possible punishment by the State if he eliminates the 287(g), but he hopes things will not come to that because of the political negotiations in Austin.“There’ll be strong dialogue on both sides of it,” Gonzalez notes “and I hope that we could move away from regressive type of policies that are impactful, especially to one large segment of the community, which is the Latino community in this case.”Gonzalez takes office next January. 00:00 /02:26 Sharelast_img read more

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Pakistan Foreign Minister US Envoy Discuss Trumps Accusation That The Country Shelters

Pakistan Foreign Minister US Envoy Discuss Trumps Accusation That The Country Shelters

first_img Share Carolyn Kaster/APPresident Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer in Arlington Va., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during a Presidential Address to the Nation about a strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The Latest on President Donald Trump and US policy in Afghanistan (all times local): 8:50 a.m. Pakistan says the American ambassador has met with the foreign minister to discuss President Donald Trump’s accusation that Pakistan is sheltering terrorists. Pakistan also says that Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “in the next few days” in Washington. A Pakistani government statement isn’t directly addressing Trump’s accusations or his warning that Pakistan put an “immediate” end to its practice of harboring insurgents. The statement does stress “Pakistan’s perspective and desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan.” The statement says the minister reminded the American ambassador that thousands of Pakistanis have been victims of terrorism and that Pakistan wants to work with other countries to “eliminate the menace of terrorism.” ___ 8:15 a.m. Germany’s foreign minister is calling on the United States to consult with Europe on how to make Afghanistan “more peaceful and more secure.” Sigmar Gabriel says it’s important to ensure that “people from Afghanistan don’t have to flee to us.” He says “further migration destabilizes not just Afghanistan but also Europe.” Afghans were the third-biggest group of people seeking asylum in Germany in July, behind Syrians and Iraqis. President Donald Trump has recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. ___ 7:33 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump is sending a “message of resolve and commitment” on Afghanistan. Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday, Pence said Trump is offering “a whole new regional strategy for South Asia.” During a nationally televised address Monday night, Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Trump did not detail how many more U.S. troops will be sent. Pence said the exact numbers were “yet to be seen.” Pence also defended Trump, who touched off a firestorm after saying “both sides” were to blame for violence that erupted at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The vice president said Trump has denounced “bigotry and hatred,” adding that “there was no moral equivalency drawn by the president.” ___ 7:15 a.m. The German government is welcoming “the United States’ readiness to continue its long-term commitment in Afghanistan.” The government said in a statement Tuesday after President Donald Trump alluded to deploying more American troops in Afghanistan that Germany and the U.S. share the aim of ensuring that no terror attacks are spawned there. It added: “It is right, and the German government has long advocated this, for the end of the deployment to be linked to the conditions on the ground.” It pressed for the Afghan government to step up its reform and anti-corruption efforts, but also to “seek dialogue with the parts of the Taliban that are prepared for a peaceful reconciliation.” Germany is one of the major contributors to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, with 950 troops largely in northern Afghanistan. ___ 6:55 a.m. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley says President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. stands behind its commitment to Afghanistan demonstrates his understanding of the weight of his office — a point the president made in his speech Monday night. “It’s one thing to be a candidate and talk about what you think,” Haley said on CNN’s ” New Day,” the morning after Trump broke with his campaign statements opposing continuing U.S. involvement in the war-ravaged nation. Haley also says she believes Trump turned in favor of staying the course there because “he listened to his generals.” She tells CNN that Trump words reflect his desire to pursue a “results-based” policy in South Asia, with less focus on the duration of the commitment and less speculation about troop strength. ___ 6:40 a.m. Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani says he appreciates President Donald Trump’s commitment to Afghanistan, which Trump announced in a speech outlining his strategy for the war-torn country. Ghani, who was traveling in southern Kandahar province, released a statement Tuesday thanking Trump and the American people. Ghani said there will be an increase in training, advising and assisting Afghan security forces as well as the country’s air force and special forces. He says the implementation of Trump’s strategy will help stabilize the region. ___ 6:30 a.m. The top U.S. diplomat in Kabul says President Donald Trump made it clear that the U.S. “is not going anywhere,” while at the same time warning the Afghan government that it too has much to do if stability is to come to Afghanistan. Special Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy Ambassador Hugo Llorens in a statement Tuesday urged the Afghan government to deal with widespread corruption, make good on a promise to hold parliamentary polls next year and enact tough economic reforms. He also called on Afghanistan’s leadership to shed its ethnic differences and embrace each other. Llorens said the U.S. will also “maintain pressure on the Taliban to join a peace process with the Afghan government to end the war in Afghanistan.” Trump has yet to appoint an ambassador to Afghanistan, making Llorens the top U.S. diplomat in the country. ___ 6:00 a.m. China is defending its close ally Pakistan following comments by President Donald Trump that the country was not doing enough to shut down safe havens for terror groups operating out of its territory. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Tuesday said Pakistan lies on the front line of the anti-terrorism struggle and has made “great sacrifices” in battling insurgents who pose a threat to the region and the world. In his speech Monday, Trump said the U.S. “can no longer be silent” about terrorist safe havens in Pakistan and that the country gives sanctuary to “agents of chaos, violence and terror.” China and Pakistan have close economic, political and security ties dating back decades, based partly on their shared distrust of India, with which both have disputed borders. ___ 3:18 a.m. Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must “fight to win.” He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America’s longest war. In a prime-time address to unveil his new Afghanistan strategy, Trump said Monday the U.S. would shift away from a “time-based” approach, instead linking its assistance to results and to cooperation from the beleaguered Afghan government, Pakistan and others. He insisted it would be a “regional” strategy that addressed the roles played by other South Asian nations — especially Pakistan’s harboring of elements of the Taliban. “America will work with the Afghan government as long as we see determination and progress,” Trump said. “However, our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check.” Still, Trump offered few details about how progress would be measured.last_img read more

