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Old Oak regeneration ‘requires everyone to work together’ say QPR

first_imgQPR have responded to claims their plans for a sporting and leisure hub at Old Oak have been dealt a serious blow by Cargiant.The club’s owners want to transform the land between Scrubs Lane and Willesden Junction into an area to be known as New Queens Park which would include a 40,000-capacity arena where Rangers would play.The car supermarket company owns 45 acres of the proposed site, is a major local employer and must be relocated for the proposed regeneration of the area to go ahead.Cargiant have been assessing possible sites to relocate their current operation to but also say they are working on their own plans to develop Old Oak and that their proposals do not include a stadium for QPR.Talks between Rangers and Cargiant ended some time ago with both parties believing there was no basis for a partnership.A QPR spokesman said: “The future regeneration of Old Oak requires everyone to work together for the common good – the boroughs, the Mayor, landowners and the local community.“Our current consultation has so far attracted the views of over 1,000 local residents with over 80% in support of our stadium-led regeneration.“The future of Old Oak lies in the regeneration of the entire area and not the uncoordinated and piecemeal development of individual land holdings.”QPR have invited people to give their views on the future regeneration of Old Oak through the club’s consultation: www.new-queens-park.co.ukSee also:Rangers say public supports Old Oak plansFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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55yearold man commits suicide by jumping in front of metro train

first_imgNew Delhi: A 55-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Delhi Metro’s Adarsh Nagar station on Wednesday, leading to a brief delay in services on Yellow Line, officials said. Anil Gupta, a resident of Majlis Park area here, died on the spot, police said. However, no suicide note was found, they said. The Yellow Line connects Samyapur Badli in Delhi to Huda City Centre in Gurgaon. The incident took place around 2.45 pm while the train was going towards Huda City Centre. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOfficials said metro services were briefly affected due to incident between Samaypur Badli and Vishwavidyalaya stations. “A call was received around 3 pm that an unidentified man had jumped in front of a metro train at platform No 1 of the station. The victim died on the spot,” a police official said. The incident happened a day after World Suicide Prevention Day, which seeks to bring awareness on the issue in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. As part of an ongoing campaign by Delhi Metro to raise awareness about sound mental health, the authorities on Tuesday had installed a hoarding at the Patel Chowk metro museum to encourage people to brave through psychologically difficult period instead of giving up on life.last_img read more

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Playboy centrefold and Worlds Sexiest DJ jailed for helping smuggle boyfriend through

first_img(Colleen Shannon/Facebook)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA former Playboy centrefold and “World’s Sexiest DJ” was sentenced to four months in jail this week for helping smuggle her Canadian boyfriend and convicted cocaine trafficker through Akwesasne and into the U.S.Colleen Shannon, who lives in Los Angeles, was sentenced Tuesday and will begin serving her prison term on Dec. 3, according to court documents filed U.S. federal court.Shannon’s boyfriend Robert Skojo is currently under investigation by the RCMP and U.S. authorities for smuggling cocaine from the U.S. into Canada, according to court documents. Skojo was initially denied entry into the U.S. in 2003 as a result of several criminal convictions in Ontario, including for living on the avails of prostitution and trafficking cocaine.“This case is not, in fact, a purely innocuous story of a boyfriend and girlfriend who were divided by an international boundary,” wrote U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian, in his sentencing submission to the court. “It is the story of a convicted narcotics trafficker whose girlfriend engaged in complex machinations to facilitate his entry into and transport within the United States, including by lying to border patrol agents and driving the defendant’s vehicle over the border while he entered unlawfully.”The two began dating in June 2011 after Skojo hired Shannon to DJ a party he was hosting, according to court documents. Their love affair evolved over the next few months as Shannon regularly travelled to Toronto to visit Skojo. The two talked about living together, but Skojo’s criminal record kept him from moving to Los Angeles. Then, in September 2011, Skojo was referred by a friend to someone who could help him get into the U.S. illegally, but he initially balked at the idea.Then, on July 2012, Skojo decided to make his move and he planned to enter the U.S. through Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which straddles the Canada-U.S. border and sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal.According to court documents, Shannon flew to Toronto in August of that year to help Skojo get through the Canada-U.S. border. On Aug. 15, Skojo packed two suitcases and drove his 2005 Bentley with Shannon to meet a contact named “Jerry” at a Toronto gas station.  They followed Jerry to Cornwall, Ont., crossed the bridge to Cornwall Island and met with an unnamed person there to arrange for the crossing.Shannon left Skojo on the island then drove through U.S. customs. Skojo was then ferried across the St. Lawrence River from the island to the U.S. shore, which is still within Akwesasne. They planned to meet at the Great View Motel, just outside Akwesasne.Shannon, however, ran into problems while answering questions from U.S. customs and was put into secondary inspection where she was found to be carrying $9,800 in cash, most of it in $100 bills. Shannon claimed the money came from her work as a DJ. She also told border agents she was a model. The search also turned up Skojo’s luggage.The border agents eventually let her go, but contacted agents with Homeland Security Investigations. She was followed to the Great View Motel where she checked in and awaited for Skojo who slipped into the hotel without being detected by the agent who had the place under surveillance.The two spent the night at the hotel and left in the morning driving Skojo’s Bentley. They were soon stopped by border agents and arrested. During questioning Skojo admitted he was smuggled across the border through Akwesasne.Skojo was sentenced to six months in federal prison last December and fined $1,000.He is “currently the target of a significant narcotics trafficking investigation,” according to Sgt. Frank Gougeon, with the RCMP’s serious and organized crime section, court documents show.Shannon agreed to deal and pleaded guilty to transporting an alien through the U.S.She is scheduled to spin the Playboy Mansion’s Halloween party.She was the centerfold for Playboy’s 50th anniversary edition in [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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California Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains

California Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains

first_imgCalifornia Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains KUSI Newsroom MOUNT LAGUNA (KUSI) – The California Highway Patrol is warning those headed to the mountains for a romp in the freshly fallen snow today that the roads are icy and chains, or four-wheel drive vehicles, are recommended.“Chains are needed from Interstate 8 if you’re exiting from the freeway onto Sunrise Highway,” said Tammy McGuire, CHP dispatch supervisor.“We do have snow plows responding, but they are not here yet.”The CHP said several accidents have been reported, while cautioning travelers to expect delays as crowds work their way up the mountains to play in the snow. December 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: December 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:20 PMlast_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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Take steps to hasten execution of development projects CM

Take steps to hasten execution of development projects CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken up measures including setting up of a five-member Group-of-Ministers (GoM) to further expedite implementation of development projects throughout the state. At the same time, there was discussion about the formation of new mechanisms for better work implementation at Panchayat level.Banerjee held a review meeting on Thursday with ministers and senior officials of a number of departments including Panchayats and Rural Development, Finance, Irrigation and Waterways, Health and Family Welfare, Education, Agriculture, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Housing and Fisheries. The top brass of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) was also present in the meeting along with all the District Magistrates. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt is learnt that the Chief Minister has urged all the concerned officials starting from the District Magistrates to Block Development Officers (BDOs) to take necessary steps to ensure proper monitoring of mid-day meal schemes, vector control measures, functioning of ICDS centres etc.Sources further added that the Chief Minister has set up the GoM comprising state Panchayats and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim, state Food minister Jyotipriya Mallick, Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari and state Public Works Department minister Aroop Biswas to oversee the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter the meeting that continued for more than two long hours at the Nabanna Sabhaghar, Banerjee said: “There was an elaborate discussion in the meeting and officials starting from the District Magistrates to BDOs have been directed to take up necessary measures for proper monitoring to ensure timely implementation of projects.” While speaking on the implementation of the scheme of 100 days work and functioning of Panchayats, Banerjee said there was no problem at all in executing the project. “There are certain systems that need to be followed. There is a case pending with the Supreme Court. The matters will become clear once the Apex Court gives its order for which we are waiting,” she said, adding that the District Magistrates or BDOs were authorised to carry out the work where the boards in the Panchayat level are yet to be formed so that beneficiaries of the 100-days work scheme do not face problem in getting their payments on time.Sources said the Chief Minister had a detailed consultation over the functioning of the Education department and urged state Education minister Partha Chatterjee to speak on the related issues. She also expressed her annoyance over the failure of some officials to implement the view of the minister and urged the state Chief Secretary to look into the matter. At the same time, she also directed a senior official of the Land and Land Reforms department to take up certain issues with some of the Block Land Reforms Officers (BLROs).The KMC and PWD were directed to take steps in areas where roads are not in good condition, one of the sources added.last_img read more

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