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Dow Gains 669 Points Amid Reported Trade Talks With China

Dow Gains 669 Points Amid Reported Trade Talks With China

first_img Share Richard Drew/APTrader Fran O’Connell works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average rebounded sharply on Monday following a report of U.S.-China trade talks.Updated at 4:05 p.m. ETU.S. stock indexes surged about 3 percent Monday after fears eased of a trade war with China. The two big trading partners reportedly are negotiating to improve U.S. access to Chinese markets.The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. and China have “quietly started negotiating” and that U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is considering a trip to Beijing for talks.The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 669 points, or nearly 2.8 percent, to 24,203. The S&P 500 index climbed 70 points, or 2.7 percent, and the Nasdaq gained 228 points, or 3.3 percentLast Thursday and Friday, the Dow lost more than a total of 1,100 points amid increasing signs of a looming trade war between the two major trading partners.The Journal, citing people with knowledge of the matter, said:“The talks, which cover wide areas including financial services and manufacturing, are being led by Liu He, China’s economic czar in Beijing, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington.“In a letter Messrs. Mnuchin and Lighthizer sent to Mr. Liu late last week, the Trump administration set out specific requests that include a reduction of Chinese tariffs on U.S. automobiles, more Chinese purchases of U.S. semiconductors and greater access to China’s financial sector by American companies, the people said. Mr. Mnuchin is weighing a trip to Beijing to pursue the negotiations, one of these people said.”Stock indexes around the world fell last week as the Trump administration prepared to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese imports in a bid to cut the U.S. trade deficit with China by $50 billion.“The tariffs on China are a response to long-standing complaints that Beijing unfairly requires U.S. companies to share their technology as a cost of doing business in that country,” NPR’s Scott Horsley reported.The Chinese government announced a list of retaliatory tariffs it would impose on about $3 billion worth of U.S. exports, in response to a separate set of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. President Trump on Thursday signed a temporary exemption — until May 1 — from the steel and aluminum tariffs for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Canada, Mexico and the European Union.Speaking Monday on Morning Edition, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said the U.S. should focus “on what is a major issue … the forced transfer of valuable U.S. technologies to Chinese firms, and not concentrate on issues that are probably counterproductive for the American economy anyway, like steel.”Tariffs on steel and aluminum could hurt other manufacturers that use those metals to make everything from aircraft to Hershey’s Kisses.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Oldest Member of Corrupt Baltimore Police Unit Gets 18 Years

Oldest Member of Corrupt Baltimore Police Unit Gets 18 Years

first_imgBy DAVID McFADDEN, Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — The most veteran member of a deeply corrupt Baltimore police unit was sentenced Friday to 18 years, becoming the sixth member of the disbanded squad to head to federal prison.U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake handed down the punishment to former Gun Trace Task Force member Daniel Hersl, who had a reputation as a dirty officer stretching back years. The 48-year-old was the oldest member of the disbanded unit.This undated file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Detective Daniel Hersl. The veteran police officer who was a member of a deeply corrupt Baltimore squad faces sentencing Friday, June 22, 2018, a few months after a jury found him guilty of racketeering and robbery. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)Wearing a red jail jumpsuit, Hersl shrugged in resignation as he was led out of the courtroom in front of a gallery holding about a dozen supporters. One relative called out, “We love you, Danny” as he was escorted away.Federal prosecutor Leo Wise asserted that the ex-detective “devalued” people he dealt with as a city law enforcer and “abused his power to prey on them.” He said he also ripped off taxpayers by committing rampant overtime fraud, including an entire month that he spent refurbishing his house while on the force’s clock.A federal jury had found him guilty of racketeering and robbery earlier this year. Hersl had sought a new trial early Friday, but Blake rejected the request.His defense attorney, William Purpura, never denied that his client took money but argued that it didn’t rise to charges of robbery or extortion.Outside the courthouse, Purpura told reporters he will file an appeal. He has 14 days to do so.Three of Hersl’s siblings spoke on his behalf before he was sentenced, leading their younger brother to dab his eyes with tissues. Purpura read one 2017 letter Hersl wrote to his family from jail saying he was being transferred to his fourth lockup in eight months because some inmates had hatched a plan to choke him with shoelaces.Hersl was one of eight indicted members of the once-lauded Gun Trace Task Force, which was tasked with getting illegal guns off the streets of a city plagued by violent crime. He had pleaded not guilty to racketeering and robbery charges along with another officer, Marcus Taylor.During their trial, jurors heard nearly three weeks of testimony from drug dealers, a crooked bail bondsman and four disgraced task force colleagues who detailed astonishing levels of misconduct.Evidence included a call recorded by the FBI that captured several of the detectives’ voices during and after a chaotic high-speed chase was set into motion when unit supervisor Sgt. Wayne Jenkins tried to stop a car he suspected of having some kind of contraband worth looting.After the chase resulted in a two-car wreck, officers could be heard telling each other that Jenkins didn’t want anybody to “call it in” or get involved in providing help. When discussing what kind of response they could feasibly have if they get linked to the accident, Hersl could be heard saying: “Hey, I was in this car, just driving home.” He then chuckles.On Friday, Wise told Blake that this recording “gave a very chilling sense of how (Hersl) viewed himself and how he viewed the community he was supposed to serve.”Wise asked for a 20-year prison sentence. Blake imposed 18, the same total number of years that Taylor received.The six other indicted task force members all pleaded guilty in the federal investigation. Four of them testified as witnesses for the government during the trial for Hersl and Taylor.Now that Hersl has been sentenced, only two disgraced members of the rogue unit have yet to receive their punishments. Ex-detectives Jemell Rayam and Momodu Gondo, who have both cooperated with the government, don’t have sentencing dates set yet and there’s speculation that U.S. prosecutors intend to continue using their testimony moving forward.Scores of cases involving the officers have already been dropped and many fear numerous hardened criminals will go free. Wise said that while innocent victims have been cleared now that the corrupt unit has been exposed, he believes that “far great numbers” of “armed violent offenders will be released” due to their corrupt actions.___Follow McFadden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmcfadd1last_img read more

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NSD catches Shakespeare in myriad moods

NSD catches Shakespeare in myriad moods

first_imgLiterature, clashing cultures and global performance genres merge quaintly on the Indian stage, riding on legendary 16th century playwright William Shakespeare’s works at the National School of Drama’s annual theatre fest in the Capital.The annual showcase of the country’s premier drama school turned its spotlight on ‘inter-cultural Shakespeare’ this time, with a cache of six productions from across the world.These are a Hindi version of Twelfth Night; an Indian-British interpretation of The Tempest; a Bengali Macbeth; a retelling of Othello in Malayalam; a non-verbal Indian-American Shakespeare collage, The Knocking Within; and Julius Ceaser in Assamese by Guwahati’s Seagull Theatre group. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Theatre critics said the festival reflected the globalization of a trend that began nearly 300 years ago in India when the British rulers brought Shakespeare’s plays to these shores to entertain the ‘white crew’ of the erstwhile East India Company.Today, Shakespeare has become part of the Indian heritage, a favourite across class and language divides. His works now spawn cross-cultural innovations.The flavour of Shakespeare on the Indian stage is now one of innovative conceptualism, where the bard’s stories are expressed as ideas. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYamadoothu – After the death of Othello – a bilingual adaptation of Othello in Malayalam and Hindi by B. Abhimanyu dramatises the 30 minutes between the death of the body and the death of mind in the case of Othello. The play runs for 73 minutes.The production Indianised the performance without digressing from its original elements. Kalaripayatu – the native martial dance of Kerala – was used to good effect.’Before making the performance text, we had a clear cut idea about death – and the difference between body death and mind death. It is a scientific thing, the time period when you can see people but you can’t respond. It gives us a certain language to perform. All things appear dreamy,’ said Thrissur-based Abhimanyu. Explaining one possible reason why Shakespeare may be easily adapted across the world, Paddy Haytor, founder of French repertory company Footsbarn Theatre, said: ‘It is believed that most of Shakespeare’s plays were collated into a compendium of texts after his death as a result of which the texts were improvised many times.’Haytor has adapted Shakespeare’s The Tempest in English, Malayalam, French and Sanskrit in the outdoor style using traditional, operatic, Western folk and contemporary theatre elements. Last year, London’s Globe Theatre had commissioned Mumbai-based The Company Theatre to produce Piya Bahuroopiya, an Indian adaptation of Twelfth Night for the ‘Globe to Globe Shakespeare’ festival to coincide with the London Olympics.‘It renders itself to any language. But we were meant to stay with the rules of Shakespeare when we staged the play. But it has changed after we moved out of the Globe Theatre. We have restructured on the floor, allowing it to grow organically,’ director Atul Kumar told.The National School of Drama has re-invented Shakespeare in the Indian context. Two of the most memorable productions were a 1965 rendition of King Lear starring Om Shiv Puri and a 1989 production directed by Amal Allana in a Rajasthani milieu.last_img read more

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Coal scam Jindal denies building pressure on Koda with Cong help

Coal scam Jindal denies building pressure on Koda with Cong help

first_imgFormer MP Naveen Jindal on Tuesday refuted the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) allegation in a special court that he had pressurised the then Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda to recommend his firms for coal block, with a promise to garner support of the Congress for his unstable government.Senior advocate SV Raju, appearing for Jindal, said his client had nothing to do with the Congress’ outside support to Koda’s government from 2006 to 2008 and it was senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel who was concerned with it. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“I (Jindal) was only an MP of the Congress and had nothing to do with the party’s support to the Madhu Koda government in Jharkhand….there are statements of CBI witness who says that Koda had met Ahmed Patel in Delhi,” Raju told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar during arguments on framing of charges.“It was Ahmed Patel who was concerned with the Congress party’s support to Madhu Koda’s government. As far as support to Koda’s government is concerned, I (Jindal) had no role in that,” he said. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probe“As far as the alleged political compulsion of Koda is concerned, I had nothing to do with it. It was Ahmed Patel who was the man concerned,” he argued, adding: “The CBI’s allegation that I was pressurising Koda, is vague.” This assumes significance as the CBI had claimed in its charge-sheet that Jindal, who was then a Congress MP, had conspired with Koda and promised to help him in completing his term as Chief Minister in return for allocation of coal block in Jharkhand to his firms. Koda, who was an Independent MLA, was Jharkhand Chief Minister from September 14, 2006, to August 23, 2008, with the support of Congress, RJD and other parties.last_img read more

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German channel provider Your Family Entertainment

first_imgGerman channel provider Your Family Entertainment has launched its kids and family entertainment channel Yourfamily in Bulgaria.The Bulgarian version of the channel can currently be accessed on the Vivacom IP video-on-demand platform, the Vodafone Live mobile platform, Telekom Austria-owned service provider Megalan’s IPTV network and the platforms of cable operators MSAT, Cores Group and TV-Net.  Braykoff Media is acting as the local distributor and local studio Doli is providing content localisation services.last_img

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TV advertising spend in the UK reached a record hi

TV advertising spend in the UK reached a record hi

first_imgTV advertising spend in the UK reached a record high of £5.27 billion last year, driven by spend by online companies such as Netflix and Facebook, according to new research by Thinkbox.The UK marketing body for commercial TV said that full year figure was up 7.4% from 2014 and marks the sixth consecutive year that TV advertising revenue has grown in the UK.The £5.27 billion figure covers all money invested by advertisers in commercial TV – across linear spots and sponsorship, broadcaster VoD, and product placement.Citing Nielsen data, Thinkbox said that the growth has been fuelled by increased investment in all major marketing categories, with “significant growth coming from online companies”.“Online businesses invested over £500 million in TV in 2015, an increase of 14% on 2014. Google, Facebook and Netflix spend over 60% of their marketing budgets on TV advertising,” according to the study.In total there were 877 new or returning advertisers on TV last year, with Facebook the year’s biggest new TV advertiser, investing £10.8 million.Thinkbox also said that in 2015 TV advertising was 30% cheaper in real terms than 10 years ago – due in part to increased advertiser demand and some decline in TV set viewing.Overall, TV accounted for 26.9% of the total UK ad market in 2015 which came to £19.7 billion overall.“TV advertising works, it works better than anything else, and it works for all budgets. Nothing else has TV’s reach, scale and connection with audiences; no other form of advertising is as trusted,” claimed Thinkbox CEO Lindsey Clay.“Advertisers of all sizes, from global technology companies to local businesses, know this and have voted with their investment. Online businesses in particular recognise the impact TV advertising has and have significantly increased their investment recently. This is something we expect to continue in 2016.”last_img read more

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